3 Tools to Amplify Your Video Conferences

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Discover more ways to integrate technology effectively by taking one of my fully accredited online courses or get one of my books ! Digital Advent Calendar.

Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning. Blended Learning.

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Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

Edsurge

Shiny new technologies can capture well-meaning educators like insects in amber, but the evidence is clear that digital learning can improve student opportunities and outcomes. Below I outline six strategic steps that will point school leaders as well as classroom teachers toward digital learning success: 1. Determine your education goals Keep in mind that when you’re developing an inventory of goals to be addressed via digital learning, less is more.

Make a Deeper Connection with Virtual Student Check-ins!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Connection is a key factor to student success in an online environment. Do your students feel connected to you, the instructor, the learning material, and their peers? Online learning is mostly asynchronous; it rarely takes place in real time and we rarely have the benefits of making connections and relationship building through nonverbal communication and verbal communication. Below are several options to meet several types of learning situations and requirements.

Information Sharing at the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Digital Promise

Recently, I attended the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Portland, Oregon, hosted by NTEN , to catch up on the newest trends in educational technology (edtech) and learn about cutting-edge tools that may be integrated to boost adult learning and workforce development initiatives at Digital Promise. How ideas from the Nonprofit Technology Conference can positively impact adult learning and workforce development initiatives. Online.

Teacher Zen During Distance Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Distance learning has transformed the routines and lives of all stakeholders- students, families, and educators. I recently presented for the Minnesota Distance Learning Summit, Teacher Zen During Distance Learning. Discover more ways to design engaging distance learning experiences by taking my new accredited graduate course , Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning.

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

In June at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ) conference, Google, in partnership with Houghton Miflin Harcourt (HMH), took some important steps toward addressing that question, as the companies together announced the HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions for students in grades K–12—arguably the first-ever curriculum-based virtual reality field trips.

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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. It’s too soon to know how well the free pilot program mixing online and in-person learning will work, but one thing is clear: Without it, said Holmes County Superintendent Angel Meeks, AP physics in this rural Mississippi district “would not exist.”. million online courses in 2014-15.

Why Being in the (Online) Room Isn’t Enough: Fostering Difficult Dialogues in Digital Learning

Edsurge

But how should instructors foster rich, inclusive dialogues with diverse students—and do so online where everyone might be anonymous? At the Online Learning Consortium’s Innovate conference this week, a panel of digital learning specialists shared how they are working to address some of these challenges at their own institutions and beyond. But the panel on Thursday started off by saying even delivering online education in more flexible ways isn't enough.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. Join us for next year’s conference in Providence! Click here to learn more.

10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own! Discover more ways to design engaging distance learning experiences by taking my new accredited graduate course , Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning. quarantinegamessorted Tinyurl.com/quarantinegamez Connect with educators online!

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

In June at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, Google, in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), took some important steps toward addressing that question, as the companies together announced the HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions for students in grades K–12—arguably the first-ever curriculum-based virtual reality field trips.

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At Public Education Conference, Educators Share Fall-Outs on Personalized Learning, Privatization and Edtech

Edsurge

gathered in Oakland this past weekend for the Network for Public Education ’s (NPE) national conference, where several sessions centered around a common theme: protecting public education amid an era of federal budget cuts and concerns over the increased presence of technology in classrooms. The speakers all pressed that digital learning, and in particular online charter schools, are falling short for students and teachers. Educators from around the U.S.

From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

I recently attended the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference , which the Christensen Institute co-hosted with the Highlander Institute, to listen to school leaders from across the country discuss blended-learning implementation and best practices. To be clear, nearly every successful school and district has a principal or superintendent who exhibits strong leadership and is committed to improving student learning outcomes.

Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students?

MindShift

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. It’s too soon to know how well the free pilot program mixing online and in-person learning will work, but one thing is clear: Without it, said Holmes County Superintendent Angel Meeks, AP physics in this rural Mississippi district “would not exist.”. million online courses in 2014-15. LEXINGTON, Miss.

Shifting to a Digital Teaching Model? Here’s Some Advice

Edsurge

Almost 19 years ago, I started a new teaching position that introduced me to the world of online instruction in higher education. The position came with the added—weighty—responsibility of serving as a program coordinator for the Department of Psychology’s first fully online Bachelor of Science program. The transition to a digital teaching environment is a great opportunity to be reminded of a simple fact: You don’t have to do this alone. What can you learn to do without?

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. He finds it easy to teach himself with online content as his guide. I just don’t like doing work on an online platform,” said Logan, an eighth grader at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa, Arizona. “It’s Logan is part of a generation of “digital natives” who were raised on screens. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common.

COVID-19 Forces Science Labs Online and in Homes

Edsurge

But the state also approved college credit for courses completed online. So department chairwoman Sandra Gibbons and the faculty members at Moraine Valley used video conferences to plan out how to take curriculum online by the time classes resumed March 23. It just so happened that a group of about 50 biology students were testing products from Hands-On Labs, a company that offers at-home lab kits coupled with online instruction and assessments.

How Innovations in Voice Technology Are Reshaping Education

Edsurge

Sanchez leads the Mobile Experiences and Emerging Technology team at Coursera, the online learning platform where students anywhere can take courses, master a career skill, get professional certificates, and earn degrees from 200 top universities and companies, including Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Google and IBM. As a senior product manager, Sanchez looks for innovative opportunities to maximize learning experiences across devices and technologies.

