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Sample a Taste of Bite-Sized Learning: A Series – Week One

What is Bite-Sized Learning? The world of education is changing.  Attention spans are getting smaller.  Digital screens are replacing paper pages. Personalized plans are meant for everyone.  Self-paced learning is sweeping through classrooms.  When all that intersects together, what we get is bite-sized learning. 

Sample a Taste of Bite-Sized Learning: Week 1

This blog post kicks off a series on bite-sized learning presented in a bite-sized format.  Over the next few weeks, I will present various information on through infographics, video, images, and more.

You'll be able to learn what bite-sized learning is.

When it began.

Why we use it.

What are some examples.

How I put it into practice in my classroom and more. 

By absorbing the material in the following posts, you will be able to learn about both the content and structure of bite-sized learning, as well as the application and processes applied.

Bite-Sized Learning Infographic

Bite-sized learning is information broken down into small little chunks, manageable for easy assimilation into the brain.  The best length of time for bite-sized learning chunks is 10-15 minutes.  

The average person engages with video for an average of 3 minutes.

It is believed that this method began in the 1990s as the Internet developed and became more popular.  As technology evolved as a teaching tool, it became easier to turn to the Internet for a quick answer than to read books or magazines for hours.

One distinct difference from Microlearning. Bite-sized learning and microlearning are very similar but bite-sized learning addresses only one learning objective or standard at a time.  By focusing on one, and only one objective or standard, measurement of growth can be more easily obtained.

The average person engages with podcasts for usually 15-18 minutes before losing interest.

Information sourced from elucidat.com, trainingindustry.com, elearningindustry.com, snhu.edu

Do you use this method of teaching in your repertoire?

Bite-Sized Learning Begins

Starting in the 1990s with the invention of the Internet, bite-sized learning began to make its mark. It has been growing in popularity ever since. With information at the fingertips of individuals and books and magazines becoming outdated increasingly quickly, people turn to their phones, computers, and the Internet for what they want to know. Quick searches can find anything from how to teach reading, to what country in Africa has never been invaded.

Along with this, however, has come a decreasing attention span. People move from article to article and video to podcast, quickly. The human attention span wanes and more must be done to hold attention or to move from topic to topic in order to keep the learning moving. With people riveted for only 3 – 18 minutes, depending on the medium of media, teachers are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to educating and entertaining young minds in the classroom.

By using bite-sized learning to break information and learning into chunks, it creates a more manageable learning environment for the modern learner. By addressing one objective or standard at a time, teachers more accurately measure growth. Together these two things work to keep young minds occupied, learning continuing, and minds expanding.

Learn More in the Coming Weeks

Make sure to return next week, Week 2 in the Series, to learn about different types and styles of bite-sized learning. You are probably already using many of these methods and don't even realize it.

Then in Week 3, I will show examples of how you can use this in your classroom and with your students.

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