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Tech-up your Classroom

14 Quick ways to tech-up your classroom

Teachers

We are fond of a quite in-depth approach on this blog, and try and drill down to the bare bones of a debate or subject, but today I will put aside the complexities of migrating to a flipped or tech-enabled classroom, and instead offer you a quick listicle of a bunch of fun, useful, trendy and simple ways to bring tech to a classroom near you. In no order of preference, check out some of these easy ways to power up your edtech journey.

Teacher Tips: Handling a Helicopter Parent

Teacher Tips: Handling a Helicopter Parent

Teachers

While overbearing parenting comes from a place of good intentions, it can be damaging to a child’s process and psychology. It can also affect your process as a teacher, and the relationship you have developed with the student. So let’s look at some basic, practical ways you can limit the anxiety for everyone involved: open the door to communication, set boundaries from the beginning, and nurture responsibility constantly.

game design in the classroom

Introducing game design into the modern classroom

Teachers

From individualized learning to hand eye coordination, the vast number of skills students learn through the use of technology will be invaluable for their future. It is easy to see why applications for computer based subject courses are on the rise. Introducing game design into the classroom can encapsulate all the benefits of working with technology, while preparing students for a future in an industry that is fast growing.

5 Tech tools educators can use to teach social responsibility in the classroom

5 Tech tools educators can use to teach social responsibility in the classroom

Teachers

Fostering a sense of social responsibility among students has wide ranging positive impacts, and some schools choose to incorporate the practice into a school-wide doctrine of peace and fellowship that can have dramatic impacts on graduation rates, parent participation and conflict resolution. That’s why I have gathered a collection of fun and effective apps and websites that teachers can use to start simple social responsibility programs in class.

Technology tools that will keep your students engaged

5 Technology tools that will keep your students engaged in the classroom

Teachers

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.

teaching across thedigital divide

6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Teachers

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.

student-centered learning

The journey to student-centered learning

Teachers

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.

Micro-credentials for teacher PD

Micro-credentials for teacher PD: Why? What? How?

Teachers

Despite the advantages, PD is a challenge for many teachers. Not only do they not necessarily have the time to complete the required PD hours, but in many instances PD courses do not necessarily fit with their particular professional interests or are not nuanced enough to address specific professional goals. Fortunately technology, specifically in the form of micro-credentials, makes everything easier.

3 Awesome PBL case studies

Get inspired by Project Based Learning! 3 Awesome PBL case studies

Teachers

Active learning dovetails neatly into Project Based Learning, the teaching method that requires students to engage in sustained, long-term projects, where they explore and examine targeted sets of questions, challenges and problems throughout the project. Since project based learning is awesome, this post will present three awesome case studies of PBL in action: The Hunger Games, The Ice Castle and Mission to Mars.

Education and Augmented Reality

Education and Augmented Reality — Really?

Teachers

Education and Augmented Reality — Really? If you are like me, you may find yourself outwardly agreeing that AR is an exciting mega-trend, but may inwardly be questioning it’s true reality (forgive the phrase) and more importantly be weighing up its true pedagogic value. After all, a teacher’s entire objective is to augment a student’s reality — using tools as simple as blackboards or as complex as tablets.

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