Community, Relationships and Rhizomatic Learning

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I’m at the BC Digital Learning Conference in Burnaby BC. Yesterday I went to the pre-conference session ‘Beyond DL (Part 1) Emerging Models Integrating Distributed Learning in BC Schools’, a panel discussion with: Verena Roberts, Jeff Stewart, Brad Hutchinson, Dean Coder, Bruce Weitzel, Karen Flello, moderated by Randy LaBonte. through Coquitlam Open Learning. It is a blended learning course where students meet once a week.

Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

Edsurge

MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. Industry reports and instructional designers alike typically report that only between 5 to 15 percent of students who start free open online courses end up earning a certificate. However, since 2012—when MOOCs gained widespread recognition —instructional designers have made significant strides in designing scalable learning experiences that people successfully finish.

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Most Students and Faculty Prefer Face-To-Face Instruction, EDUCAUSE Surveys Find

Edsurge

Most college students and faculty seem to share a preference for in-person, not online, instruction. Among student respondents, 70 percent said they prefer mostly or completely face-to-face learning environments. Yet overall, about half of both students and faculty—including those who voted for “mostly” face-to-face instruction—indicated some degree of preference for course delivery that combines aspects of both in-person and online education.

Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. Here’s Some Advice for Newly Remote Instructors

Edsurge

Every day, a new batch of colleges announces that in-person classes are closed and teaching will shift online to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Stachowiak is host of a long-running podcast called “Teaching in Higher Ed,” and she’s the dean of teaching and learning at Vanguard University of Southern California. Or professors can just ask students to respond to a prompt in the text chat included in most video conference platforms.

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Blockbuster YouTube Channel ‘Crash Course’ Teams Up With ASU For New Videos

Edsurge

That may be happening even more now that so much college teaching has moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t want people to feel like learning is a series of hurdles that have been placed in front of them in order to receive a diploma,” said John Green, in an interview with EdSurge. Instead, he hopes viewers will see learning as “a way to understand ourselves and our place in the universe—and that’s fun and that’s exciting.”

2U’s ‘Third Chapter’ Begins With a $750M Acquisition of Trilogy Education

Edsurge

It’s a trilogy in the making, and for 2U’s third chapter, the online program management company wants in on bootcamps. This marks the largest purchase to date by 2U, which launched in 2008 to work with colleges and universities to create online graduate degree programs. That was the focus of the company for its first nine years—or “chapter one,” as Paucek described in a conference call with investors on Monday morning.

Top Tips for Teaching Online From Educators Doing It Now

edWeb.net

To help teachers with the transition to online instruction, an edWebinar hosted by SETDA featured educators sharing what is working for them as they teach students online during the COVID-19 crisis. Organized by SETDA, the State Education Technology Directors Association, the edWebinar included a 2 nd grade teacher who had previously taught online only during inclement weather and never expected to be teaching remotely for an extended period. Learn more at att.com/aspire.

Higher Ed Has Become ‘An Entrepreneurial and Philanthropic Wild West’

Edsurge

Meanwhile, college researchers and innovators are diving into learning science and experimenting with new teaching methods. That guest is Mitchell Stevens, a Stanford University professor who is the director of the Center for Advanced Research Through Online Learning. EdSurge: Set the stage for us: How has higher ed changed as a result of online education and an influx of Silicon Valley players in the last 5 or 10 years? Are they the learning management system’s?

Virtual Student Jobs, Roles, and Duties

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! When students help you allow their peers to celebrate them and learn from them. During remote and distance learning student helpers can really help you manage a lot more. Student Video Conference Jobs.

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Overcome, Learn, and Excel at Engage 2021 on February4

The CoolCatTeacher

Join me and other education leaders at the upcoming online conference Engage 2021 sponsored by Kognity. I am speaking at this conference. The live conference is a mix of interactive and hands-on workshops, keynote sessions, and panel discussions.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Many charter networks here, including Crescent City Schools, Firstline, ReNEW, and KIPP, have embraced an educational philosophy known as “personalized learning.”. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

New BrainPOP partnership offers schools new resources for teaching the election

eSchool News

Second Avenue Learning partners with BrainPOP for trail program. As the conventions and election season draw near, a new partnership between Second Avenue Learning and BrainPOP will help provide new digital resources for educators teaching students about the election process. The partnership was announced to coincide with the recent ISTE 2016 conference in Denver. untaggedpr Digital Citizenship Digital Learning and Tools

Reach Out and Uplift Students with Check-Ins!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Discover more ways to integrate technology effectively by taking one of my fully accredited online courses or get one of my books ! Digital Advent Calendar.

2011 Virtual School Symposium

The Electric Educator

This week I am hanging out in Indianapolis at the Virtual School Symposium sponsored by the International Association for K12 Online Learning ( iNACOL ). Today I let an all day pre-conference on Google Apps for Education. Tomorrow the conference begins and I have a full slate of sessions on my agenda. conference online learning

My Online Teaching Philosophy #OnlineLearning #OnlineTeaching #eLearning

EdTechSandyK

The program I am in is fully online, so I am able to study while continuing my current work as a Digital Learning Coach in Georgetown ISD. For my third course, Theory and Practice of Online Pedagogy, one of my assignments was to write my philosophy of online teaching. And also because I thought it would be neat to get feedback from experienced online educators. In online learning, I realized that connection was not a given.

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

Advancement Courses has a free micro-course – Launching Online Learning. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today , co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017.