6 tips to help teachers pull off collaborative learning

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While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in their edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work ,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. The gifted group. The slow group.

Five Ways Teachers Can Use—and Create—Augmented Reality Experiences


Many educators find that gamifying learning keeps students engaged. BreakoutEDU , for example, is an educational game platform that includes a curated set of physical materials—think padlocks, boxes and invisible ink—and activities across a wide range of subjects and grade levels. For example, after watching a 10-minute tutorial, Yvonne Rodriguez was able to create her own AR Experience by arranging components—which she describes as “digital LEGOs”—on her computer screen. “It’s

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Five Ways to Make Peer Feedback Effective In Your Classroom


Instead, I decided to enhance my approach to problem solving by incorporating peer review—letting students participate in the feedback and assessment process. It is also an effective pedagogical strategy to teach students the skills of critical thinking, giving and receiving feedback and taking responsibility for their own learning. Ask students to react to the feedback they receive One of the best ways to learn is to get feedback on your work.

What YouTube and Hollywood Divas Can Teach You About Active Learning


These active learning strategies can work in any course—for any major, in any discipline. Some of the most dynamic thinkers and doers in education today are pioneers in active learning. Some of the most dynamic thinkers and doers in education today are pioneers in active learning.

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Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students


While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. The gifted group. The slow group.

This Tech Tool Can Save Teachers 10 Minutes Per Class


Laurence’s College in Brisbane had just 50 minutes to write up a formative assessment on the representation of robots and artificial intelligence in the movies. Fewer uploads and emails Gunn’s school has a one-to-one device policy; when she projects her screen to model her writing process, for example, students can connect their own devices to use the platform’s annotate tool to take a screenshot and add their own notes.

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Technology Tidbits

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. Below is an example. An educational portal is in the works so educators can track, monitor, and assess student work.

Why We Still Need to Know Things in the Age of Google

The CoolCatTeacher

We hope that kids will learn critical thinking skills in one class and then apply it to another. Today we discuss current research that is shaking up how people think about learning. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. Interest-driven learning can be really valuable.

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eXSpace exploration

Learning with 'e's

In this follow-on from one of my previous posts entitled Going to the wall , I'm going to highlight some of the features we plan to incorporate into our new experimental learning space (eXSpace) at Plymouth Institute of Education. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process.

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. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process.

Personalizing the Curriculum with the Learning Journey Model

The CoolCatTeacher

Mark Engstrom shares a personalized model for learning that he calls the “Learning Journey Model.” After students accomplish a core competency, they personalize their learning journey much like the “game of LIFE” board game. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

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How to build your global classroom in 4 steps


We live in an age where global issues that affect us all are pushing us to collaborate and to understand different perspectives. A major advantage is building cross-cultural collaboration skills, which some argue is an essential 21st century skill. E-learning

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Poor teachers: Who is to blame?

My Island View

I have addressed this in several earlier posts, but it needs to be re-stated until people finally begin to understand that there are differences in how adults effectively learn, andragogy, compared to the motivations in learning by children, which is pedagogy. It is how kids learn best. Collaboration vs. Lecture. As a whole adults are better with collaborative learning since it gives them control to direct the learning to what they need to know.

What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?


It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. Make learning a priority. which Dweck associates with a false growth mindset, won’t help them achieve their learning goals, at least not in the long run. Challenge students to learn more. E-learnin

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How Writing Can Help Close the Achievement Gap: An Interview with Turnitin’s Elijah Mayfield


Mayfield spent his grad school years studying natural language processing, computational linguistics, and machine learning. He also spent time consulting for high profile companies like CTB McGraw-Hill and College Board, which wanted to learn more about student writing. To me this misses a crucial early stage where you need to learn to express yourself, to put together a series of thoughts into a coherent explanation of your ideas to others.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

In HP Teaching Fellow Melissa Wrenchey’s class, students collaborate to design prototypes that address real-world challenges. Below, Melissa shares advice for how teachers can facilitate these kinds of powerful collaborative learning experiences with their students.

4 Ways to Discover the Best Edtech

Digital Promise

Technology can bring about new learning opportunities, support student engagement, help create a collaborative learning environment, and provide necessary and immediate feedback, among other digital age skills. Could this product provide a project-based learning experience?

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4 Old School Teaching Practices to Retire


Teaching by learning styles It appears on its surface to be sound pedagogy. However, there isn’t a lot of evidence to show that stressing over learning styles makes much of a difference in terms of greater learning gains or that grouping students based on learning styles is beneficial to them.

