video-based learning
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Video-based learning: Why it works [Part 2]

E-learning

Last week we began an in-depth exploration of why video-based learning works from a cognitive, psychological and learning theory point of view. Today we will look at specific pitfalls of creating multimedia and video-based learning content based on principles extracted by Prof. Mayer from his many, many experiments in his cognitive psychology lab. So read on to find out more!

video-based learning
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Video-based learning: Why it works [Part 1]

E-learning

In my previous blog post, I discussed some of the initial steps teachers need to take in order to flip their classrooms. One of those steps is getting comfortable with video. Today I’m going to explore not so much the “what” and “how” of this powerful e-learning tool, but the “why”.

flip your classroom
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Where to begin if you want to flip your classroom?

Flipped Classroom

Educators who have attempted to flip their classrooms know that it’s a long process that requires many hours of consideration and planning. We have prepared a short list of ways to dip your toe in, so to speak, and experiment with the process of flipping a classroom, without overhauling your entire activities in one go. So check out these basic steps you need to take in order to prepare for your flipped classroom journey.

connecting classrooms
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The amazing power of ed-tech on connecting classrooms

Teachers

More and more teachers are using online tools to connect their classrooms globally. Specifically, there is a range of ways teachers are using technology to connect their students — in an organized education-specific manner, with classrooms in other parts of the country and the world. What are the benefits of trying this new global approach to teaching? Is it worth the effort? The answer seems to be YES, it is well worth it.

Specific Technical Skills
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Teaching students specific technical skills

Teachers

It is too soon to establish how e-learning technologies will feature in this brave new action plan of academic/technical streaming, although there can be no doubt that they will. Be assured that we will keep a ready eye on developments in the UK, with the hope that they find a winning formula in providing young people with practical, necessary qualifications that ensure equality and social mobility for everyone willing to learn.

technical education
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An argument for technical education

Higher Ed

The future of work will be more fractured and compartmentalized, so teaching very specific technical skills empowers students far more than a generalized ambition to make them creatures of extraordinary creativity and collaboration. Mastering the 4 Cs is no doubt important for students of all ages, but this shouldn’t come in the detriment of creating, developing and following more practical curricula of technical education.

Scenario-based learning for young students
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Exploring scenario-based learning for young students

E-learning

Scenario-based learning for young students is a way of describing a learning journey designed by educators that takes students on a tour or journey through a problem-based scenario, allowing them to “figure out” the answers in an environment that is close to the original but without the risk. It can create high levels of motivation, is inherently assessment-based and it should keep students on their toes.

teaching digital citizenship
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DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship

Teachers

Digital citizenship is no doubt an important part of any school curriculum, even in schools that only have a moderate to small amount of digital or blended teaching. Teaching digital citizenship can result in online citizens in your area that are more aware, sensitive, respectful of themselves and others and physically and digitally safe, so tune in for some DOs and DON’Ts on how to do it.

teaching computational thinking
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Teaching Computational Thinking: In practice

Teachers

After exploring what computational thinking is, and why teachers should consider teaching it in their classrooms, the time has come for actual examples. From Green Dot to TedEd, there are plenty of online resources of great computational lesson plans teachers can use in their classroom instruction. Plus, I made a list of extra professional development resources for those interested in computational thinking.

how to train teachers to use an LMS
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Why should teachers encourage Computational Thinking?

Teachers

Computers are programmed to approach problems in a systematic way, relentlessly seeking solutions – in a way that is undaunted and fearless – and which many educational experts feel could be a valuable asset to the thinking tool-kit of students. Wing goes so far as to say it should be taught to youngsters alongside reading and maths.

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