If you have ever sat in one of our Master Educator classes, you probably know that I am a big fan of incorporating different teaching methods into my classroom. My favorite methods usually revolve around games, technology, and hands-on technical training. These teaching methods are fantastic ways to involve the students in their own education, build retention of the material and get them excited about learning.
Technology creates a learner-centered environment by bringing the culture of the student into our classroom. It makes learning flexible. Students can focus for longer periods of time and allows them to learn at their own pace.
Games become an important part of education because games are engaging and they build community and a team environment. Games increase learning retention, make us better educators and most importantly, students love to play games.
Hands-on technical training is, of course, the foundation of how we teach our students the technical skills needed to become successful Cosmetologists and Barbers.
When teaching a class, we usually choose what type of class we are going to have. Are we going to play a game? Are we going to use technology? Or will it be a hands-on training? But what if you had a solution that incorporated all three? Wouldn’t that be awesome?
The answer is Milady’s Online Haircutting Simulation.
9 Haircuts in 1 Easy-to-Use Tool!
How can you possibly teach haircutting without working on a head of hair? Well let me tell you, it is really quite an amazing tool.
The Milady Online Haircutting Simulation teaches proper sectioning, head position, cut angles, elevation, hand position, and following the guide. It is a great way to introduce the student to the world of haircutting by familiarizing with all aspects of haircutting before proceeding onto mannequins.
Students’ progress from basic to advance haircuts. It is like video games students play in that with each haircut they earn points. They can view detailed feedback through leaderboards and dashboards and earn badges and accomplishments with each completed haircut. A global leaderboard allows students to track their progress with people across the globe!
As an educator, you can see how the student is progressing through each cut. You can set up classrooms where students can join and start a competition with just a click of the mouse!
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.