Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

eLearn.fyi is a database of more than 300 online resources, from a civics curriculum created by a former Supreme Court justice to engineering lessons for building a robotic arm. When the coronavirus pandemic first struck and classes shifted online last spring, Sophia Joffe was in 11th grade.

Did you know online learning can lead to equity?

eSchool News

Related content: 5 things you don’t know about online learning. Checking off all of these boxes isn’t always easy in traditional educational settings, where many schools have yet to tap into the value of online, blended, and/or personalized learning.

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4 ways online learning can lead to educational equity

eSchool News

Related content: 5 things you don’t know about online learning. Checking off all of these boxes isn’t always easy in traditional educational settings, where many schools have yet to tap into the value of online, blended, and/or personalized learning. How online learning promotes equality and equity in schools.

From digital citizenship to digital leadership in a South Carolina elementary school

Hapara

I am currently a fifth grade teacher and Digital Learning Coach at Oak Grove Elementary School in Lexington, South Carolina. We were what would be called the “locked-down learning” method. One student said, “Being a person online…?” Scaffolding digital citizenship instruction.

How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable

MindShift

As the dust settles from emergency distance learning, schools now have the summer to reckon with what worked and what must change as they grapple with the uncertainty of the next academic year. Online Class Design. Universal Design for Online Learning.

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Building virtual monuments to Black historical figures

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. He learned about them through an app on his phone.

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Schooling has changed forever. Here’s what will stay when things go back to normal

The Hechinger Report

In Oklahoma, students are having a say in where and when they learn. We have a chance now to make it something that will change teaching and learning forever for the better.”. Learning from Lockdown. And moving meetings online has increased community participation and engagement.

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States' Control Over Selection of K-12 Classroom Materials Shifting to Districts

Marketplace K-12

California, Texas and Florida are among the states that are ceding more authority to districts in choosing their own instructional materials, the Association of American Publishers reports. Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning Publishing State Policy Textbooks adoptionstates associationofamericanpublishers textbooks

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials. When league districts convene a few times each year, we share experiences with instructional approaches and materials with our peers, and we’ve all been encouraged by the success stories emerging from this work.

Digital curriculum targets ELL learning gap

eSchool News

A new suite of digital instructional materials is designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English Language Learners (ELL), which, with nearly five million students is among the largest and fastest growing demographic in U.S. The ELL programs are modeled after Middlebury Interactive’s world language courses and, like those programs, integrate research-based learning techniques, cultural awareness and project-based activities into blended learning classrooms.

How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Sometimes, they consult curation sites that have evaluated these materials; sometimes they just consult other teachers on what they use.

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Plunging NAEP scores make clear the long and difficult road ahead to pandemic recovery

The Hechinger Report

We finally have the long-feared answer to the question about just how dire pandemic learning loss was: Even worse than anticipated, at least for many nine-year-old students.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Action and Expression

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog, I focused on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of representation. I described how blended and online learning can help educators provide opportunities for students to perceived and engage with information presented in multiple modalities.

NewseumED’s Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy

Catlin Tucker

NewseumED , a free online resource, is committed to cultivating the First Amendment and media literacy skills they believe are critical to participating in civic life. NewseumED is committed to helping students “learn how to authenticate, analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources” and supporting teachers in putting “current events in historical context through standards-aligned lesson plans, videos, primary sources, virtual classes, and programs.”

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years.

Classroom Routines Eliminate Chaos and Confusion

Catlin Tucker

It’s our responsibility to cultivate independent, self-directed learners capable of sharing the responsibility for learning with us, their teachers. This is easier to do when students know what to expect in both their physical classroom and online learning environment.

South Carolina adopts science video service

eSchool News

Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning. These supplemental STEM resources can enhance science curriculum connecting science teaching and learning to career and college readiness. “Twig and Tigtag support student engagement and enthusiasm in science learning and are an excellent means to affordably update an existing curriculum with modern, compelling, real world STEM content,” says Bruce Wilcox, Vice President for Carolina Biological.

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Top 10 Benefits of Using YouTube in the Classroom

EdTech4Beginners

The accessibility of free, high-quality, and instructional internet films, available on websites such as YouTube, is a natural complement to contemporary educational settings. Every minute, 500 hours worth of video material is posted to YouTube. Reduces the Expenses of Online Education.

What Will Schools Do in the Fall? Here Are 4 Possible Scenarios

Edsurge

based think tank New America , the three authors—an instructional designer and two former teachers—lay out four possible scenarios for what school will look like in the 2020-21 school year, based on present understanding of the COVID-19 virus and health experts’ advice for school re-openings.

YaizY Lands $2.1M Seed Investment To Transform The Traditional Learning System By Turning Kids’ Passions Into Professions

eSchool News

New York, NY (December 6, 2021) – EdTech startup YaizY , an online platform with a wide range of curated courses in advanced digital subjects for kids, announced today a $2.1M

#AskExcelinEd: Amid COVID-19, how can states prepare exiting 3rd graders to ‘read to learn’ in 4th grade?

ExcelinEd

And this is before a projected COVID-19 learning loss. Transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn in third grade is a significant milestone, and this unprecedented nationwide disruption to student learning will likely have long-term implications.

