Digital Learning

Parents Overwhelmingly Support Educators During Pandemic – Education Article

Arizona students show appreciation for their teachers during a neighborhood parade in Yuma on April 15. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP) When the coronavirus pandemic forced school buildings across the country to close the doors in March, educators reacted quickly, not only to continue students’ education, but help them stay fed, supported and healthy. Teachers moved their classes online, cafeteria workers are preparing and distributing meals at grab-and-go stations, and school nurses are volunteering at hospitals and conducting virtual…

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New ideas to grow tomorrow’s critical thinkers & problem-solvers – Education Article

Thick skin in junior english class Matthew Ventura, Ph.D., recalls a high school English teacher who taught him a hard but important lesson. “Mr. Davidson was really tough,” he says. “He felt no shame ripping apart our essays.” Matthew is Director of Knowledge and Skills at Pearson, whose career path is rooted, in part, from those days in Mr. Davidson’s class. “Despite the criticism, he spent so much time giving us detailed feedback,” Matthew says. “It really affected me.” “Not…

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The Virtues of Teaching Middle School Online – Education Article

By Laurie Lichtenstein I like a good intellectual and creative challenge. But when my school closed last week and my principal said, “This is an exciting adventure!” I gave him a half smile and a silent eye roll. This was not the particular kind of challenge I was looking for at this particular juncture. Yet this is exactly where I found myself when my district, along with thousands of others across the nation, shut their doors to help flatten the…

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5 tips for being a leader in the virtual world – Education Article

Being a leader can be challenging at the best of times, but even more so in a crisis situation like the current pandemic. But how do you lead well when you can’t physically meet with the people you are leading? Here are our tips for effective leadership in a virtual world. 1. Focus on inspiration and motivation, rather than just managing or controlling Motivating and inspiring leadership strategies are especially important when leading virtually because we lack many social cues…

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A guide to getting your face-to-face course online quickly – Education Article

Under different circumstances, creating an online course from the ground up using online learning best practices would take considerable time and effort. Given this current unprecedented situation, we understand that your immediate concern is likely simply ensuring that your face-to-face course can be converted rapidly for online delivery. Based on our experience working with faculty to develop and build effective online courses, we’ve developed a practical, step-by-step guide to creating a functional online course in your campus Learning Management System…

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Helping students develop proper internet etiquette – Education Article

If you enjoyed Downton Abbey as much as me, you might think of etiquette as knowing how to set a table worthy of a stately dinner. But that kind of etiquette might not be so useful in an online course, unless we’re studying the Edwardian era! In the context of online teaching and learning, it’s more appropriate to think about the etiquette involved in engaging others in conversations and providing guidelines for smartphone use than how to handle a dinner…

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Deterring cheating in an online course – Education Article

Cheating isn’t new. Many students do it, and in many different ways. As courses move to online environments, we might wonder if the lack of the instructor in the classroom makes it more likely cheating will happen. Technology certainly changes how students cheat. A 2017 study by Kessler International reported that 76 percent of surveyed students said they had copied text from someone else’s assignments. Slightly more (79 percent) admitted to plagiarism from internet sources. Around 72 percent said they’d…

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My professor moved our classes online. Now what? – Education Article

Colleges and universities across the country are halting study abroad programs, asking students to leave their dorms, and cancelling in-person classes, telling professors to move them online. It’s leaving thousands of students figuring out how to continue their semester remotely. You probably aren’t totally new to online learning, but this may be the first that it’s truly full time. Here is some helpful advice to make the transition a little easier: Set a schedule to manage your time You may…

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Tips for moving a class online quickly – Education Article

Are you moving your traditional class online and need to do so quickly? You might be feeling a little overwhelmed and not sure where to begin. Take solace in the fact that many have done this before you and there is a plethora of information available to assist you. If you start by answering these few questions, it will put you on a pathway to success as you design and implement your online course. Don’t forget that you should always…

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Classroom engagement: A New Year’s goal checked off – Education Article

I attended college in an age of lectures. You know the student lecture mode. You go to class, listen to your professor lecture for an hour or more, frantically take notes, and then hope you can make some sense of those notes while trying to do your homework. When I became a professor, I didn’t know much else to offer. Group work was popular, so I did incorporate group work assignments, usually as a review activity before an exam. My…

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Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks For Future Ready Classrooms – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Technology impacts every aspect of our students’ lives and will continue to play an important role in their lives. Teachers who integrate technology effectively help their students realize the potential we have to transform the world with our use of technology. They inspire their students to innovate, create, collaborate, and problem-solve with technology. They also encourage students to reflect on the ethical issues that arise, such as fake news, proper attribution,…

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How to design a course backwards – Education Article

Being assigned a new course can fill a professor’s heart with joy, dread, or a bit of both.  The joy can come from the excitement of being able to create something new; to put into use all the techniques and technology that you have learned about and exercising the academic freedom that you may have been denied teaching courses designed by others.  Some may dread it because of the daunting amount of work necessary to design and implement a new…

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Making students responsible for their learning – Education Article

Many of you have had this kind of email from a student: “I am not sure why I got a 78% on the assignment. I followed the instructions correctly and yet the MyLab product graded it wrong. Why did I get these questions wrong? I think something is wrong with the MyLab or Mastering Product. I need you to look at this now and change my grade.” Many students will blame the system or something external instead of looking at…

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Successful design strategies for online courses – Education Article

In order for an online course to be successful, one must first divorce their thinking from the traditional face-to-face classroom, and consider several key components of the online course experience. Let’s focus on the big items… Lecture videos  One of the most natural starting places for creating an online course is the lecture. This can of course take many forms. The lazy alternative is to simply tell students to read the chapter, but this is, as one might expect, unfair…

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Using screencasting for student feedback – Education Article

Here is a scenario that I am sure most of you have experienced in your teaching career: Sam is one of your students in your course and is having some issues with one of the assignments. He sends you an email asking for help. You respond with what you think is a detailed answer. Sam responds and asks more questions. You then respond again spending more time and energy typing another detailed answer. Unfortunately, Sam emails again still not understanding…

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A Winning Combination for Assistive Learning – Education Article

I am a huge fan of Buncee. The following is a guest post by Rachelle Dene Poth (@Rdene915), Spanish and STEAM Teacher at Riverview High School in PA. For several years, Buncee has been one of my favorite creation tools; both for personal use and for classroom instruction. While there are many digital tools to choose from when it comes to teaching and having our students create, Buncee’s versatility and ease-of-use make it a go-to tool for all creative needs.…

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