Treats and sugary drinks, confetti and silly party hats — these are the customary items in a celebratory setting and the NEO team had them all. What were we celebrating, you may wonder? Wonder no more: it’s the anniversary of the NEO Blog! It turns two. The combined effort of the entire NEO team and all our readers made our blog climb even more in the mighty list of all e-learning blogs, settling in the first 7%.
While including photos in learning materials is a noble idea, including stolen photos in them is not. If you just copy and paste any photo you find on the web into your lesson, you might be a thief. Teachers need to know the rules of copyright, the principle of fair use, CC licences and so on. But they also have a variety of free resources if they want to include photos in their learning materials. This article presents seven of them.
Last week I introduced three megatrends affecting e-learning. My research revealed a couple more exciting trends and emergent ideas in e-learning, so I promised another four for this week. Let’s call them micro-trends as they are smaller in scale, but nonetheless likely to have an impact on how and what we learn: entrepreneurial learning, microlearning, peer-to-peer learning and privacy and safety.
There are many aspects that can influence the decision to change the current school learning management system, many voices to be heard, and many documents to be created during the process. It may not be an easy decision, but having a clear understanding of the available LMS categories, along with the advantages and drawback for each of them, is definitely a great first step.
It’s that time again, when we’ve settled into the new academic year and take a look ahead to plan, in more detail, what and how our lessons and curriculum will roll out over the semesters. Keeping an eye on emerging trends in technology will give your planning some context and perhaps inspire you to try one or two new things in the new year. This article will cover three e-learning megatrends any educator should watch carefully.
While choosing the right edtech for the needs of the school is a very important part of making it successful, there is one aspect that often gets overlooked: the teachers. Training teachers to use technology in the classroom is paramount to edtech success. Let’s take the example of training teachers how to use a new LMS and check out a few ideas that can make them embrace the new edtech more easily.
Teachers have been encouraging children to tell their own stories, for generations. Adding and formalizing digital storytelling techniques will not just allow students to utilize varied technologies (thereby learning about them) but also to use narrative tools and forms of expression that are becoming ever-more natural and obvious to children that are digital natives.
Elementary school classrooms do not naturally lend themselves to a flipped or blended environment for a number of reasons. However, it is similarly illogical to ignore the vast and varied online resources, many of them free to use, that are designed specifically for the elementary school classroom.
The best learning environment should be all about flexibility and diversity. Entire schools are already being redesigned this way to ensure the best functionality for teaching, learning, collaboration and creativity. But this requires plenty of resources – and clearly, not all schools have the means or the possibilities to redesign all their classrooms, instantly. However, budget-friendly solutions exist.
It’s hard to teach and practice innovation in the classroom, but it’s the only way to prepare for and thrive in the world of tomorrow. Teachers that steal ideas from various sources, try to predict the future of education and let room for mistakes will find that innovative ideas are everywhere. And these ideas can change the school organizational system, pedagogy methods, learning content and eve the physical learning space for the better.