Publication Date

Fall 11-11-2020


School of Education


Education: Elementary/Middle


Digital Learning, Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, Rewards, Cognitive Behavior Theory, Elementary Students


Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Elementary Education


Digital learning presents challenges, one of which is the ability to motivate students. Elementary students can be motivated through intrinsic and extrinsic means, and it is important that teachers and digital learning mediums such as Google Classroom and Zoom work to motivate students in order to help them learn. Individualized attention provided by the teacher motivates students. Students’ are motivated by individualized attention provided to them by the teacher as well as Social Cognitive Theory, noting the importance of watching interactions with other students. The attention can vary from a one-on-one conversation or a personalized comment. Students are also motivated through an understanding of their educational progress and how to utilize the information they have learned and meaningful incentives. Meaningful incentives can include choice in activity, or other various awards. It is important to find creative ways to motivate students in a digital classroom.