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.

Survey Shows Schools Should Push ‘Soft Skills’ Needed for Workforce

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Over 1,000 administrators, teachers, students and parents were surveyed for the study, The Role of Education in Building Soft Skills , in both the United Kingdom and the United States. K-12 Schools Collaborative Learning Soft Skills

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Students Today Are Learning All The Time. Can Schools Keep Up?


Not so long ago, students did most of their learning at school, and maybe while doing homework or during trips to the museum. Now, learning—like the internet—is everywhere thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and chromebooks. But that doesn’t mean learning stops when they leave school.”

Study: Teacher Collaboration Improves Performance, Learning

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This simple conclusion has come from research into how teachers collaborate with one another and why. About 90% said working in instructional teams was helpful in improving student learning. K-12 Schools Collaborative Learning Professional Development Teacher Training

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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.

SCALE-UP Classroom Technology: Supporting The Learning Environment

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Learning environments are becoming more flexible, teaching methods are changing to accommodate different learning styles, and student collaboration is playing an increasingly important role in the classroom. The SCALE-UP classroom places heavy emphasis on student collaboration.

edWeb’s Research-Based Practices for Personalized Professional Learning


Report prepared by Cambridge Learning Group. Active learning through structured online activities and classroom application. Collaboration that builds knowledge and makes collective decisions. edWeb Case Study: Rock Valley Community School District.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences


And it lacks the enthusiasm—as well as the desire to help kids own and engage in their learning—that defines us as innovative educators. With transformative digital changes happening in classrooms today, basic learning management systems now deliver the answers to most of those well worn questions on parent portals. Give parents resources that will help them support the process of learning and motivation. Use a Google Form to create a survey you can send to parents.

Space Matters: Lessons Learned from an Active-Learning Classroom


Too many discussions of edtech focus on tools (like tablets, clickers, learning-management systems, smart boards, etc). Two years ago we renovated an old computer lab into an active learning classroom. Now, as an active-learning classroom, the default arrangement is for students to work in teams—six team stations for up to 36 students. Indiana University has a campus-wide Mosaic initiative to encourage and support active and collaborative learning in all classrooms.

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

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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.

Starting Off the School Year: It’s About the Learners

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I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. I want to learn about my students so my instructional strategies can be more personalized and tailored to their needs and interests. You will be expected to engage in the learning activities during class time.

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Blogging and Writing: is there a difference?

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Image via Wikipedia. The social networking merry-go-round continues turning. It’s not all fun and games and party and let’s all wear hats on Seesmic today type stuff … though that’s fun too.

3 Tools for Exploiting the Wifi During Presentations

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If like me you’re not one of those, then here are a few tools that, thanks to the increasing availability of wireless connectivity at conference centres these days, might help to turn your passive listeners into a bunch of multitasking audience collaborators.

K–12 Professional Development Is Critical, So Make It Count

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While most teachers believe district leaders view professional development as a priority, some say the instruction they’re offered could be more effective, according to a survey from Corwin, Learning Forward and the National Education Association.

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Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

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I visited many elementary and middle schools where students, with bulging headphones wrapped over their heads, stared at separate computers, each learning something different at the same moment. It might seem that personalized or student-centered learning should be more individualized.

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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. Let’s call it the Dreaded Collaboration Project (you heard it from me first!). The Dreaded Collaboration Project has all the elements of a good cliche: the student that does all the work, the slacker, the one that talks a lot (but does not do anything), the anxious one, and of course, that one student that only shows up at the end, mostly unprepared.

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The Internet of Things smart school is coming

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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.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old


In our recent international survey , 53% of students aged 9-18 reported being productive only half of the total time spent working on school assignments. Blocking sites like social media and gaming (especially for younger children) keeps students focused on learning.

Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers

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In The Gallup 2017 Survey of K–12 School District Superintendents , 67 percent of respondents said the quantity of new teacher candidates is decreasing and 39 percent said the quality is also declining. Thankfully, technologies such as virtual reality and collaboration software can assist with the training and recruiting of better teachers. Collaboration. Virtual Classrooms and VR Help Schools Get Qualified Teachers. meghan.bogardu…. Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:00.

University of Missouri-St. Louis Addresses the Growing Need to Develop Online Courses

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In 2012, Keeta Holmes, director of Learning Innovation and Design at the University of Missouri-St. Participants are required to be working on a specific course that will be offered online, so they can’t just sort of come and dabble and sit in the room and learn.

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years


Deeper Learning: The expert panel identified several long-term trends that will greatly influence the adoption of technology in classrooms over the next five years and beyond. Increasingly, schools are looking to badges as a way to validate informal learning for both students and teachers.

When Coaching Teachers Has Curiosity As Its Primary Goal


Our innovation was that we wanted to make teaching and learning better, but we wanted to be better at making teaching and learning better,” Hopkin said during a presentation on the coaching model his school uses at the Building Learning Communities conference in Boston.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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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. Whole-Class Learning is Here.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


Back in 2014, our interviews and surveys led us to a taxonomy of digital curation. Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity. Designs Collaborative Spaces. What’s curation?

Playing at Orientation: Interview with the Designers of “The Parasite” at University of Chicago


I spoke with designers Patrick Jagoda and Kristen Schilt about their collaboration and this elaborate, playful twist on a familiar college tradition: Anastasia: What brought on this design project? PJ: A key piece of advice would be to embrace a collaborative and transdisciplinary spirit.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

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. Bronwyn believes we live in a world where we should be learning together.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

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” Gartner says, rather vaguely, that it relies on scenarios and surveys and pattern recognition to place technologies on the line. ” Take “collaborative learning,” for example, which this year’s K–12 report posits as a mid-term trend.

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The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The conference is held in the online platform Blackboard Collaborate, and instructions for joining any sessions and to find the schedule in your own time zone are at [link]. And special thanks to Blackboard Collaborate for the terrific conference platform.

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

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The Traditional Model The traditional model used by organizational learning theorists begins with the depth of knowledge. Current organizational learning and knowledge literature identify and categorize 12 different types of knowledge depending on the location in which the knowledge is created and the depth of knowledge. Without interdepartmental collaboration or conflict, individual groups lack the opportunity to reinterpret intergroup content and negotiate meaning.