Technology has improved accessing information, entertainment and education for differently abled students. We have touched the subject of web accessibility on this blog before — why it matters and how to create such a design. For this blog, I thought it would be a fun, and useful exercise to explore some of these incredible technologies aimed at supporting the visually impaired in reaching their goals.
We learned a lot during the past year. And if you’re a regular reader of this blog, I hope you did too. From gamification to digital citizenship to PD for teachers to classroom robots and everything in between, the 102 posts that have been published on the NEO Blog in the last 12 months covered oh so many subjects related to education technology and e-learning for educational institutions. Happy birthday NEO Blog!
The technology is evolving rapidly, so it’s hard to predict what is going to happen in the next 20 or 30 years. However, we can discuss the things that are already here and describe how they influenced everyday classroom activities. In this post, we will show you the top five new techno tools that you might use in your university. Let’s take a look!
AR is one of those EdTech products that has received a lot of hype. But great teachers know that students learn by doing. So the key question must be: how does AR enhance the critical learning component of examination, exploration and trial? With that in mind, I’ve unearthed a few sober-minded studies that dig slightly below the promotional AR surface to find out what the real state of AR is in education today.
If the flipped classroom approach yields so many positive results for high school students, I think it’s safe to assume it can do the same for their HE counterparts. University students are the perfect candidates of self-directed learning and they would thrive in a flipped learning environment. If we want them to become successful citizens of tomorrow, we need to turn the traditional model of teaching on its head.
Thanks to the SAMR Model, teachers are able to determine whether the technology they are using in their classroom is enhancing or transforming teaching and learning activities. Ultimately, the model shows that in this day and age, teachers must focus on the transformation of learning, to prepare the students for the future and enhance their work-ready skills. Join our webinar to learn more about the practical part of the SAMR Model!
Technology keeps evolving and so should our classroom learning methods, to keep up with these developments and to use them to our benefit. As teachers, it’s time to adapt and think of ways to blend our classroom learning with the latest in technology. Let’s take a look at how robots are currently being used in classrooms and try answering the question of the hour: Do robots have the potential to teach students in the future?
If nothing else, the key thing that both marketers and educators have in common is that they’re trying to create a deep, emotional connection between their audience and the message they’re trying to get across. But teachers still fill lessons with textbooks featuring page after page of dissections of topics that naturally keep students at arms length. It’s time educators learn something from marketers in terms of visual communication.
Podcasts are underutilized in the blended learning environment, especially in light of some stratospheric successes the medium can have. In today’s teaching environment, all but fizzing with new and innovative technologies, podcasts offer a form of digitally-enhanced quiet time, where students can find some downtime to listen and absorb content in a way that is less frenetic, goal-oriented or intrusive.
We all hope that the future generations, who have been taught using a blend of face-to-face and online education, will still recall the teachers (rather than the software) that made a difference. There are a few habits that great online instructors (I prefer e-teachers) employ to find that tricky balance between mapping out yards of content, and adding a pace, personality and enjoyment to their subjects. Here are three of them: