Going beyond engagement is becoming the new standard.

Educators have experienced a significant evolution of available technology for the classroom. The likes of radio, PowerPoint and television have been rapidly replaced by mobile devices that offer a personalized experience. But something is holding education back, argues School Planning & Management. Until now, technologies weren’t easy enough, powerful enough or flexible enough to serve as the foundation for education students. The new goal, the journal argues, is to go beyond engaging students and offer a fascinating experience that makes personalized learning the new norm. School Planning & Management offers this take on how fascination goes beyond engagement:

Unlike engagement, the term “fascination” suggests total immersion in a subject, where students are motivated by their innate curiosity to teach themselves in a personalized way. Let’s face it, we’ve all met adults who didn’t achieve a high level of education, yet they are encyclopedic when it comes to a subject that excites them. That’s fascination at work.

Although fascinating classrooms still contain tried-and-true manual tools — paper and writing instruments remain critical for numerous tasks — technologies enabled by immediate access are essential to the learning environment. We’re already seeing a paradigm shift in some districts made possible by mobility and ready access. Students are creating stop-motion videos on laptops to study how trees grow. Teachers are juxtaposing sound and image on computers to create personalized rhyming games for children. And the possibilities only begin there. As connectivity in classroom increases, the door is opening for educators to create learning experiences that move beyond engaging.

Read more about creating fascinating learning environments at School Planning & Management.