Children today are surrounded by technology, just like they are surrounded by nature. Therefore, why shouldn’t technology be integrated into the incredibly successful method of education that is Montessori? If technology is part of our children’s world, why should it be overlooked in their learning process?
Blended learning — or the art of mixing face-to-face instruction in the classroom with ed-tech — is on the path of becoming a real norm in education. Technological tools developed especially for the education market, along with the future demand for online literacy are the two foundation stones of this path.
Teachers have been puzzling out how to make practical their lessons for eons: making rocket ships from matchsticks, paper mâché solar systems, cabinets in Woodshop and Beef Wellington in Home Ec. So, it is with mild bemusement – I’m sure – that many teachers observe the breathless passion with which so many millennials talk about the Maker Movement.
The big promise AI brings into the realm of K-12 education is that of personalized learning. Artificially intelligent technology is still developing, but it definitely opens the door to tremendous possibilities. Lifelong learning companions could become real thanks to it.
Retaining and protecting the rights of content owners is not only an important principle in keeping the internet a safe and vibrant place for original creation and content, but teaching students the importance of attribution is a critical lesson in the boundary between research and plagiarism. No good digital citizen should randomly and freely use online content and often trample over copyright.
Students having access to a mobile device to use in and outside of class — their own or a school provided device — is now the norm rather than the exception. However, this frenzied adoption of mobile devices within learning has presented many new challenges for education leaders. Teachers need all the support if they are to overcome these challenges and to redefine the role mobile devices play in the classroom.
Grasping the distinction between blended learning and tech integration is critical for teachers in the process of enhancing their lessons and classroom. You can gain insight on your own level of tech integration by using the SAMR Model. The model defines four different stages of technology use in the learning process, helping those on their path to building a blended classroom environment, or, to use a gaming analogy, to level up.
Many districts have started to turn their attention to providing PD for teachers in the ever more tech-infused learning environments we have today. A school LMS can be used to teach students, no matter their age. And what are teachers enrolled in a professional development program focused on ed-tech if not students themselves? There are at least three reasons to use the LMS for PD for teachers.
Despite there being a smorgasbord of tools, platforms and apps designed specifically to house, manage and direct online educational content, the process of initiating a flipped classroom model remains, for many, an enigma not worth trying. So let’s explore a few practical strategies in order to answer some of the most important questions about a flipped classroom teachers must address.
1:1 programs have proven to contribute to better academic results for students and many schools and districts have already joined the trend. In an attempt to simplify what it means to implement a 1:1 program in a school, here are five steps to follow so that it’ll be successful. These steps offer a basic journey from thinking about going 1:1 to actually doing it.