How Districts Can Develop a Comprehensive Plan for Remote Learning Come Fall

Edsurge

Through a headset and webcam, I learned that he loved space. Claire Cummings teaching English online to students in China for VIPKid. Credit: Mike Zetlow) I know from my year teaching at VIPKid that students can learn online , a conclusion researchers have also reached.

Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science

EdNews Daily

As the utilization and embracement of technology in education has increased, as has utilization of online and blended learning in and out of the classroom, imperative for today’s digital native learners and members of the future workforce. They’re our future leaders, and whether they choose science as a career or not, this multi-layered process of learning and applying that knowledge as they mature will prove invaluable. Utilize a varied methodology to impart learning.

The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Digital-based learning benefits students. Blended learning and flipped classrooms. When teachers leverage technology, learning outcomes improve. From virtual labs and games to digital textbooks and online curriculum, digital classrooms rely on video. Educators are striving to transform learning environments to meet changing needs. 84% said that school tech adds value to their child’s learning. More motivated to learn. Online Video.

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How Library Closures Hurt Adult Learners as Kids Doubled Down on Digital Reading

Edsurge

Library closures hit patrons hard—especially those who relied on them as their main internet source and used them to access online educational resources. Teachers cite the challenges of remote instruction as a top reason for leaving their jobs during the pandemic.

Want to Help Schools Closed by COVID-19? Don’t Pitch Them Right Now.

Edsurge

News that schools and districts across the country are closing campuses and preparing to transition their staff and students to online learning have led to a flurry of questions and, subsequently, people lending support.

Remote Learning Begs the Question: Must Lectures Be So Long?

Edsurge

With some schools already announcing they will not reopen normally in the fall, and many others considering their options , educators are hoping to take advantage of the summer to improve on this spring’s sink-or-swim plunge into distance learning. Many things did not translate well online.

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Competency-Based Learning Puts Students at the Center. It’s Perfect for Now.

Edsurge

Then COVID-19 catapulted education into crisis mode, forcing her and all students and teachers into at-home learning situations across the world. Older students employed as essential workers, at grocery stores and warehouse distribution centers, lost significant learning time.

From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

Iterating Toward Openness

As I read the article, I couldn’t help but reflect on a recent article in PLOS One by Phil Grimaldi and his colleagues at OpenStax , which challenged us to be more specific in our theorizing about why OER adoption might improve student learning. Learning will only improve measurably if you ALSO do something else. Unsurprisingly, the students with more opportunities to engage in online interactive practice did significantly better on the final exam.

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The Best Flipped Classroom Software Tools For Flipped Learning In 2021

Fractus Learning

What are the best-flipped learning apps for K-12 grades in flipped classrooms? The best-flipped classroom tools can transform and remodel classroom teaching, allowing in-depth learning and personalized attention that can help learners improve their grades. Docebo Learn LMS.

Pandemic Spurs Changes in the Edtech Schools Use, From the Classroom to the Admin Office

Edsurge

Home may be the new classroom, but instructional approaches are slower to change. And when learning remotely, 56 percent of teachers said student devices were Chromebooks, far and away outpacing tablets like iPads (16 percent) and other mobile computing devices.

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Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

Pros and cons of building a district-specific online platform. The online education movement has pushed K-12 schools and districts to rethink the way they develop and deliver content. No longer relegated to using textbooks as their core instructional materials, teachers look to their institutions for help selecting, aggregating, and then delivering relevant content to their pupils.

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?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers. Instructional design is experiencing a renaissance. As online course platforms proliferate, institutions of all shapes and sizes realize that they’ll need to translate content into digital forms. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. Share what you learned.

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29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? This may assist with mitigating learning loss.

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Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. The case for learning out loud extends beyond the development of effective communication skills.

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

. When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning. In the absence of answers to this question, it is too easy for teachers and administrators to become unwitting brand ambassadors for companies seeking to integrate their products into the classroom, regardless of impact on student learning and success. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Consortia as a Driver of Innovation

hem.digital

Written, 2016 In the late 90s -- during the "early years" of online higher education -- many colleges and universities didn't have the internal resources required to build, support and market online education. Some institutions saw fit to join online consortia; by pooling limited resources, each institution gained access to the resources they needed. Many consortia we reviewed continue to provide only the basic requirements of creating and supporting online courses.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. Among the new resources added to Discovery Education’s award-winning supplemental and digital textbooks are: All new Shark Week 2018 resources: Three new instructional resources from Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2018 are now live in the Science Techbook and featured in a curated content collection within Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

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Google Document URL Tricks

Learning in Hand

Preview links are good for newsletters, flyers, and instructional materials. If you'd like the PDF to display in the browser, you can use Google's online document viewer. Read more about this unique online learning opportunity for educators G Suite apps include Google Documents , Sheets , Slides , and Drawings. These apps can provide shareable links. Shareable links can be used for publishing a document or for collaboratively editing a document.

A little help from our academic friends: Five fine portals for instructional fodder

NeverEndingSearch

How about a few fresh strategies for energizing your information literacy instruction and preparing your secondary learners for their academic experience? A number of portals offer training and instruction for our students as well as a little retooling for us as professionals, all aligned with the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education , which, of course, resonate with our own AASL National School Library Standards.