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Students learn in a variety of different ways — mostly in a combination of auditory, visual and kinesthetic methods. This means that we need things explained verbally and visually, and then need to actually practice or take a hands-on approach. Traditional teaching methods are great for the auditory learner, but others need that visual and kinesthetic approach.

That is where the blackboard came in. Probably the dullest of all teaching tools, it was pretty limited in what it could offer students visually and got chalk dust all over everyone. That’s not exactly ideal.

Then came the interactive whiteboard, which some teachers find hard to use. The touchscreen display can be temperamental, so instructors may actually find traditional methods of teaching to be more convenient and simple. So what seemed like a good solution proved to be even more of a hassle.

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Enter Windows 10 and the Edge browser. Since most schools have already invested in computers, this brings increased innovation and tech tools into the classroom without a large expense. They just need a projection system, and HDMI cable or a way to share screens.

So what if teachers were able to use the Edge technology to optimise teaching methods? Kinesthetic and visual learners would no longer be at a disadvantage.

Increased interactivity

Edge offers people the option to draw, highlight and take notes on web pages, which could greatly aid teachers during lessons. Basically, what they would write on the blackboard comes to life in a much more visually appealing way.

Instead of subpar chalk drawings, a teacher can label different countries on a blank map found on the internet. Notes can be made in color, instead of the usual black and white. Instead of just listing vocabulary words, instructors can highlight them in articles where the students can see real-world applications.

Basically, students tend to have limited attention spans, so keeping them engaged with visuals will help them enjoy lessons.

Read view for fewer distractions

Speaking of that limited attention span, younger students are especially hard to get focused. Thankfully, Edge offers a feature called “read view” that reduces a web page to its bare bones. It removes images, ads, banners and other elements of an article or web page, leaving only the text.

Removing these distractions can keep the students focused on the information they need to learn. After the teacher is done explaining the content of the article, they can exit from read view and show the images in the article for the visual learners.

The Trusty Sidekick

Sometimes, a teacher needs an aide. So, naturally, Edge comes with an “Ask Cortana” feature to help teachers explain things further.

Say a class is in a history lesson, learning about the Roman Empire. If the teacher wants to talk more specifically about Augustus Caesar, he or she can highlight the name and “ask” Cortana to find more in-depth information about him to show the class.

For more information, or to upgrade your device or computer to Windows 10 — featuring Edge — click here.

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