Top 4 microtrends in e-learning


Last week I introduced three megatrends affecting e-learning. My research revealed a couple more exciting trends and emergent ideas in e-learning, so I promised another four for this week. Top 4 microtrends in e-learning. Let’s get started: Entrepreneurial learning.

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6 Ways to create meaningful teamwork experiences through an LMS


Chances are that no matter the subject, they are told to collaborate quite frequently. Plenty of examples can be found from Boy Meets World and Dawson’s Creek to Gilmore Girls. Let’s call it the Dreaded Collaboration Project (you heard it from me first!). And the truth is, that for some students collaboration does not come that easily. Read more: 5 Reasons e-learning is perfect for introverted students. A manifesto for effective classroom collaboration.

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The benefits of active learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

But in this twisted time, young children starting public pre-K at the age of 4 are expected to learn through “rigorous instruction.”. Of course the benefits of active learning are apparent beyond the kindergarten sector. The question isn’t whether active learning techniques work.

Learning Math Should be Fun and Engaging

A Principal's Reflections

Kanchan Chellani, currently a math teacher at New Milford High School , is a strong believer in making the learning process fun, interactive, and meaningful for students. To engage students in her classroom, Mrs. Chellani has utilized a variety of tools to help her develop an interactive, student-centered learning environment. As a result, she has started to create her own online learning modules, using the software Adobe Captivate.

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E-learning in times of crisis: The CARE2 Framework


As many brick and mortar schools have closed, many have transitioned into online or distance learning. It has advised learners and educators to use its online learning platform. Read more: Why e-learning is key to building disaster-proof education. E-learning

High Impact Evidence Based Teaching Strategies


A significant finding in the book was that teachers can make a positive difference on student's performance despite other circumstances that may impede learning. Why is an evidence based approach to teaching and learning important?

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments. One of these practices is known as blended learning and the term that has been garnering some attention within the education industry as of late.

Technology’s Role in Putting Learning Science Research To Work

Digital Promise

Since the days of writing on wooden shingles with charcoal in one-room school houses, an increasing array of objects – pencils, paper, scissors, paste, books, and microscopes, to name a few – have been routinely used in classrooms to help students deepen understanding and record and communicate what they learned. Today’s technology allows teachers to generate and monitor personalized learning plans for their students. Supporting authentic, real-world learning.

Education and the Big Data Revolution

Omega Notes

As development of comprehensive data analytics, machine learning, and AI continues to move forward, people’s standards of life improve as it allows us to make better decisions by observing past results. There are several ways analytics systems can be utilized to improve the learning process.

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5 Ways K–12 Teachers Can Take a New Approach to Computational Thinking

EdTech Magazine

STEM courses are a central component to K–12 learning , but incorporating STEM into the classroom can be difficult. Learner: Teaching computational thinking is as much a learning exercise for educators as it is for their students.

Flipping Instruction in a Captivating Fashion

A Principal's Reflections

To engage students in her classroom, she has developed an interactive, student-centered learning environment. In these learning modules, instruction is provided using digital content, simulations, videos, screen captures, voice-overs, etc.

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Efficacy in Digital Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As a supporter of the purposeful use of technology and innovative practices, I had to illustrate how effective these strategies were at improving learning. Once an overall vision for digital learning is firmly in place you can begin to work on the structures and supports to ensure success.

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. I use the team-based feature of Learning Catalytics (also developed by Mazur) to deliver CO-LABS.

Are etextbooks More Affordable Than Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

And students, who are already on a limited education budget, find it extremely difficult to buy their yearly learning materials. It is assessed to ensure all required elements are present. A fine example would be Cengage, who launched their Cengage unlimited subscription pack, where students get unlimited access to their entire library of online textbooks for $119.99 Here’s an example of a successful subscription business model.

Continual Professional Development for Teachers


With each passing year and generation, tools and techniques, students and their learning preferences, and attitude towards learning continue to change. In-house and digital learning. Assignments and assessments. Self-assessment.

4 Ideas for Student-Led Learning During Emergency Remote Teaching

The Principal of Change

What I have learned to default to in my mind to when thinking about teaching and learning is an essential question from AJ Juliani and John Spencer which I shared in “ Innovate Inside the Box “: “What are you doing for students that they can be doing themselves?”.