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.
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.
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.
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.
If achieving online learning success is like making a healthy meal, both students and educators must keep in mind that there are many ways to create a nutritious dinner. Achieving great results with online education requires a balance between pedagogical content knowledge, technological knowledge, game-based learning, data-driven decision making, and formative assessments.
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.
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?
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.