How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide

Wisewire

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years. A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. So did they learn?

How K–12 Classrooms Can Benefit from Robotics

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Classrooms Can Benefit from Robotics. Classrooms are dynamically impacted by the dual forces of technological evolution and student expectation. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how education robotics companies are invigorating K–12 learning.

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How to Engage Students and Support Learning in Large Classes

Edsurge

Dear Bonni, You have shared often about active learning strategies and the impact they have on student learning. When we teach large classes, what approaches can we employ that will have a greater opportunity to engage students and help students learn more?

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4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

Below, Melissa shares advice for how teachers can facilitate these kinds of powerful collaborative learning experiences with their students. Students have opportunities to work on smaller projects to familiarize themselves with collaborative learning and integrated projects.

Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Digital Promise

As the teacher leading my SXSWedu classroom, I made a wrongful assumption my entire class entered the room with the same knowledge base. OER Commons defines them more eloquently as, “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.”. Teachers have been surfing the Web for lesson plans and ideas for their classroom for years.

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Educators as Learning Catalyst Facilitators

Tech Helpful

Facilitator- Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students. Educators: Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Latest in Games and Learning Research Reveals Need to Empower Educators

MIND Research Institute

Last month I attended the annual Digital Media and Learning (DML) Conference at University of California, Irvine. My schedule of sessions focused on what researchers have learned about games and learning. The continued importance of experiential learning.

Why Flipped Learning should be standard for Higher Education

Neo LMS

Flipped Learning and Higher Education are rarely found together in the same sentence. While not exactly the same, both concepts shift the focus towards students and their learning needs rather than the instructor. They flipped their classrooms.

Google Adds New Classroom Features. Use Them Responsibly.

techlearning

Google has added some new features to Classroom. Like any edtech tool or feature, these new Classroom additions can be abused, focusing not on historical thinking skills but low level learning. Use it to measure basic understanding of content knowledge.

Pre-K Learning: Enhancing Education with Digital Technology

Kitaboo on EdTech

Although this isn’t really a game, but rather, it’s a digital learning session. The child smiles and moves to the next learning chapter. Research confirms that the quality of education and learning received by children in their early years of childhood is essential for their overall development. Children who received high-quality, practical knowledge-based learning in their formative years are less likely to fail in high-school. This is the digital age.

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 collaborative learning.

5 Digital Tools That can Help Educators Manage the Workload

EmergingEdTech

Guest writer Nancy Lin offers 5 free web apps with phone based counterparts, that can be a huge help in classroom. Not so long ago, teachers had to rely largely on an extensive knowledge base, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Messy Works: How to Apply Self-Organized Learning in the Classroom

MindShift

When a group of kids from a Delhi slum figured out how to navigate the Internet in English simply by playing with a computer for a few days, it was the beginning of a movement to harness the power of self-organized learning. Plus, hopefully, they will have had a joyful experience of learning

Does the Word ‘Teacher’ Still Describe What Educators Do in the Classroom?

Edsurge

To Williams, that definition had built up too many negative connotations over time, including the implication that she was simply standing in front of a classroom dictating to children—something she felt was an inaccurate depiction. There are titles like “digital learning coordinators” whose responsibility is to identify and implement technology to support classroom instruction and monitor learning results.

What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Constructivism is a student-centered philosophy that emphasizes hands-on learning and active participation in lessons. Constructivists believe that learning is an active process so the most effective way to learn is through discovery. Learning is incremental.

How to Blend DoK into Lesson Plans without a Comprehensive Rewrite

Ask a Tech Teacher

I recently got a question from a reader asking how the lessons in my K-8 curriculum supported Dr. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge philosophy — an integral concept to her school’s mission. Rather, it itemizes ways students interact with knowledge.

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5 ways to spot college and career readiness in classrooms

Insight Education Group

When you walk into a classroom, how can you be sure that students are really on their way to being college- and career-ready? Here's what to look for next time you walk into a classroom: Core Practice 1: Know the discipline well. Applies acquired knowledge in real-world situations.

How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide.

Edsurge

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years. A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. But what does personalized learning actually mean, and how can school leaders do it? He designed the Highlander Institute’s “Fuse” program, which trains educators to lead personalized learning in schools and districts. So did they learn?

Education Needs to Push the Hard-Reset Button

EdNews Daily

Without massive action, the United States will continue to lose traction in our ever-shrinking global learning community. Create modules of learning that: Help guide students to their clearest path of interest. Establish “Rivers of Learning”. Create open learning centers.

