Collaborative Learning

10 formative assessment ideas for teachers – Education Article

Formative assessment is integral to effective teaching. It helps teachers to cater to different learners within a mixed-ability class, while also allowing pupils to understand their academic strengths and weaknesses. Because formative assessment is an essential part of the learning process, it’s vital that teachers have everything they need to make learning interesting, engaging, fun and successful. Helping to inspire you, here are ten formative assessment ideas – and a range of handy tools – for you to deploy in…

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An alternative approach to deep marking pupils’ work – Education Article

Despite developments in educational technology, which can improve efficiency, providing in-depth written feedback to pupils to help improve their performance is still valuable. But triple marking is hugely time-consuming. With a heavy workload cited by 40% of teachers as a reason they would quit the profession, and 62% of respondents (in a 2019 NEU poll) saying this is something they intend to do within the next five years, it pays to consider the alternatives. Helping to reduce the burden of…

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Collaboration in education: linking schools, teachers, parents and pupils – Education Article

In an ideal world, everyone within a school would work in harmony. But in reality, for a school leader, keeping everyone happy and on the same path is a careful balancing act. A silo mentality is one of the biggest barriers to educational success. Productivity, engagement and attainment can all suffer when different groups within a school don’t work collaboratively. In response, head teachers must have the mindset and the tools required to break such silos down. Greater collaboration between…

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How immediate is the impact of educational technology in the classroom? – Education Article

Educational technology (edtech) has the power to improve learning and retention. But, how soon you can expect to see results will depend on a whole range of factors. This includes your objectives, technology choices, the socioeconomic demographics of your school and its pupils, and how well any investment in new equipment is rolled out. Your objectives Schools are discovering how they can use the tools available to them to do things smarter. But, to assess the impact of technology in…

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How to get primary school parents on board with learning at home – Education Article

As a school leader, improving pupil attainment and achieving the strongest possible results is one of your key priorities. But achieving steady success year after year is far easier said than done. Every pupil is different from the next, with a specific style of learning and their own attitude towards education, not to mention their individual strengths and weaknesses. For this reason, it’s essential that your teachers are encouraged to develop lessons that engage every type of learner – and…

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Pedagogy and edtech: Does technology benefit all types of learners? – Education Article

Providing equally strong learning experiences for all pupils is a difficult task, especially in classes where abilities vary greatly, but it is part and parcel of teaching. Profiling and differentiating your pupils is a key step in overcoming this challenge, because it helps you identify the different types of learners and personalities that are present within your class – which then gives you a clearer idea of what you need to do to engage each and every pupil. But as…

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State of Technology in Education report: 2019/20 preview – Education Article

The 2019/20 State of Technology in Education report is now underway, with our annual survey once again out and gathering tech-related facts and opinions from educators across the UK. As we look ahead to this year’s findings, we’re also looking back at the previous three years’ reports, to see how the education technology (edtech) landscape has changed over that time period. Key patterns and shifts in edtech, 2016-2019 Strategic focus on attainment and results keeps increasing Just under two-thirds (64%)…

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How to keep your teachers SATs-happy – Education Article

As a school leader, you won’t need to be reminded that May is SATs month. These national tests, taken twice during a pupil’s primary school life, are fuelled with controversy. Many educators are concerned that young children are suffering from mental health issues and stress. Others argue, meanwhile, that SATs are an integral part of the education process, and will prepare students for formal assessments like GCSEs and A-levels. You may not, however, have considered how SATs can impact the…

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