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:
Self-actualization can be a beautiful thing to watch, especially as a teacher. Knowing that you were able to play a part in students becoming the best version of themselves will be a rewarding feeling, not only for you but also for your students. Most importantly, encourage positivity, goals, and teamwork among your students — you’ll see the difference in no time!
Differentiated instruction is a necessity in today’s classroom. Even though there are some drawbacks to it, the benefits are obvious: no student is left behind. Everyone has a chance to reach mastery of concepts while learning at their own pace and at their own level of understanding.
As a school leader, you can fully take advantage of the LMS, which yes, is a great hub for storing all learning materials and assessing students, but it’s also a way of tracking results, helping each student succeed, communicating with parents, and all in all having a better overview of all school activities, regardless of the size of your school.
Each year I like to explore different digital tools in my classroom to see what kind of an impact they will make on students and learning. With so many options out there, finding the ones that will benefit our students can take some time, however there are enough which are easy to get started with and that offer ready-made lessons or activities, which is a plus for busy educators.