While it all starts with the best intentions, being a helicopter parent will have more negative consequences over the development of your child in the long run. There’s an amounting number of studies that back this up. So check out these three reasons why you should give yourself and your child a break and remember that struggle is a prerequisite to building strength and character in children.
The future, it seems, is not so much filled with flying cars and pollution-eating nanorobots as with hordes of the tech-ladened, luxuriating in idleness who no longer want to cook or look after themselves and their families. Somehow I can’t imagine today’s new parents happily signing their child up for a K-12 syllabus rich in burger flipping and nursing. So where is the middle-ground? What do we know for sure about what the future will demand of our graduates? Here follows an opinion about future proofing our students.
Exactly one week from now the NEO team will be present — for the second time — at The Bett Show! Drop by our booth F302 in any day of the event to meet the team, chat about online learning, student engagement, 21st Century learning solutions and how could we all transform education for a better future, and also see what we’ve been up to lately. There will be live demos, showcasing of our latest features, and a raffle with prizes!
Advances in technology have made it possible to make classroom learning fun, engaging and interactive. Today’s students are a lot more tech-savvy than ever before. They have grown up with technology and have somewhat adapted to using it and can learn a lot more easily with it. All students tend to learn at their own individual pace. A mix of traditional and digital education can assist in personalizing lessons to teach in a more meaningful way. So check out these tech tools that will keep your students engaged in the classroom.
Factors relating to poor sleep have been found to have a significant impact on school performance. The major cause is the pressure that students feel when having to juggle academics, extracurricular activities, family time, and a social life. The buildup of stress can lead to sleepless nights, which can be detrimental to their schoolwork. Lack of sleep makes it harder for children to retain information. And it becomes an even bigger issue when they have to take exams.
Change is happening at a far slower rate across “ordinary” schools. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fund a series of research reports called Teachers Know Best. In 2015 they released a interesting report that sought out 3100 educators to establish the state of technology integration across K12. To my untrained statistician’s eye these figures seem moderate, and indicate that the digitization of the classroom is not happening as rapidly as the tech media would have us think. So let’s look at the process of bridging the digital divide, using a step-by-step model.
Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology. Today I’d like to air some current facts around the debate, and create perhaps a platform from which we can explore the topic further in future blog posts.
Earlier this month we attended OEB – an event aimed at shaping the future of learning – and the main theme for the event was ‘Learning Uncertainty’. Currently, the education landscape is in the midst of change; there is a constant shift in the way things are being taught, learned, delivered and captured. One of the solutions that stood out as an overarching trend in this conversation, and something that we spoke to Training Journalabout, is the idea of personalized learning.
Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. This post showcases some interesting in-depth trivia, some of which I hope may enlighten and surprise even the MOOC experts among us, like which was the year of the MOOC, or the best MOOCs of all times. Check them all!
From Kindergarten to high school after that in college, our students are mostly treated as if they’re travelling with a railroad train of the past, bringing all of them in the same direction at the same time. When their specific learning needs are met, the percentage of underachievers and dropouts shrinks, engagement rates and the likeability of going to school go up, as well as student performance. Meeting the specific learning needs of students has a name among educators: student-centered learning.