“Next generation” learning is a concept promoted by a program called Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), run by the non-profit Educause. Check out a great case study that demonstrates how far we can go in reinventing traditional educational tropes such as grades, to develop better, more flexible and personalized assessments that serve to truly empower a student’s onward journey into college or the workplace.
We are fond of a quite in-depth approach on this blog, and try and drill down to the bare bones of a debate or subject, but today I will put aside the complexities of migrating to a flipped or tech-enabled classroom, and instead offer you a quick listicle of a bunch of fun, useful, trendy and simple ways to bring tech to a classroom near you. In no order of preference, check out some of these easy ways to power up your edtech journey.
All the trends and all the advancements in education are based on living breathing people who want to make the world a better place. They can be educators who are directly involved in the process of knowledge transfer in a classroom, administrators of any kind of educational institution, policymakers, business people, activists, researchers, bloggers, and so on. So here are 10 edtech people to watch this year.
There is among K-12 schools a veritable on-rush to put a device in the hands of every student; a laudable and necessary ambition. However, while there are certainly successes, very many teachers and superintendents report that 1:1 programs are not correctly integrated, that the necessary training is not available, and that the focus is very much more on the “device” than what the device can do in terms of enhanced learning opportunities and outcomes.
Blended Learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home. And there are more than one way to achieve this. So check out these 4 models of blended learning!
While overbearing parenting comes from a place of good intentions, it can be damaging to a child’s process and psychology. It can also affect your process as a teacher, and the relationship you have developed with the student. So let’s look at some basic, practical ways you can limit the anxiety for everyone involved: open the door to communication, set boundaries from the beginning, and nurture responsibility constantly.
From individualized learning to hand eye coordination, the vast number of skills students learn through the use of technology will be invaluable for their future. It is easy to see why applications for computer based subject courses are on the rise. Introducing game design into the classroom can encapsulate all the benefits of working with technology, while preparing students for a future in an industry that is fast growing.
Fostering a sense of social responsibility among students has wide ranging positive impacts, and some schools choose to incorporate the practice into a school-wide doctrine of peace and fellowship that can have dramatic impacts on graduation rates, parent participation and conflict resolution. That’s why I have gathered a collection of fun and effective apps and websites that teachers can use to start simple social responsibility programs in class.
While it all starts with the best intentions, being a helicopter parent will have more negative consequences over the development of your child in the long run. There’s an amounting number of studies that back this up. So check out these three reasons why you should give yourself and your child a break and remember that struggle is a prerequisite to building strength and character in children.
The future, it seems, is not so much filled with flying cars and pollution-eating nanorobots as with hordes of the tech-ladened, luxuriating in idleness who no longer want to cook or look after themselves and their families. Somehow I can’t imagine today’s new parents happily signing their child up for a K-12 syllabus rich in burger flipping and nursing. So where is the middle-ground? What do we know for sure about what the future will demand of our graduates? Here follows an opinion about future proofing our students.