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The posts in this category cover subjects teachers and professors involved in delivering 21st century education might find useful or at least interesting.

Free photo sources teachers can use for online courses

7 Free photo sources teachers can use for online courses

Teachers

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.

how to train teachers to use an LMS

5 Tips on how to train teachers to use an LMS

Teachers

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.

innovation in the classroom

How to pave the way for innovation in the classroom

Teachers

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.

Constructivism in the online classroom

Practical applications of Constructivism in the online classroom

Teachers

Constructivism is a learning theory positing that prior knowledge is the foundation for building new ideas; the key phrase in constructivist learning is “active learning” rather than “passive learning”. So what can teachers do to facilitate this guided discovery for students that do a lot of learning online? Read on about a few practical applications of constructivism in an online classroom.

Visual techniques for organizing lessons and ideas in the classroom

8 Visual techniques for organizing lessons and ideas in the classroom

Teachers

A low hanging fruit when it comes to including more visual elements in education is the organization of learning materials. all the learning materials teachers create are organized in a visual manner, things will be clearer for students and easier for teachers in the long-run. While it doesn’t take much effort to include visual elements when organizing lessons and ideas, the results are positive.

constructivist learning

Why constructivist learning can’t always work in traditional classrooms

Teachers

Based on the constructivist learning theory, children construct an understanding of the world around them based on prior experiences, discerning differences between what they already know, and what they learn from their environment and new experiences, thus forming new ideas. However, this approach to education may not always be the best option for the traditional classroom.

visual learning elements

A call for more visual learning elements in schools

Teachers

If in kindergarten and primary school all textbooks have at least one picture or diagram on almost every page, in senior years of high school and then in college, visual elements in textbooks and other learning materials become a rarity. That’s a shame, because students learn better when they can visualize new concepts. A picture may not be worth exactly a thousand words, but it’s definitely worth more than one.

video and the 4 Cs

How to use video to teach the 4Cs of education

Teachers

The 4Cs are a wonderful mnemonic that help teachers keep their eyes on the greater goal of educating children and young people that are able to think for themselves, and who can clearly communicate their needs and ideas. Video is a medium that students understand and for the most part love working with – they are surrounded by it daily. It is therefore a great way to develop the 4Cs in an engaging and effective way.

maker movement

Teaching makers: unraveling the maker movement

Teachers

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.

LMS for PD for teachers

3 reasons why you should use a school LMS to deliver PD for teachers

Teachers

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.

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