How to Keep Student Minds Open to New Worldviews Even When Campus Is Closed

Edsurge

Among the hallmarks of in-person higher education that students might lose in a semester or entire year without ordinary campus encounters are chances to learn from and build relationships with people who are different from them. While the loss of in-person campus community life may deal a blow to extracurricular programs of all kinds, diminished opportunities for interfaith learning directly relates to the mission common to so many colleges to develop “global citizens.”

How to streamline assessment and spend less time grading

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and share what’s working. One of the issues I’m most passionate about is making teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable, so I’ve gathered a group of educators to create a Productivity Roundtable. These are teachers who have completed the full year of the club and are now in year two or three of taking those results to the next level.

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Here’s the Syllabus for Your Summer Crash Course in Online Education

Edsurge

You learned how to Zoom, or Hangout, or Team up. No one knows yet what the next semester will bring, but there’s a good chance the spaces where you used to teach, whether cavernous lecture hall or cozy seminar room, won’t be available this fall. So this summer might be the right time to learn a little more about online pedagogy. Either way, if you think it’s time to improve your online teaching game, you’ve come to the right place.

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Is technology outpacing you?

Ask a Tech Teacher

We spend millions on training teachers to blend tech into their lessons. Using webtools and burying noses in digital devices won’t provide the interpersonal skills required to succeed in the working world. The human piece to education can’t be overstated.

A Gullible Population Is a National Security Issue

The CoolCatTeacher

Army War College National Security Seminar that caused this response. A Note from Vicki: This post is in response to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for education where she asks about the literacy skills required for a new world. A Few of the Ads Traced Back to Russian Organizations.

Cross-Curricular Lesson: Communicating with Parents

User Generated Education

As someone who has been in teacher education for several decades, I often think about – teach about how to make curriculum engaging, fun, effective, authentic, and relevant for learners. I believe interdisciplinary or cross-curricular lessons have the potential to do so. I also add, when I am working with pre- and inservice teachers, that there is not enough time in a day to teach-learn everything that is desirable. Letter to My Parents.

7 Steps to Stronger Student Collaborators in Your Classroom

EdTechTeam

Everybody wants to collaborate: songwriters, businesses, school districts, teachers, and now students. According to P21.org , “The ability to work in teams is one of the most sought-after skills among new hires, yet research suggests that students may not be graduating with the level of skills needed to succeed on the job.”. After a while, I started to wonder whether all the work to set up collaboration was really that important. How Can We Fail Forward?

Preparing Young Students for Home Row Keyboarding: An Unplugged Approach

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve long been intrigued by the physical keyboards teachers and homeschoolers use to introduce keyboarding to the youngest typists. Then I ran into Dr. William Morgan on one of the education forums I frequent and was thrilled that he knows a lot about them and was willing to share his expertise to kick-off a mini-seminar in classroom keyboarding. The issue is that levels students obtain don’t always translate to keyboard mastery.

In Teaching, How Much ‘Curation’ is Too Much?

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Do you have a recommendation for how much should be curated in online classes vs. how much should be original and created by the instructor? New to online teaching and thinking like a curator As universities around the world attempted to move in-person classes into the online environment at the start of the pandemic, faculty quickly became overwhelmed at all the tasks that needed to be done. The role of a teacher is to facilitate learning, not “deliver” content.

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

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They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. One of EdSurge’s most popular articles described how a teacher used flexible seating to create a classroom that resembled Starbucks, spawning a movement to “ Starbucks your classroom. ” Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms. Teachers spend hours designing and setting up their classrooms.

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

TeachThought - Learn better.

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so. This is part 2 of a short series (can two articles be considered a series?) ” 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions. Paideia Seminar. How does __impact _?

Implementing education technology by pursuing technology education: Professional Development ideas for educators

Neo LMS

Students use laptops, tablets, and myriad software to complete in-class work and at-home assignments. Teachers take advantage of smartboards to offer multimedia lessons and expand on concepts. While some schools allow students to bring their own devices, the majority — 66% — provide them. Read more: Professional development for teachers is key to ed-tech success. How to learn more about edtech options. Reach out to the experts.

