3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Where do students spend their time outside of school? Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? Ask students to write a story or opinion about what they see.

A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement

Edsurge

When third-year students in strategy classes at BI Norwegian Business School have a question about their assignments next semester, odds are a robot will provide their answer. A chatbot—a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation—will respond to routine student inquiries and prompt students to complete assignments, mimicking some of the tasks of a teaching assistant. Students have a lot of the same questions over and over again.

Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Edutopia

Patrick Cook Deegan Student Engagement Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses.

Reflections on an Interest Mapping Exercise

ProfHacker

According to Rockefeller Foundation’s useful guidebook “Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening” , you can design a more effective convening of people if you conduct some kind of “asset mapping” exercise at the beginning of the event. Student Engagement.

How Flexible Seating Can Transform the Classroom and Improve Student Engagement

MIND Research Institute

In traditional classrooms, students sit at desks or tables, often assigned to them. They may have limited opportunities to move around the room before an official break, but for the most part students stay at their desk or table spot. What is Flexible Seating or Alternative Seating?

A Teacher’s Insight and a Suite of Apps Revitalized Geography—Boosting Student Engagement and Collaboration

Edsurge

Students didn’t like the traditional textbook-and-worksheet-centric course, and their teachers and district staff were concerned that a lack of engagement was translating into lower grades at Canada’s Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) high schools. The Board wanted to help teachers better engage students; to do this effectively, it needed clearer insight into teacher needs. The finished product was a highly personalized and engaging project-based course.

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NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Ascend Math

The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”. Today, students may use Ascend Math, a learning app that rewards students who complete a level by letting them play short video games.”.

3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction

Edsurge

Whether students are reading literature about a character’s challenging journey, or learning to persevere through a difficult word problem, resilience is always relevant to a student’s—and teacher’s—journey. By teaching skills ranging from self-management to responsible decision-making , educators can instill in students the positive mindsets, resilience, and grit they need to succeed in school and in life. Kid President is a perennial favorite of teachers and students alike.

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

Edsurge

They entered the program with a real desire to focus deeply on what it meant to have a more effective personalized learning experience in math—including everything from curriculum design and the use of technology to the roles of teachers and students in the classroom and the adoption of “passion projects.” And a lot of their focus was on making sure that they listened to their students, teachers, families and their community in an authentic way.

How to Create a Student Storytelling Club

MiddleWeb

In Story by Story she explains in detail how to develop students'' storytelling skills and how to gain support for storyteller festivals. Reviewer Kevin Cordi especially values her reports of student engagement. Karen Chace knows storytelling can build literacy as well as joy.

The Pivotal Role Movement Plays in Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Then there is the practicality of being able to work with both administrators and teachers at the ground level to improve pedagogy and, in turn, student outcomes. The teacher had the students engaged in a closure activity to demonstrate an understanding of multiplication concepts in math.

10 Strategies to Strengthen Instruction and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In his meta-analysis of over 300 research studies, John Hattie found that direct instruction has above average gains when it comes to student results, specifically an effect size of 0.59. To me, instruction is what the adult does whereas learning is what the student does.

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

While in some cases, technology is used in powerful ways to support students in developing critical thinking and collaboration skills, and to develop a sense of agency, in other situations it is used in things like drill and practice exercises, test prep, and reading online content.

3 Favorite Webtools for students (and teachers)

Ask a Tech Teacher

Using a game-based format, students receive repeated exposure to high-utility words in multiple contexts and authentic ways that seem natural and age-appropriate. They are introduced via themes to spark interest and keep students engaged.

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From Teacher to Student and Back Again

Digital Promise

In each of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools , educator professional development is a major component on the journey to enhance student learning and engagement. Group professional development is a great way to model learning and put teachers back in the role of student.

A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement

Neo LMS

Online learning is a terrific way to create stimulating learning environments for students. However, for a number of reasons some students do not adapt easily to learning online. A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement.

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10 Ways to Improve Metacognition in Students

EdSense

Transformative pedagogies, encourage students to be an equal and active participant in their learning. Students are expected to consciously understand their learning, the thought processes intertwined with it, while questioning, exploring, and discovering new realms of learning.

Providing Accessible Math Tasks for All Students

edWeb.net

Math can be made accessible to all students using lessons that start at a low level and finish at a much higher level. Teachers can provide different kinds of math tasks on a monthly, weekly and daily basis for varied levels of challenges for their students, including those who struggle.

Three Sides of a Three-Sided Coin: Differentiation (Part 1)

A Principal's Reflections

They represent principles and practices essential to meeting all students’ needs and to ensuring that students graduate future ready. Our increased successes in differentiating teaching and learning directly improve student engagement and motivation.

Getting Creative With Buncee

A Principal's Reflections

It only makes sense, then, that our students are attracted to the same things. Buncee was born from a similar desire to create and share engaging, personal, and colorful content. We saw first hand how buncee’ing positively affected students during our last Google Hangout demo.

KidzType: Free & Fun Online Typing Tutorial

Indiana Jen

As a result, parents, students, and teachers are often looking for resources to help students learn touch typing. Students are presented a variety of typing lessons to help familiarize them with the fundamentals of keyboarding. Students then move on to upper and lower rows.

