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Teachers

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

High tech e-learning without the high price

Teachers

Today I’d like to address the concern that ed-tech is expensive not by analyzing the long-term cost-benefit ratios but by exploring a host of wonderful and useful online apps and platforms that are free to use. In this way perhaps bringing some much needed levity and hope to teachers who understand that technology can enable greater engagement, but are at a loss of where to start – particularly in the underfunded school and classroom.

modern literacies

4 modern literacies students need to learn in school

Teachers

The educational system needs to change and adapt to new challenges faster than it does. Students today still need to be able to read, write and perform mathematical calculations. However, this alone is no longer enough because these skills and processes are being fundamentally transformed by the ever-changing nature of the world and the increasing demand for new modern literacy practices.

developing digital citizenship

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.

stimulate online learner engagement

A further 4 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.

project-based learning

The key elements of project-based learning

Teachers

Most people today live in a world of projects. No matter what we do for a living, work projects are everywhere. And even life outside of work is full of projects. So if the adult life means dealing with many and various projects, and schools are supposed to prepare students for the adult life, shouldn’t they adopt a project-based approach to education?

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.

the role of the teacher

The role of the teacher in modern learning organizations

K-12, Teachers

Students may be the focus of education and schools may be the providers of education, but the role of the teacher in modern learning organizations needs not to be overlooked. Teachers have to think differently, be strategic, promote innovation, know the system, accept failure, promote a learning culture, and above all, put the student and their learning needs at the heart of their teaching mission.

TPACK framework

Educators can no longer ignore the TPACK framework

Higher Ed, K-12, Teachers

TPACK stands for Technological Pedagogical And Content Knowledge. The core idea behind it is that a great teacher must perfectly know (Knowledge) the subject being taught (Content), how to deliver it so that a student learns it (Pedagogy) and also how to choose and use the right technology in doing so (Technology). One thing is for sure though: educators can no longer ignore the T part of the TPACK framework.

f2f to online part 3

Turning 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.

F2F to online

Turning 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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