Understanding By Design — What’s That Even Mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Understanding by Design (UbD) is a lesson planning approach that visualizes the end result (what students should understand) to better select learning activities (the path that will get students there). Look at who has adopted UbD: the College Board, to guide the revision of its Advanced Placement (AP) subject matter courses and for the development of its courses AP Seminar and AP Research. How do you know if you need UbD?

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment. I hope pou find this first article helpful and that you return for continued postings in this series.

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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

Yet, the fundamental problem with this line of questioning is that it inaccurately conflates access to online learning content with access to a course experience. Instead, MOOCs should be understood as digital content like podcasts, online magazines, Netflix series or even email campaigns rather than facilitated educational experiences akin to college seminars. Compare how a MOOC is assessed with how we evaluate The New York Times.

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4 Ways to Get Started with Security

EdTech Magazine

4 Ways to Get Started with Security. First, only larger districts tend to have network engineers or trained IT people available , let alone security experts. And second, schools are inherently open environments, so districts try to open up network access to as many people as possible. To give you an example, at the district I worked at in New England as a CIO. Reach Out to a Network Security Expert. Article. meghan.bogardu….

See you at ASHA!

SpeechTechie

After a trip to South Florida ( click here for info on our free workshop with UM-NSU-CARD ) this weekend, I am excited to head off to Denver, and hope to see many of you there. In case you missed it, check out my article on apps that will help you navigate the convention. This is my 4th iteration of this presentation and I am very happy to have been granted a luxurious 2 hours to stretch it out!

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

edWeb.net

All educators are lifelong learners, whether they’re figuring out how to incorporate the latest edtech device into their lessons or researching bios on NBA players to help a reluctant reader. But while schools expect teachers to continue their education, most only get rewarded for getting an advanced degree like a master’s or a Ph.D. Educators are engaged in everyday research to help their students, and much of it is informal: videos, mentors, reading, etc.

How Students Running ‘EdSurge Independent’ Say Colleges Should Change

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Don’t even think of lecturing to these college students. The 14 students who just finished up the spring session of EdSurge Independent want something more active, and they want to have a voice as colleges rethink how they teach and support people on their campuses. We encourage you to listen to a complete version below, or on iTunes (or your favorite podcast app). EdSurge: Why does college need to change at all? Every class is planned to the minute.

Using Discourse to Promote a Positive Classroom Culture

Discovery Education

Can we expect students to know how to talk and discuss topics with their teachers and each other on a daily basis? Students are able to appreciate what they are learning and why they are learning it (even if they do not want to readily admit it!). That sounds great, but how do we get there? First — we must provide students with daily and meaningful opportunities to talk with each other about what, how and why they are learning.

Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats

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4: On the Writing Process , and I was eager to talk to him about his craftsmanship as a teacher. To my surprise, though, he downplayed his impact in the classroom, and even suggested that you can’t really teach the kind of writing that he, in fact, teaches. Listen below, or subscribe to the EdSurge On Air podcast on your favorite podcast app (like iTunes or Stitcher ). What drives you to teach? No, I was going to reveal that. It's going to be fun.

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Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

edWeb.net

Many schools still rely on the once-a-year cyber security seminar or focus on too narrowly on a specific issue, like not posting student info online. Education programs need to be more comprehensive and ongoing throughout the year. How do the vendors treat your data?

Learning for the Always-On Generation (Part 3)

EdNews Daily

In my previous article, Learning for the Always-On Generation, readers were introduced to several learning attributes of the digital generations. The third attribute examines how digital learners prefer processing pictures, sounds, color, and video before they process text.

Expert Tips to Make Educational Travel Attainable for All Students

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Setting up a structure for fundraising to support your students who want to travel is crucial regardless of their family income. Olson, PhD, Researcher and Teacher at West Leadership Academy, Denver Public Schools, presented with Carylann Assante, CAE, Executive Director of SYTA and the SYTA Youth Foundation, in “ How We Helped 800 Students Participate in Educational Travel: Proven Tools and Tips.” This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

EDUCAUSE 2015: my sessions and some observations

Bryan Alexander

Plus taking in more than a dozen sessions and holding who knows how many meetings and calls. Here I wanted to share what I did, and some of what I learned. 11:00 – 11:30 Applications to your campus: discussion. If you’re interested in more on this, I have a very short and accessible 2009 EDUCAUSE Review article which introduces methods. Yet people dove in, asking great questions, firing up their imaginations, and bringing it all back to their organizations.

