Teacher stress and workload is a serious crisis that is bleeding the education system of some of its brightest lights. Teachers are the fastest shrinking position type in the US! There are three main pressure points when it comes to time teachers are spending on work that is not teaching: data management, lesson planning and grading. This post will focus on a few better data strategies to ease teacher workload.
More than a million cases of child identity theft are reported every year and, as school districts continue to introduce students to new technology and advanced digital curriculum, Internet safety education is becoming an increasingly essential tool when preventing cybercrime. Student data security should be a hot topic for everyone; here is what parents can do as their part of this complicated equation.
A good e-learning strategy should incorporate m-learning, but that m-learning is not sufficient as a primary content and engagement driver. While the challenges of mobile learning include screen and keyboard size, distraction and cost, it will remain an unavoidable part of the blended learning mix because it is ubiquitous, well understood by students and powerfully immersive and adaptable.
Traditional classroom layouts (sometimes called the “graveyard layout”) have long been identified as a obstacle in addressing different learning modes. Teachers today accept that there are in fact 20 different variables that define an individual student’s learning mode and interior design and architecture have a real impact on our ability to study. So how can we design great spaces to learn?
The e-learning industry is growing as there are always new players penetrating the market. Each LMS vendor has a unique selling offer, and your educational institutions has a unique set of needs. Wherever you turn, keep in mind that there is one type of LMSs that could be better in the long-term — one with a cloud-based architecture. Here are a number of reasons to opt for a cloud-based LMS for your school:
I prefer narrative studies in this blog, digging for real-world examples of teachers and schools that are making a difference. But data can also tell an interesting story, and I thought to share with you some interesting facts and figures that, when viewed at a distance, show us how far we have come as a national body of educators, and how far we have left to go in terms of challenges ranging from poverty gaps, staff equity and school infrastructure.
This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis. In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context.
Whether you are teaching your students to write a thesis, create content for the school website, write proposals, or to take part in an international essay competition, there are certain skill sets that need to be imparted. Originality, proper paragraph arrangement, and catchy content are just the basics. Content creators are expected to write quality content in any given field. To do this, several skills have to be taught.
Where last time we drew attention to schools that had made innovative leaps in assessment protocols, today we look at schools that are taking the design of personalized learning pathways seriously. Fully transforming a large and established high school such as Vista Unified is no mean feat, and reading the story of Vista Unified is both illuminating and encouraging.
STEM is an important group of subjects that are in high demand — not just in classrooms, but in the job market as well. As technology is increasingly used in the job market, we need to prepare our children for the employment landscape they’ll encounter in the future. Check out some of our favorite online learning technologies, tools, and e-learning resources for teaching STEM skills to children!