Collaborative & Creative Online Learning

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“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative … productive … learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” Our students’ digital behavior influences our learning, language, rituals, values, routines, customs, and communication. Just think, a person took a picture and posted it online with the word, “Selfie!”

5 Technology Tools Perfect for ELA Online Learning Stations

Catlin Tucker

English teachers frequently ask me which technology tools I use to design my online learning stations. Below are my 5 favorite technology tools and online resources for designing the online learning stations in my English classroom. #1 Learning

How Online Learning Works

Edudemic

Online learning is an accessible, practical education option. Students of all ages are learning through distance courses instead of in a physical classroom. The post How Online Learning Works appeared first on Edudemic.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

These chronic shortages, in turn, tend to limit the coursework that students can access. As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges.

What works for tracking student progress in online learning

Neo LMS

With online learning tools this function becomes not just easier, but more effective. When using online learning tools there are a couple of ways to track students progress. It’s clear that technology can help teachers shoehorn themselves out of grading drudgery.

WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

The Christensen Institute

Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. Improving online learning.

How to create accessible e-learning design

Neo LMS

In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning. The things is, there are millions of people out there who are living with some sort of disability, and they all should be able to access online learning content the same as everyone else.

Designing for accessibility in e-learning

Neo LMS

Completely healthy people and people with disabilities are equal in front of the law, they have equal access to education, they can follow any cultural norm they want, and so on, and so forth. Why e-learning accessibility matters: WCAG and Section 508.

Online Learning VS Traditional Learning| Why Online Learning is Better

Kitaboo on EdTech

Though classroom learning is still preferred as a mode of teaching in many institutes, the popularity of online learning is slowly overshadowing traditional learning. college students find digital learning technologies helpful. Online learning offers interactivity, accessibility, and convenience that is making learning more engaging and stimulating. However, online learning is supportive and affordable.

Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

When it comes to using technology to improve students’ learning opportunities, Texas is a pioneer. But this legislative season, the Senate made a major blunder that keeps students from accessing the educational options they deserve. Larry Taylor introduced a bill that would have removed barriers that block some students from accessing supplemental online courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).

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The Case for Online Learning

Leadership Lounge

Online learning has been a part of higher education since the late 1990s. In fact, universities have utilized distance learning for decades, beginning with correspondence and then moving videoconferencing in the late 1980s. As the Internet improved, so did the opportunity to move from point-to-point video-conference delivery of instruction to asynchronous online learning. Now, online learning has become a required element in university program offerings.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform.

How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want

Edsurge

all students—not just digital natives—expect learning resources to be rich with animation or digital learning objects that make learning more realistic and relevant. What’s made the work possible, Schneider says, is a special combination of online learning tools that is helping NAIT educate students so they are prepared for the complexities and responsibilities of real world situations from the day they graduate.

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

When people talk about the future of technology in education, they picture every student having access to a computer or a tablet; they see paperless rooms where technology trained teachers lead the class. New Learning Platforms.

Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. They’re putting pressure on ed-tech companies to be more accessible,” Aguiar said.

Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Edsurge

They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. An entire graduate course at Stanford University explores the principles for designing spaces that support learning. Yet most of our energy has been focused on designing physical learning spaces, even as more teaching and learning shifts online. Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms.

Create online learning with 123ContactForm

Nik Peachey

123ContactForm may not sound like the kind of tool that would be of interest to educators, but as I discovered when they asked me to review their online form creation tool, they offer quite a range of features that can solve many of the problems we have as 21st century teachers.

Expand Technology Integration and Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

adults ages 18–65—around 118 million—perform at or below the lowest proficiency levels in problem solving in technology rich environments ( National Center for Education Statistics, 2016 ). Learner access to computers at home is limited, while access to mobile phones is high.

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts

eSchool News

In Arkansas, as in most states, student interest in online learning is skyrocketing. The state’s official response was to create a new program, called Virtual Arkansas , to manage its online courses and work with districts to find students who want to take them.

How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet?

The Hechinger Report

Jobs in information technology are growing quickly and employers are trying to find ways to get kids excited about careers in the field. He’s also seen just how fast changes are happening in his own industry, information technology.

6 Ways the New National Education Technology Plan Could Help Close Achievement Gap

EdTech Magazine

National Education Technology Plan has big plans for addressing unequal access to the powerful technology changing schools today. Classroom Digital Content Funding Leadership Management Online LearningFrank Smith The latest update to the U.S.

Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning

eSchool News

This year’s Brightspace Excellence Awards , announced at FUSION 2016 by global learning technology provider D2L, recognized the promise of online learning and its ability to connect more and more people to high-quality educational programs. Faculty dedicated to helping students learn online created robust online environments and high-quality tools to help students succeed in their online learning endeavors.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide access and opportunity they might not otherwise have.”. million online courses in 2014-15.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I attended the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Achievement Gap Summit , where I spoke on a panel about the impact that technology can have on closing the achievement gap. Preparing for and participating in this event gave me an opportunity to reflect more deeply on the potential role of technology in addressing this issue. As a result, the more a student is absent or tardy, the more that student becomes lost and confused as holes in her learning accumulate.

For Free Community College, Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success

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But several colleges experimenting with such programs are avoiding a tactic that other public institutions are increasingly using to boost numbers: online learning. That’s the case in Tennessee—one of the first states to introduce a free college program, called Tennessee Promise—where advisors at some campuses steer students participating in the program away from online courses. It's the same for any distance learning.” We are open access institutions.

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. Yet there are also bright shining stars of technology use—both in proof points and in studies, such as this Ithaka study or this U.S. As we disruptive innovation acolytes like to say, it’s almost always about the model, not the technology.

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators

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First, akin to music streaming on Pandora or Spotify, the basic knowledge is widely accessible for consumption, either free or heavily subsidized…The next step is separating marketable academic credentials from the whole degree, just as iTunes enabled us to buy individual songs rather than the whole album…The third tier is an enhanced residential experience.” Customers can now pay a monthly fee to get access to a library of content. Online learning is still a wild west industry.

New Texas bill would increase access to online courses

The Christensen Institute

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Texas State Senate Education Committee held a public hearing for SB 894, a bill that would expand students’ access to courses through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Disruptive innovation is a term we use to describe how sectors get transformed so that life-improving technologies become more accessible. With online learning, we can customize the pace and modes of instruction to meet students’ individual learning needs.

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Virtual field trips bring students face-to-face with Earth’s most fragile ecosystems

The Hechinger Report

Ian Fairhurst, who integrates educational technology into grades K-6 at Knox Grammar Prep, showed a session participant how to use a VR headset at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. In my experience, it is a phenomenally effective learning tool.

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. She cautioned opponents of online preschool programs against grouping all programs together. “I

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

The Hechinger Report

But few of these apps are developmentally appropriate and most fail to teach in ways preschoolers need to learn. Related: Can technology improve preschool? Related: Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool. K-12 News online learning Technology acces

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U.S. expanding internet access to 200k low-income kids

eSchool News

New program would help low-income households connect to internet access and devices. ConnectHome will link 270,000 households, and 200,000 children, with broadband access in 28 communities including the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.

Testing Mode Matters

Digital Promise

Taking a test online rather than on paper might hurt students’ test scores — at least at first — according to a study from the American Institutes for Research (AIR). How Schools can Prepare their Students for Online Tests. Integrate technology into the classroom on a regular basis.

10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

New report highlights 10-step plan to applying Universal Design for Learning online. The authors note that while, ideally, UDL allows students with disabilities to access courses without adaptation, it can also help to improve learning—and, therefore, retention—among all students.

The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. But technology can help facilitate these classroom experiences, Evans said.

Betsy DeVos likens education technology to “a thousand flowers” that have yet to bloom

The Hechinger Report

DeVos’ appearance at ASU+GSV, the annual tech and investment conference known as “Davos by the Desert,” gave her an unprecedented opportunity to speak with a non-confrontational audience on innovation and technology in schools. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Create Effective Feedback With Education Technology

ViewSonic Education

The Promise of Education Technology: Effective Feedback. Giving effective feedback is one of the best ways to improve student learning. Education technology empowers teachers to help students on an individual basis. Effective feedback doubles how quickly students learn.

The Benefits of Adaptive Learning Technology

Edudemic

Adaptive learning has long been a part of education. Every teacher has experience modifying curriculum in some way to help students access information. Nowadays technology can help make the adaptations easier and more streamlined. Adaptive learning technology seeks […]. The post The Benefits of Adaptive Learning Technology appeared first on Edudemic. Updates adaptive technology distance learning online learning