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Technology runs almost every area of our lives in various forms. We embrace technology not only at home, at work but even in schools. Incorporating new technologies into the classroom is the latest trend in this digital age. Thus, many educators have evolved their practice and now using new teaching…Continue
There's no doubt about it – e-learning is on the rise. There are more online learning options available than ever and traditional classroom formats are willing to incorporate new technologies into their curricula. Just like any other learning type, e-learning is susceptible to trends and fashions. What's in store for this innovative learning method in 2015? Here are the top six trends to observe this year.
1. Big Data
Among the many sectors benefiting from big data…Continue
Modern research backs up the fact that there is a gender gap in today’s schools. As a general rule, boys perform lower on standardized tests in all 50 states. In class, boys are likely to get more Ds and Fs, far less than their female counterparts. Today’s schools are attempting to close the gap between the two genders and many have developed strategies to ensure the two are on equal footing when it comes to performance. It is apparent that boys and girls learn differently and it is…Continue
Children grow and develop at their own pace, but research shows that group learning is often a more effective teaching tool than one-on-one interaction. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why playtime is so important in preschool:
Whether we like it or not, conflict is a part of everyone’s lives. We cannot fight our children’s battles for them and while there are some times when we need to step in, teaching them how to handle conflict will better prepare them for many of life’s hurdles. If you begin teaching your toddler about conflict resolution at a young age, they will have a much better way of dealing with it when they are adults.
A tangible convenience…Continue
Hi Everyone! Check out this interactive brain map that Open Colleges created to show how we learn using our brain. You can spin the brain to explore all points. Enjoy!Continue
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Here is an educational policy riddle: How much background knowledge does a student need to read a historical text?
According to New York Engage website: None.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented state by state, and there is an emphasis from teaching students background knowledge to teaching students skills, specifically the skill of close…Continue
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Arecent story on The Onion, the Internet’s beloved satire site renowned for its ability to pinpoint painful truths in its “fake news” stories, last week underscored one of the saddest dynamics of modern education. In “Inspirational English Teacher Cancelled out by Every Other Teacher at School,” the problem of teacher burnout is…Continue
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“Social entrepreneurs don’t just pursue a social end, they pursue that end in a fundamentally communal way.” –Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation
In a not-so-distant past, college degrees were the safety nets that led to job security. Now those nets are riddled with holes, sagged down by the weight of so many recipients. And unless young professionals have something new to offer, awarding them some leverage back into…Continue
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Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset.
This also holds true in a classroom. Students may be working quietly and the teacher might be content but one question or comment from a student or the teacher can turn…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on March 28, 2013 at 10:34pm — No Comments
As children, young children, everything meant playing and art. We saw the world as a playground and a canvass. It didn’t matter whether or not we could actually draw. What mattered was the thrill of creating something beautiful.
We were all artists. We still are.
So reminding students that inspiration matters, that art lives and breathes inside every segment of education also means tweaking your lessons a bit. Switching your…Continue
During a recent class session, my students stared at me with blank expressions, glassy eyes, pasty and pale skin, and jowls drooping. I think I even saw a string of saliva hanging from the corner of one student’s mouth.
I was reviewing plot structure. It was perfect except for the fact that I was boring them to death. So I blurted out, “No wonder you like The Walking Dead, you look like zombies.”
Suddenly, the students sporadically…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on March 24, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments
When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have thought of in terms of a successful classroom arrangement or organization.
Each item takes no longer than an hour and can make a big difference throughout the year.
Program now posted: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/aln/program
The 19th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning will be held November 20-22, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake…Continue
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Getting started with social media can be daunting. I remember when I started exploring Twitter a few years ago. Like many others, when I sign up, I didn't get it. I was almost instantly overwhelmed with the amount of information and could not make sense of it.
As I stumbled my way through the seemingly strange social media landscape, I've met some amazing guides who have paved a path. I began to read and explore the resources they shared and slowly...I learned more. As I learned, I…Continue
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Following Your Mother's Advice - BE NICE
The Leadership Principles of Being N. I. I. I. C. E.
There is much talk among school leaders today about preparing our students to be 21st century learners. If that is so, then we should also prepare our school administrators to be 21st century school leaders. As a result of my prior…Continue
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