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Increasing student engagement, by design

Turn to Your Neighbor

I added a few dabs of my own design DNA and have since taught the project-based learning course, Technology and Innovation in Higher Education, twice at The University of Texas at Austin. One of Mazur’s philosophies that infuses everything I do as an educator is that people learn best when they are engaged. My students working on their game project.

5 Tips for Student Engagement and Concept Retention


In today’s world, students need even less than 8 seconds to access information or find an answer to their question with search engines and online databases. This reliance poses a threat to the actual retention of knowledge learned in the classroom. But how can we keep students learning and engaged amidst so many other distractions of 2016? Gamify” the Classroom.

5 Online Discussion Tools to Fuel Student Engagement

Graphite Blog

Your students are both perennially engaged yet conscientious; all are equally eager to raise their hands and share in equitable ways, digging deep into substantial, thought-provoking topics. But in reality most students just don't come to us with the skills for this type of out-loud, on-the-spot discourse. Of course, our students are definitely capable; we just have to help them get there. But online discussion activities are one great way to give your students a leg up; use them as scaffolding for the "real" thing. Collaborize Classroom.

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Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. Promoting risk-taking is beyond a leader simply stating “Try it out” to a teacher curious about exploring a new approach to teaching and learning. Routman, p. We did.

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities


Nicolás Pino James Student Engagement Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations Photo credit: woodleywonderworks via flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much. This is essential for our students of color and students living in poverty.

Epson BrightLink interactive projectors will be bundled with Smart software

eSchool News

Epson and Smart aim to bring collaborative learning solution to classrooms. Epson and Smart Technologies are now bundling Smart collaborative learning software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. “We’re Digital Learning and Tools News Top NewsFor additional information, visit

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The Internet of Things smart school is coming

eSchool News

Close to half (46 percent) of K-12 and higher-ed IT leaders in a recent survey said they believe an Internet of Things smart school — a school using Internet of Things devices to transform learning environments — will have a major impact in the next one to two years. As the Internet of Things impacts education, IT leaders are envisioning uber-connected schools and campuses.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. This collaboration allows candidates to view theory in practice and makes learning on campus more authentic.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools


This collaborative effort helps to paint a picture of where things stand now and where they might be going. Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. Teachers are becoming more comfortable with this idea of “blending learning.”.

30 technologies ushering in the future for education

eSchool News

We already have thousands of pre-orders for our collaborative Microsoft 365-based surface hub. Attendees registered for more than 12,000 seats at InfoComm University sessions throughout the week, more than double the number engaged in training and education in 2015. AV technologies leap forward in agnostic touch capabilities, live streaming during this year’s flashy Infocomm.

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5 Ways to Address Student Resistance in the Flipped Classroom

Fractus Learning

Students forced to take major responsibility for their own learning go through some or all of the steps psychologists associate with trauma and grief: Shock, Denial, Strong emotion, Resistance and withdrawal, Struggle and exploration, Return of confidence, and Integration and success” (Felder & Brent, 1996, p. Active learning environments cause disruption. It’s also hard.

Redesigning the Learning Space


It’s not just about the height of the chairs, the volume of the students in the space, or the energy level. In the book The Space - A Guide for Educators Rebecca Louise Hare and Dr. Robert Dillon discuss how we can find the right balance to make our learning spaces engaging, visually stimulating, student centered, and collaborative. What is the space designed for?

2016 Global Education Conference - Final Day!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Associate Professor The comparative analysis of different online education and blended learning solutions in the non-OECD context. - Mr. Mohamed Ramadan 9:00am (iEARN) Impact of STEM learning program on main stream education - Ms. Wednesday, November 16th, is the final day of our the seventh annual Global Education Conference. Please read it thoroughly if you are considering playing.

Course Hero for Educators launches to help teachers save time

eSchool News

Course Hero, an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed, revealed that they have accumulated more than 60,000 educator accounts on their platform since February. Course Hero wants to bring educators together, to help them find new inspiration, learn new techniques, and investigate multiple perspectives, all while saving valuable time.”. “As

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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Professional Learning Communities. Research shows that the following features of effective leadership can improve student achievement (Leithwood et al., A safe and cooperative climate for learning. 2015 ). 2008). 2011).

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Blueprint for Moving to 21st Century Student-Centered Schools and Classrooms

The 21st Century Principal

But the question is, how can we transform our schools so that they no longer operate under these outdated assumptions about student potential, student performance, and student motivation? Students are motivated by grades. Students are incapable of directing their own learning. Teachers are the primary dispensers of learning in the classroom.

2014 Global Education Conference - Day Three!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Wednesday, November 19th ( US-Eastern Time ) 1:00am Globally Connecting Classes through Interactive Learning Objects - Ezra Samantha M. Stella Maris Berdaxagar Connecting Students to Language and Culture through a Culture Cafe - Dr. Thomas Moncrief Flipped Classroom para la asignatura Informática - Mrs Silvana Salica ¿Informática sin computadoras? en Psicología ACCESS Program''s Enhancement activities: honing students'' collaboration, leadership, and communication skills. - The Value of Values in Transformative Learning Framework. Pedro Néstor Ibáñez Lic.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

When I started Gaggle back in 1999, we were free email for students. Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. Lesson learned #1: Eyeballs are not a business model.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

When I started Gaggle back in 1999, we were free email for students. Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. Lesson learned #1: Eyeballs are not a business model.

The Dual Channel Round Table

Inquire and Inspire

Ever noticed the connection between student engagement/achievement and the authenticity of the learning experience? Let’s agree for a moment that students are motivated to learn when they recognize the real-world significance of the content. How might the authenticity of the learning structure itself impact engagement and achievement?

Learning Walks : One District’s Plan to Implement Instructional Rounds for Maximum Impact

The PL2C Blog

Today’s educators work hard to balance both the increasing demands of blended and digital learning and the best curriculum and instruction for their students. Research shows that current models of professional development calls for collaboration, active engagement, and collective culture-building during such a transition. This collaborative practice is based on the medical model or rounds. You can talk about Learning Walks, but to truly understand this experience and it’s associated benefits, you have to experience it – you have to ‘walk the walk’.

Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. On a daily basis, Karen reminds her students to make wises choices, especially in light of the fact that everything they put online is public, permanent, and traceable. Our students are children of technology and the web.

Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed for Implementation

The 21st Century Principal

"Schools must embrace a new pedagogy today that will engage 21st century students and enable them to acquire and master 21st century skills. Once they embrace the necessary changes in pedagogy, they realize the need for change in the physical learning environment." Bob Pearlman, "Designing New Learning Environments to Support 21st Century Skills" In response to the Common Core State Standards many school districts and schools are discussing moving toward 21st century models of instruction like Project-Based Learning and other forms inquiry-based teaching and learning.