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Online teaching

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

constructivist learning
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Why constructivist learning can’t always work in traditional classrooms

Online teaching

Based on the constructivist learning theory, children construct an understanding of the world around them based on prior experiences, discerning differences between what they already know, and what they learn from their environment and new experiences, thus forming new ideas. However, this approach to education may not always be the best option for the traditional classroom.

visual learning elements
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A call for more visual learning elements in schools

Online teaching

If in kindergarten and primary school all textbooks have at least one picture or diagram on almost every page, in senior years of high school and then in college, visual elements in textbooks and other learning materials become a rarity. That’s a shame, because students learn better when they can visualize new concepts. A picture may not be worth exactly a thousand words, but it’s definitely worth more than one.

video and the 4 Cs
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How to use video to teach the 4Cs of education

Online teaching

The 4Cs are a wonderful mnemonic that help teachers keep their eyes on the greater goal of educating children and young people that are able to think for themselves, and who can clearly communicate their needs and ideas. Video is a medium that students understand and for the most part love working with – they are surrounded by it daily. It is therefore a great way to develop the 4Cs in an engaging and effective way.

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Teaching makers: unraveling the maker movement

Online teaching

Teachers have been puzzling out how to make practical their lessons for eons: making rocket ships from matchsticks, paper mâché solar systems, cabinets in Woodshop and Beef Wellington in Home Ec. So, it is with mild bemusement – I’m sure – that many teachers observe the breathless passion with which so many millennials talk about the Maker Movement.

use a school LMS to deliver PD for teachers
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3 reasons why you should use a school LMS to deliver PD for teachers

Online teaching

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.

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4 Questions about the flipped classroom teachers must answer

Online teaching

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.

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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.

modern literacies
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4 modern literacies students need to learn in school

Online teaching

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
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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.

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