10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know


Some, like social-emotional learning and digital citizenship, have long been important—and they may require even more focus this year. Others, like genius hour and bite-sized learning, are recently arrived educational trends that may have a helpful place in your classroom. This year, as schools moved to online learning and teachers scrambled to adjust their curriculum, many teachers, students, and parents gained new appreciation for the value of self-care.

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Google Extends Digital Literacy Training to Teachers

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Classroom Digital Citizenship Game-based Learning Gamification Internet Management Software TrainingBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez The tech giant’s Be Internet Awesome campaign now includes a free course for teachers.


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New Ways to Gamify Learning

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The first thing most teachers think about when discussing gamified learning is the online math games kids play. But those webtools exemplify where the gamification of education started. Redefinition: Technology allows for the creation of completely new ways of learning that were previously not possible. The most well-known example is the viral popularity of Minecraft and the way it has been applied to every academic corner of learning. More on SAMR and Gamification.

Make your LMS a social learning platform

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Vivek Singh, education professional and contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher, has some interesting ideas on using your native LMS as a social learning platform. I know you’ll enjoy their thoughts: Earliest forms of learning, dating back to the stone-age, involved storyboarding one’s experiences on rocks. We inadvertently learn from our daily social interactions, with most of our informal learning happens through online sources of information.

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How data privacy lessons in alternative reality games can help kids in real life

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Educating youth about data security can fall under the larger umbrella of digital citizenship , such as social media uses and misuses and learning how not to embarrass or endanger oneself while using the internet. Uncategorized data privacy digital citizenship gamification virtual reality

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

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But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Blended learning is not new.

How can Teachers Increase Social Learning While Teaching Online?

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It’s becoming more common to take online classes or blend traditional with online learning. Ila Mishra, a specialist in both LMS and virtual classrooms, has this informative explanation of how teachers can increase their social learning while teaching online classes: Social Learning is defined as learning through observing behavior, attitudes, and outcomes of those behaviors. Learning management systems allow for social learning to take place.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

SEL and Classroom Culture In an Age of Distance Learning


Classroom learning and management all begin with relationships, and SEL can guide the relationship and community building process. Any connected educator has heard buzzwords like flipped classroom, gamification, social-emotional learning (SEL), differentiation, and personalized learning.

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Enhancing Civic Education with Game-Based Learning


There is also increasing interest and promising research around the impact that gamification can play in instructional design. Therefore, how might we leverage the power of gamification and game-based learning to enhance civic education? Fortunately, online game-based learning can provide students with greater access to these experiences while also taking more traditional class simulations to the next level. Examples of Game-Based Learning for Civics.

8 Practical Ways to Use AI in Learning

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Every year, education finds new ways to make learning more inclusive and diversified. The latest change agent is Artificial Intelligence (AI), now being used in classes to focus learning, simplify redundant tasks, and infuse lesson plans. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Kamy Anderson has eight practical ways to use AI in learning: Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the education industry. After all, this is the age of digital content and interactive mediums.

Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications

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Purpose Driven Learning (or PDL) is a concept coined by Michael Matera and Adam Moreno to summarize the philosophy that each learner’s inner strengths can be unlocked by focusing with purpose and drive. By following the guidelines for Purpose Driven Learning, teachers avoid the biggest pitfall in many lesson plans — that they are theoretic without meaning in the real world. Problems implementing Purpose Driven Learning. Unpacking Purpose Driven Learning.

Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond

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So, in this article, I’m going to share my thoughts and experience about the technologies and solutions that reshape the educational industry and the way we learn in 2020 and beyond. Video-Based Learning. The key features of video-assisted learning are scalability and repetitiveness.

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3 Apps Disguised as Games to Help Bolster Learning

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Look at Minecraft where millions of kids voluntarily learn geology, work in virtual groups, and seek out knowledge to build a virtual world. Kahoot is a response system that has taken over classrooms all over the country to assess student learning. S/he invites students to join with a game pin, which they enter into pretty much any digital device used in the classroom (smart phones, Chromebooks, iPads, or another). You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

What’s Changed in Lesson Planning

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Students are digital natives, in the habit of learning via technology. What students learn must be applicable to other classes—and life. Collaboration and sharing is treated as a learned skill. Failure is a learning tool. Problem solving is integral to learning. Digital citizenship is taught, modeled and enforced in every lesson, every day, and every class. Play is the new teaching though it’s beenrelabeled ‘gamification’.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

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Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Activity-Based Learning.

5 Resources to Gamify Student Writing

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A modern teacher implements different kinds of incentives that make students interested to learn more. Do you know how you can make them interested in learning? Educade gives you gamification resources for science, math, social studies, language arts, business, health and wellness, engineering, and more. This is your doorway to gamification. You’ll find recommendations for apps that will make the learning process fun for your students. Games Make Learning Fun!

Kid-created Games That Teach

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Fingers point all directions but nothing changes the stark truth: Something causes kids to hate learning so much that they’d rather face their future without the knowledge or skills to do so successfully. Solutions to this problem abound but one of the most popular with K-16 educators — because it works — is to gamify learning. The goal is to maximize enjoyment and engagement through capturing the interest of learners and inspiring them to continue learning.”

Your Device Rollout Isn’t About Hardware—It’s About Engagement


If students don’t care about using their devices, and don’t use them on a regular basis, research shows that getting them to do so may actually become distracting and slow down the learning process. Without one, schools and districts run the risk of missing out on many of the potential benefits that having devices in the classroom can unlock, such as introducing personalized learning, teaching digital citizenship and giving students access to the myriad of apps and tools available online.