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Good, Bad, & Ugly: Blended Learning Effectiveness #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Q1: Is personalized learning a measurable framework? Personalized learning - Anything from personal development/interests (hobbies, individual pursuits) all the way through to traditional coursework which includes courses offered online when it isn't offered in person at the student's campus.

5 reasons to integrate digital storytelling into your teaching

eSchool News

How do we best bridge this divide and bring education into the digital learning space where students reside? How do we take what we as teachers know in one literacy and allow students to demonstrate mastery in another, without losing control of the classroom?

The Missing Literacies – Networking to Learn #iste2015

There is no box

The Missing Literacies – Networking to Learn. Silent classrooms. This is not how we learn in the real world. The extent of networking to learn, if we were lucky, was putting four desks together and working in groups. In college, some of my best learning experiences were working on group projects. Both those group learning experiences were constrained by proximity and time. Kids sitting in rows of desk. Individual worksheets.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

Ask a Tech Teacher

” The first step toward reaching that goal would be opening their minds to fascinating bits and pieces of knowledge, be they about computer games or nature. Rephrased, this defines education as not about academic success, learning the 3Rs or graduating top in the class.

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3 Learning Problems Bigger Than Teacher-Prep

Fractus Learning

Some of the new requirements include steeper admission requirements for teacher-training programs and licensing based on performance of a specific set of skills. Time spent in the classroom is simply not enough for teachers to instruct every student in what he or she needs to know.

169 Tech Tip #151: 8 Popular Year-long Assessments

Ask a Tech Teacher

Sub-category: Classroom management. Tech use— evaluate student self-directed use of the technology they have learned in class projects. Anecdotally verify that they are applying their learning. Effort —assess student tech knowledge based on process not product.

[Throwback Thursday] 5 ways to spot college and career readiness in classrooms

Insight Education Group

When you walk into a classroom, how can you be sure that students are really on their way to being college- and career-ready? Here's what to look for next time you walk into a classroom: Core Practice 1: Know the discipline well. Applies acquired knowledge in real-world situations.

The Journey to Becoming an Author

A Principal's Reflections

Apparently, I was dead wrong on this assumption and quickly learned that Twitter in itself wasn’t a powerful tool, but instead, it was the conversations, ideas, resources, and passionate educators that connected with me. author books Digital Leadership Twitter Uncommon Learning writing

“A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece

Daily Edventures

I saw the joy of searching, discovering, and acquiring knowledge in their eyes. Economou believes the devices in his classroom ensure that instruction is individualized, multiple representations are supported, and that research and the quest for information are promoted. “I

Teachers As Researchers: The Power of Mindset

Digital Promise

I used to make changes in my classroom based on intuition - I just know what my students need - but found that intuition alone wasn’t enough to truly spark student learning. I wanted to try it myself and see what I could learn. Who is learning?

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Connected Learning Certificate Program Launching

Educator Innovator

In the summer of 2013, 15 teachers in Philadelphia gathered around a classroom table at Arcadia University to hack some toys. Christina Cantrill , senior program associate who directs the Digital Is project at the National Writing Project , facilitated this connected learning workshop for teachers through Arcadia University’s School of Education as part of last summer’s Making Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc).

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How to Prepare Your Students for College

Benchmark Education

A New World of Technology—in Classrooms, Around the Globe. Why Use Technology in the Classroom? How Do We Use Technology in the Classroom to Maximize Learning? How will this next generation learn? The clock is ticking.

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Common Core and Service Learning PBL Professional Development

wwwatanabe

Yesterday I had the privilege of facilitating a Common Core and Project Based Learning professional development class for 7th-12th grade teachers. From here we bridged into many discussions about PBL, service learning, and Common Core.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

Edsurge

I knew she was a good teacher, but in all that time, I never had the opportunity to watch her in her own classroom. By looking at your data points in a new way, you can create professional development opportunities within a classroom, school, or across an entire district by leveraging your internal subject matter experts (SMEs). You also note that one teacher’s classroom is outperforming the others by a large margin.

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Lessons from a school without walls

The Hechinger Report

No classroom walls divide them. “It There are no classrooms but rather a series of contiguous, multipurpose spaces arrayed around the central stairs, which themselves double as social meeting areas or lecture seats.

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What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts.