How to achieve ed-tech integration using the SAMR Model

E-learning

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.

4 Questions about the flipped classroom teachers must answer

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.

High tech e-learning without the high price

Teachers

While ed-tech can be expensive, what is also true is the fact that technology can enable teachers and schools to reach more students, more efficiently and at less cost. Today’s post will explore a host of wonderful and useful online apps and platforms that are free to use, which can be a great starting point of using ed-tech in an underfunded classroom.

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Why schools must lead on developing digital citizenship

Teachers

When schools set themselves the task of “incorporating technology”, or “developing digital citizens” they are in fact revealing the disconnect between education and the rest of the modern world. Digital citizenship is not distinct from everyday citizenship, and because we, and young people in particular, don’t distinguish between the two we should pay profoundly more attention to building up civic reasoning online.

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4 more ways to stimulate online learner engagement

Teachers

Last week we began discussing this topic, and examined four ways to engage the disengaged learner. This week we will explore a few more ways to motivate and inspire the struggling, or disinterested online learner and dive into making content relevant to learners, fostering relationships, using brain rules, and going for some creative evaluation methods.

online learner engagement

4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement

E-learning

It can be challenging when students are disengaged from an online course. Making your presence felt, designing team projects, encouraging peer review and publishing students’ work are just four ways to stimulate online learner engagement.

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How online courses can nurture emotional intelligence

E-learning

As e-learning practitioners, what can we do to improve our instructional design to take cognizance of the fact that emotions play a key role in learning? And can online courses enable students to develop strategies to manage both their and others’ emotions, recognizing that it is also a key life skill required throughout their adulthood both socially, academically and financially.

Will your students be workplace ready

Will your students be workplace ready?

E-learning, K-12, Teachers

It is easy to forget, amid the near mania associated with college admissions and acceptance, that many students do not have the aptitude or indeed funding to attend college, and will need to work directly after 12th grade. It is rewarding to know that when focusing on developing workplace skills like teamwork and problem solving we are not only creating employees, but ultimately well-rounded adults.

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How to turn your face-to-face class into an online course [Part 3]

E-learning, K-12, Teachers

In this final post of the mini series we’ll explore the technologies available to help turn your face-to-face (F2F) class into an online course. Once you start discovering the many features of a learning management system you will hopefully also find the process of converting your real-world course material into an online course easier.

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How to turn your face-to-face class into an online course [Part 2]

E-learning, Teachers

Instructional design models help you to visualize the learning path of your students. We will briefly explore two instructional design models, give you some insight into how they differ, and conceptually what an instructional design model can add to the process of turning a F2F (face-to-face) class into an online course.

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