Future proofing our students through education
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Future proofing our students through education

Parents

The future, it seems, is not so much filled with flying cars and pollution-eating nanorobots as with hordes of the tech-ladened, luxuriating in idleness who no longer want to cook or look after themselves and their families. Somehow I can’t imagine today’s new parents happily signing their child up for a K-12 syllabus rich in burger flipping and nursing. So where is the middle-ground? What do we know for sure about what the future will demand of our graduates? Here follows an opinion about future proofing our students.

teaching across thedigital divide
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6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Online teaching

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.

digital divide 2.0
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Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Digital learning environment

Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology. Today I’d like to air some current facts around the debate, and create perhaps a platform from which we can explore the topic further in future blog posts.

6 Things you may not know about MOOCs
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6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

Digital learning environment

Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. This post showcases some interesting in-depth trivia, some of which I hope may enlighten and surprise even the MOOC experts among us, like which was the year of the MOOC, or the best MOOCs of all times. Check them all!

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The power of ed-tech in the developing world

Digital learning environment

We focus a lot on the K-12 system of the United States in our blog, and I thought it would be fun and interesting to explore how countries in the developing world are facing their specific educational challenges with blended learning models. Not only do I think it is inspiring, but it may offer some context as to what giant gaps in funding and resources can be bridged with well-selected technology.

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

School Management

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

Online teaching

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
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Education and Augmented Reality — Really?

Online teaching

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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Top 4 microtrends in e-learning for 2018

Digital learning environment

Last week I introduced three megatrends affecting e-learning. My research revealed a couple more exciting trends and emergent ideas in e-learning, so I promised another four for this week. Let’s call them micro-trends as they are smaller in scale, but nonetheless likely to have an impact on how and what we learn: entrepreneurial learning, microlearning, peer-to-peer learning and privacy and safety.

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Top 3 e-learning megatrends for 2018

Digital learning environment

It’s that time again, when we’ve settled into the new academic year and take a look ahead to plan, in more detail, what and how our lessons and curriculum will roll out over the semesters. Keeping an eye on emerging trends in technology will give your planning some context and perhaps inspire you to try one or two new things in the new year. This article will cover three e-learning megatrends any educator should watch carefully.

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