A STEM curriculum is based on the key idea that disciplines should not be taught as separate and discrete subjects, but in an integrated manner that focuses on real-life application, to create problem-solving skills. If we use technology in real life to find innovative solutions to technical problems, why not use them with STEM students as well?
When we talk about empathy, we tend to see it as an innate ability: you either have it or you don’t. However, empathy can be taught and the earlier we teach it, the better. In K-12 education, teaching empathy might help students deal with their insecurities, improve their self-esteem and boost their abilities to make friends.
As a educator who experienced firsthand the challenges of teaching amidst natural and man-made disasters, Jen is an advocate for Disaster-Proof Education. Disaster-Proof Education is a proactive measure that makes teaching and learning continue with the help of edtech and good pedagogy – anytime and anywhere.
E-learning is a promising option for students who weren’t able to find success in a traditional classroom, and music education may help bring everything in balance. By making music a cornerstone of your lesson plan, your students may discover that they can more easily process ideas and concepts, propelling them towards success both in and out of their virtual classroom.
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.