Teachers often feel as if they’re competing with technology for the attention of students. The presence of devices and apps in their students’ lives seems to be in the way of instilling a habit of reading. Technology can be both a distractor and a positive factor, which gave me an idea to celebrate this month by making a case for the latter.
There are many digital tools that can be used in the classroom to build a variety of skills. To decide where to start, think about some of the tasks that might be taking up a lot of your time, or reflect on some issues or challenges you might be having. With so many options available, we can provide something for all students that can meet their interests and specific learning needs.
AR is still far from being present in day to day teaching, but its usefulness can easily be seen. Including AR in class will increase students’ motivation and engagement. What is more, AR stimulates creativity and critical thinking, but also facilitates collaboration, which means it contributes to the development of the 21st century skills.
In EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classrooms, things tend to follow the old paradigm of sage on the stage. However, we argue that a more “guide from the side” approach is also possible and even more beneficial for EFL learners. An LMS can make a smooth transition towards the flipped classroom model and will empower students to form their own methods of language learning.
Educators need to be consistent with the messages they send and incorporate a growth mindset in what they do, especially in the way they use technology to teach. The focus is no longer on what happens in the learning environment, but what happens when edtech comes into the mix and how we can enrich that environment.
Without modern technology and near-constant connectivity, online learning wouldn’t be possible. But while we have the internet to thank for our contemporary, robust e-learning landscape, security and privacy concerns are rampant as well. Cybersecurity now needs to become a cornerstone in every e-learning instructor’s lesson plan.
School leaders who want to create and deliver successful PD for their teachers are in for a struggle. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to it, as teachers themselves would know. However, there are some aspects that should always be a part of teacher PD. Here are five of them:
Given the competition in the academic world, attracting talented students and encouraging them to do research is essential for any university or research institute. Here’s how to use an LMS to simulate the publishing process with undergrads
Any future teacher, whether they’re on a traditional path or on an alternative route, should learn how to use a variety of edtech tools, but also how to think critically about technology in the classroom and pass their knowledge to other educators as well.
As digital citizens, students need to be aware of their behavior online, that it can have good and bad consequences, both for themselves and for others. Here are the 9 elements of Digital Citizenship your students need to know: