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High tech e-learning without the high price

Online teaching

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.

developing digital citizenship
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Why schools must lead on developing digital citizenship

Online teaching

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
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4 more ways to stimulate online learner engagement

Online teaching

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 courses can nurture emotional intelligence
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How online courses can nurture emotional intelligence

Digital learning environment

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
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Will your students be workplace ready?

School Management

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]

Online teaching

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]

Online teaching

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.

Turning your face-to-face class into an online course
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How to turn your face-to-face class into an online course [Part 1]

Online teaching

So you’ve decided to make the leap and convert your face-to-face (F2F) class into an online course. A daunting job, even for the most tech-literate and motivated of teachers. Breaking down this project into smaller steps, and following each one with patience and tenacity will yield a great e-learning course, which will stand you — and your students — in good stead for many semesters to come.

AI is changing special education
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How AI is changing special education

Online teaching

Technology has also begun to play an interesting role in educating ASD students. Artificial Intelligence is changing special education through the development of responsive, social robots have started playing a role in teaching ASD children social skills. While the price tags of such robots are still off-putting, their existence combined with future technological advancements announce a bright future for ASD students.

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