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Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

TeachThought - Learn better.

Am I attending to the fewest, most powerful comprehension strategies for academic literacy? Do students have sufficient general understanding of the strategies (which is key to transfer)? In this post we consider question #3, on the appropriate texts to use to develop text comprehension. How can you possibly develop comprehension ability of a text this way? Such bits of learning can lead to absurd lessons. How do you infer this? Text Complexity?

Promoting inventiveness in the classroom

Kathy Schrock

This article originally appeared in the Discovery Education blog " Kathy Schrock's Katch of the Month " in June 2017 and is re-posted here with permission. The form of creativity leading to invention is called inventiveness. How can you lead your teachers or colleagues to promote inventiveness in the classroom? There is an additional question the inventor needs to think about, and that is “how” – “How can I make the invention?” “How and “How…?”.

Top STEM Schools in Georgia Host High-Tech Personalized Classes Without Hours of Screentime

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“Is it going to explode?” Things don’t usually explode in Biology,” chimes another goggle-wearing student with long blond hair to my left. Back in 2012, we didn’t have an autoclave, so we were crushing bouillon cubes to make microbacteria media and being creative with microwaves, and it worked. It got the students engaged and doing something as opposed to saying, ‘Well I can’t do that because I don’t have an autoclave.’. If you talk to any of those students.

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When They Read But Don’t Understand

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When They Read But Don’t Understand: The Leap From Decoding To Comprehension. How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? We are doing poorly when it comes to genuine comprehension: And look at math vs. reading: And this, from a Christian Science Monitor article on 12th grade NAEP results in reading: In many ways, the 2013 reading scores for 12th-graders were even more discouraging [than the lack of progress in math].

When They Read But Don’t Understand

TeachThought - Learn better.

When They Read But Don’t Understand: The Leap From Decoding To Comprehension. How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? We are doing poorly when it comes to genuine comprehension: And look at math vs. reading: And this, from a Christian Science Monitor article on 12th grade NAEP results in reading: In many ways, the 2013 reading scores for 12th-graders were even more discouraging [than the lack of progress in math].

Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

TeachThought - Learn better.

Am I attending to the fewest, most powerful comprehension strategies for academic literacy? Do students have sufficient general understanding of the strategies (which is key to transfer)? In this post we consider question #3, on the appropriate texts to use to develop text comprehension. How can you possibly develop comprehension ability of a text this way? Such bits of learning can lead to absurd lessons. How do you infer this? Text Complexity?

OPINION: Can Zoom classes keep students excited and engaged? We have found some ways

The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK — When planning an election-year trip to the Southwest border for our undergraduate political reporting class last spring, we imagined reprising an award-winning reporting journey we took to a rural swing district in Maine during the 2018 midterms.

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What Close Reading Actually Means

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Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our site. Occasionally, we are going to go back and re-share his most memorable posts. So today and tomorrow we’re going to share two of his posts on literacy, starting with what it means to “close read.” a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

How Passion Projects and Community Partners Create Relevant Learning for Teens in School

MindShift

But in the midst of this tragedy the residents began to see an opportunity to rethink how they would rebuild the core institutions of the town. “We’re wanted to be part of rebuilding the community. As part of a series on reimagining Cedar Rapids, the company tapped Cornally — a high school STEM teacher whose subjects have included calculus, physics and computer science — to spearhead an effort called “The Return to School Project.”

Generation next

Learning with 'e's

They will have no memories of the 20th century, which just happens to be the same century their lecturers were born and educated within. The class of 2020 may have expectations about learning which run counter to the ethos of the traditional university. These young people - sometimes referred to as Generation Z, or Centennials - will redefine our understanding of learning, and will challenge the way university education is conducted.