Not only are the wide variety of acronyms found in the world of EdTech confusing, but there is quite a bit of overlap — as well as misuse — of terms that can make navigating the literature (in particular online literature) on the subject of EdTech confusing and unhelpful. So check out these EdTech definitions every teacher should know!
Considering that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) seems to be a wholly “human-human” interaction, it may be hard to imagine that EdTech can add to or even improve SEL teaching. But even when dealing with the development of soft skills such as those described by SEL, EdTech does have a role to play. Read more to find out how EdTech can enable SEL.
For many teachers, edtech conferences are a major highlight of the school year and a great opportunity to connect with fellow educators. So besides packing their bags, laptops, agendas and passports, teachers can do a little extra something: their pre conference homework. In order to get the most out of your time, here are some steps to help you navigate the exhibition area like a pro.
As we start a new year it’s often helpful to sweep away the metaphorical cobwebs of the last year, set goals and priorities and plan ways to meet whichever resolutions we have made. Very often we decide to “get organised” and find an optimal plan and schedule that helps us get more things done, more efficiently. Let’s look at some of the tips, tricks and tools other teachers are using to get the most out of their day, and time.
While traditional teaching methods have served us well until now, the huge opportunities presented to us by technology cannot be ignored — whether in a college or pre-K environment. And as a new generation of digital natives enters the education system, it’s important that the tools they encounter reflect the outside world — and technology plays a key role in delivering this.
Chances are, one in three (if not even one in two) students is introverted. This means they don’t particularly enjoy being surrounded by people at all times, they are not very vocal about neither their struggles nor their successes in their learning process, need a little extra time to participate in any kind of discussion and prefer to engage in independent activities rather than group ones.
Studies after studies got to the same conclusion: we retain more when we write than when we type. Typing notes into a laptop during a lecture is a less efficient form of note taking than writing. The act of writing on paper somehow yields better retention of information. So should we continue to advocate for a paperless classroom? Or should we just stop being that concerned?
Technology is a great way to bring life to your classroom. It provides an exciting way in which you can engage your students and make them feel like they belong to something. It also prepares them for the technology they’re sure to meet later on in future. So you’ll absolutely love these free resources we have prepared for you!
The online world has a vast number of web and mobile applications and programs that claim to enhance critical thinking. Many of them may be simply edu-tainment, but there are others which are deeply engaging, well considered applications that do in fact challenge students in all the right ways. I try and separate the wheat from the chaff, in what I hope is a quality selection of Critical Thinking EdTech.