If in kindergarten and primary school all textbooks have at least one picture or diagram on almost every page, in senior years of high school and then in college, visual elements in textbooks and other learning materials become a rarity. That’s a shame, because students learn better when they can visualize new concepts. A picture may not be worth exactly a thousand words, but it’s definitely worth more than one.
While grades remain an important indicator on how well your students are understanding the coursework, there are a myriad of other tools and techniques that will give you even more insight into their progress. Automation, analytics and interactive engagement are available from a variety of assessment tools online, offering more meaningful insights into the learning progress of students.
The 4Cs are a wonderful mnemonic that help teachers keep their eyes on the greater goal of educating children and young people that are able to think for themselves, and who can clearly communicate their needs and ideas. Video is a medium that students understand and for the most part love working with – they are surrounded by it daily. It is therefore a great way to develop the 4Cs in an engaging and effective way.
Children today are surrounded by technology, just like they are surrounded by nature. Therefore, why shouldn’t technology be integrated into the incredibly successful method of education that is Montessori? If technology is part of our children’s world, why should it be overlooked in their learning process?
Blended learning — or the art of mixing face-to-face instruction in the classroom with ed-tech — is on the path of becoming a real norm in education. Technological tools developed especially for the education market, along with the future demand for online literacy are the two foundation stones of this path.
Teachers have been puzzling out how to make practical their lessons for eons: making rocket ships from matchsticks, paper mâché solar systems, cabinets in Woodshop and Beef Wellington in Home Ec. So, it is with mild bemusement – I’m sure – that many teachers observe the breathless passion with which so many millennials talk about the Maker Movement.
The big promise AI brings into the realm of K-12 education is that of personalized learning. Artificially intelligent technology is still developing, but it definitely opens the door to tremendous possibilities. Lifelong learning companions could become real thanks to it.
Retaining and protecting the rights of content owners is not only an important principle in keeping the internet a safe and vibrant place for original creation and content, but teaching students the importance of attribution is a critical lesson in the boundary between research and plagiarism. No good digital citizen should randomly and freely use online content and often trample over copyright.
Students having access to a mobile device to use in and outside of class — their own or a school provided device — is now the norm rather than the exception. However, this frenzied adoption of mobile devices within learning has presented many new challenges for education leaders. Teachers need all the support if they are to overcome these challenges and to redefine the role mobile devices play in the classroom.
Grasping the distinction between blended learning and tech integration is critical for teachers in the process of enhancing their lessons and classroom. You can gain insight on your own level of tech integration by using the SAMR Model. The model defines four different stages of technology use in the learning process, helping those on their path to building a blended classroom environment, or, to use a gaming analogy, to level up.