35 Take-aways from Summer 2016 Professional Development

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We experimented with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom such as Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, digital citizenship, and formative assessment options. Some had been teaching for thirty years and still enthusiastically embraced everything from twitter to the gamification of education. Time after time, they took responsibility for their own learning.

8 Websites that Explain Elections

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The first five explain elections in general and the next three teach the process through gamification. It includes enrichments, review, projects, and a quiz so students can show their learning. You can also play this through BrainPop (with or without a subscription) which provides expanded options to extend learning and test your knowledge. Let them pick the ones best-suited to their learning style. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

5 Tech Tools That Motivate Every Reader

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I love having guest posts on Ask a Tech Teacher because I always learn a lot. Luckily, technology not only comes as second nature to the digital citizens in your classroom, but engages readers of every level, motivating them to read. Harness the power of peer-to-peer book recommendations and gamification to motivate your students to read more every day. Gamification can make almost any subject more fun, especially reading.

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10 Virtual Teaching Tips For Beginners

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contributed by Pippa Davies , Director Learning Commons at Heritage Christian Online School. As a result, many educators have shifted to online classes to support the learning needs of their students. For many students and parents, virtual learning is a new landscape. Thus, it’s important to educate them on the digital tools needed for success. Furthermore, make sure each student has access to a digital device. Use your learning commons as a vital resource.

17 Take-aways from Summer PD

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A couple dozen of us–teachers, library media specialists, tech integrationists, lab teachers–gathered virtually for three weeks to experiment with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom–Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, backchannels, digital citizenship, assessment, and more (12 topics in all). That is today’s learning–taking it to students.

What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

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Students are digital natives, already in the habit of learning via technology. It’s the teacher’s responsibility to insure students learn over-arching concepts such as how to speak to a group, how to listen effectively, how to think critically, and how to solve problems. To focus on the over-arching concepts above, make learning platform-neutral. What students learn in one class is applied to all classes (where relevant). Failure is a learning tool.

Preparing High Schoolers For A Career In Cybersecurity

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Rather, when teaching such a complicated subject such as cybersecurity, it only helps students for them to be learning in an interactive digital environment. And it’s true that every student learns differently, so educators have the additional task of making sure each student learns to his or her strengths. Education Through Gamification. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

12 Websites that Explain Elections

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The first five explain elections in general and the next three teach the process through gamification. It includes enrichments, review, projects, and a quiz so students can show their learning. You can also play this through BrainPop (with or without a subscription) which provides expanded options to extend learning and test your knowledge. The Learning Network’s list of 17 election activities. Let them pick the ones best-suited to their learning style.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

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intuitive to use with a short learning curve. Once your account is established, add your class, create/review assignments, view student progress, get help, evaluate learning materials, and more. Your students are assigned user names and passwords which they then use to log in from their digital device. From there, student play is self-managed and self-learned. They learn the math as they play and cannot progress until it is mastered.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

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Land of Venn is easy to use, with no learning curve. Land of Venn simulates the way children initially learn from parents: by imitation, play and conversation. The letters do a great job of sharing the purpose of the Prodigy math site and explaining how parents can get involved in learning. They learn the math as they play and cannot progress until it is mastered. More on gamification of education: 29 Online Educational Activities Kids Will Love This Summer.

14 Education Advancements in a Year

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The past decade saw significant improvements in the application of technology to learning and 2017 became a tipping point where embedding technology into education finally moved from fringe to mainstream, remaking classrooms in the image of the future. Chromebooks and iPads have become the two most popular digital devices in classrooms (with laptops, 2-in-1 devices like Surface Pro, and Macs next). Personalized student learning. Gamification of classes.

7 Educational Transformations for Any Classroom


While it’s not listed in the 7 transformations, the overarching goal will be to help students navigate their digital world and build a positive digital footprint. The first month of school will be focused on lessons on digital citizenship and leadership. Hyperdocs - I was first introduced to Hyperdocs while taking the EdTechTeam Teacher Leader program and had to learn more. Inquiry Based Learning - Do you ask your students many questions?

Celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the NEO Blog


We learned a lot. From gamification to digital citizenship to PD for teachers to classroom robots and everything in between, the 102 posts that have been published on the NEO Blog in the last 12 months covered oh so many subjects related to education technology and e-learning for educational institutions. Here are 10 of the NEO Blog’s best posts from the third year of its existence: 6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide.

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Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?


Instead of relying on textbooks and teacher direction, these students had to think critically about unfolding events, collaborate with peers and adults, and make creative use of digital tools to communicate their ideas. In the process, they also learned plenty about social studies and civic engagement. Although some educators have grown weary of the term “21st century learning,” the drive to transform education “matters more today—a lot more—than when we started the conversation.”

Transforming and Personalize PD in Your Own District


What about our Digital Age educators? Differentiation and personalized learning opportunities are just as important for teachers--creating empowering learning communities is key. Instead of ”professional development,” we need authentic, personalized “professional learning opportunities” that improve workflow and foster creativity. Here are few of the unique ways educators are given opportunities to expand their learning environment through creative measures.

Teacher Absent? How Tech Can Bridge the Gap

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Strong Class Culture Is Key As the classroom teacher, I learned that the biggest factor for how things went when I was gone was the strength of the classroom culture. I also used digital citizenship lessons to support students in developing emotional awareness and being considerate. My absence simply could not be a reason to stop our learning trajectory or allow an unproductive misuse of time. Subscribe to our weekly Digital Classroom newsletter