Preventing the Math Summer Slide

Digital Promise

An early stage education technology company, Cignition, is attempting to break that trend through a summer program that keeps students engaged in mathematics through their online virtual world Fog Stone Isle. According to a newsletter from the Harvard Graduate School of Education [2], on average, students lose 2.6 Maker projects can be simple and engaging for kids to do at home, which enhance design-thinking and persistence skills.

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KidzType: Free & Fun Online Typing Tutorial

Indiana Jen

As a result, parents, students, and teachers are often looking for resources to help students learn touch typing. Students are presented a variety of typing lessons to help familiarize them with the fundamentals of keyboarding. Students then move on to upper and lower rows.

What YouTube and Hollywood Divas Can Teach You About Active Learning

Edsurge

A tattoo writing exercise. By swapping a sage on the stage model in favor of a guide on the side approach in the classroom, these professors are helping students engage in their learning journey actively and responsibly—finding aha! YouTube videos for extra credit.

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YouTube Genre Mash-Up Lesson

EdTechTeam

Looking for a 1-hour lesson that can be used in any subject area, engages students in meaningful conversation about course topics and gives students an opportunity to develop collaboration and creativity skills? Put students into groups and 2.

These are “accessible” math tasks for all students

eSchool News

Math can be made accessible to all students using lessons that start at a low level and finish at a much higher level. Teachers can provide different kinds of math tasks on a monthly, weekly and daily basis for varied levels of challenges for their students, including those who struggle.

Learning By Doing: Using the Arts to Enhance Reading and Stop Bullying

Reading By Example

At each mention of bullying, students folded their paper hearts until there was nothing left but a tiny, crumpled paper ball in their hands. At the end of the exercise they were asked to uncrumple the paper hearts and smooth them back out, but the evidence was clear: the damage remained.

Learning.com Joins Google for Education Technology Partner Program

techlearning

EasyTech helps students develop technology and higher order thinking skills through direct instruction, practice and a variety of application opportunities. school districts and serves more than 4 million students each year.

5 Tech Tools to Inspire Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

They get an escape from reality, exercise for their brains, a closeness to like-minded souls, answers to problems–and reading can even predict success in school. Students want to be able to figure the program out without being taught. 3 Apps That Encourage Students to Read.

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Generation Z’s Are Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

What’s important for higher education to understand, however, is that current students use these digital platforms in more innovative ways than stereotypes would suggest. Today’s students understand the value of applicable, on-the-job training versus passive, theoretical coursework.

The Important Morning Meeting

Ask a Tech Teacher

A tangible transition between the previous class (or recess) and mine seemed to orient students to my topic and make the entire class go more smoothly. Morning meetings are a time when students and teacher gather together, usually in a circle, for an organized start-of-day activity.

Generation Z Is Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

What’s important for higher education to understand, however, is that current students use these digital platforms in more innovative ways than stereotypes would suggest. Today’s students understand the value of applicable, on-the-job training versus passive, theoretical coursework.

S'Cool Tools of the Week: Plotly, DoodleMaths

Edsurge

A product out of the UK, DoodleMaths provides students with tutorials, games and exercises for learning math concepts, rewarding them with stars along the way. Moreover,” he writes, “the better [students] get, the higher the level becomes. Privacy note: According to its privacy policy , DoodleMaths may info about you or your students that include name, contact information and traffic data.) Did you miss our top S’Cool Tools of 2016 ? Check it out—then check back here.

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Less Tech, More Talk: Moving To A Discussion-Based Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

And though I may not fall into the “neo-luddite” category, I don’t believe that new technology is the answer to keeping students engaged in their education. Of course therein lies the real question: how do you get students to love learning?

How teachers can go blended (when they’re the only one)

The Christensen Institute

In going blended, many teachers aim to serve students better according to the original definition of performance embraced by their schools. Though students do not have consistent access to digital technology at the school, Machumele realized that nearly all students have access to mobile applications on their smartphones. Students complete gamified learning exercises on Siyavula’s Everything Maths at home.

Wallingford Public Schools aims high using design thinking in the classroom

Nureva

At Wallingford Public Schools in Connecticut, design thinking helps educators create authentic learning experiences and achieve the ambitious goals they set for student and community engagement. The Wallingford 100 Program is a set of guiding principles that raises the bar for the district’s 12 schools, aiming for 100% in three key areas: community involvement, student engagement and student success in school and beyond.

Get in the Game(ification) With Five Games

CUE

This year at the CUE 2017 National Conference there were a lot of sessions on the topic of gamification, a strategy for increasing student engagement by applying game design principles to a classroom setting. We do not always have to make students compete against each other.

3 New Year's resolutions educators should consider

Kairos EdTech

It’s incorporating technology in your teaching practice to boost student engagement and motivation. When you blog, not only are you exercising self-reflection, but you’re also benefiting the learning community by sharing what you’ve done, what worked and what didn’t work.

Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! ,

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Kiddom Planner: A Highly-effective Tool for your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most don’t survive the first five minutes in front of my students but still I go through this preparatory exercise. Scholastic has eight questions to help teachers plan their lessons : Students: What are the academic, social, physical, personal, and emotional needs of students?

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