Diversity & inclusion in the online classroom – Education Article

Your faculty meeting starts, and one of the key items on the agenda is a focused discussion about cultural diversity and inclusion in online courses. Of course, you must also consider curricular content, pedagogy, accessibility and universal design, and their impacts on education. All of these affect your students’ learning, motivation, and satisfaction in a course. Where do we even begin with this discussion? Why explore diversity in our courses? Researchers agree it can promote student growth and reflection. In…

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Gotta get gritty | Pearson Blog – Education Article

When you read the title of this blog, you might have thought of sand right away. Blue skies, fluffy clouds, ocean waves….a cooler with sandwiches, a good book… Well, beach time IS a wonderful thing, but it’s not what I’m referring to here. Nor are we going to discuss the beach towels that shake off sand the best (again, a good thing!). For today, we aren’t thinking of sand as our grit. Instead, our definition of grit is “courage and…

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Free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” – Education Article

Elementary educators looking for a free resource to teach students about the Coronavirus and COVID-19 will have help from a zany book character named Mrs. Can. Thanks to a grant from Northwestern University and its Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research, a free download of “The Class That Can: Coronavirus” will be available to teachers nationwide, along with a virtual resource to libraries and school systems by request. The book features third graders from a fictional “Class That Can”…

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Helping students cope and thrive in uncertain times – Education Article

Strolling with her toddler in the suburb of a large city impacted by the pandemic, a professor friend reminisced about ‘normal’ life for herself and her daughter. She missed her days at the college, and for her child, the nurturing day care center. For at both places, they found connections, meaning, and comfort. My friend longed for her office, her classroom, and the physical presence of her students. She missed the mental challenge of being asked pointed and intelligent questions…

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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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Adventures in Online Teaching: Reinventing the Wheel for a Handful of Students – Education Article

 Today in our ZOOM meeting, one of my students tried to get one over on me.   I sat at the bureau in my guest bedroom, surveying a gallery of 7th grade faces lined up in little boxes on my laptop like the opening scene of the Brady Bunch.   Lilly was lying on her bed face up, almost definitely scrolling on her cell phone.   Pha’rrel was eating a cookie as he tried to fit his overgrown curls under…

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Teacher self-care: Tips for working from home – Education Article

Online teaching has gone viral! COVID-19 is causing teachers, who never thought they’d teach this way, to dive right into unchartered territory. Learning how to use technology to deliver content and evaluate students’ mastery of course principles is happening–almost overnight—and often without much guidance for instructors. Faculty are often working more hours than they can count, trying to quickly ramp up so their students have little disruption in their learning. Creating online learning environments is daunting, even for seasoned online…

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Teaching online during shortened summer terms – Education Article

Are you having to transition teaching your traditional face-to-face summer class to an online environment? This can be a daunting task with a full 16-week semester, let alone for a super short 5-week mini-mester! Compound that with the fact that you may not have taught online previously, and this could easily intimidate even the most seasoned instructor. Have no fear! Many have traversed this path before you and come out successful—you can, too! Summer courses are short, rigorous, but can…

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Moving labs out of the laboratory to a virtual environment – Education Article

When teaching a science class, we often use experiences in the lab to foster critical thinking skills and reinforce the concepts we introduce in lectures. But with campuses closed, students cannot access the lab. So what do you do? Is it better to forget about labs at all, or is there value in online or hands-on at home methods? This is what one study published by the Journal of Formative Design in Learning tells us. Don’t ditch labs Students who…

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The ULTIMATE Trivia List For Kids – Education Article

Trivia questions for kids is a fun activity for the entire family. It keeps kids occupied on road trips, holidays, and on cold, winter days, especially if it is fun quiz questions that are entertaining too. Quizzes for kids are interactive ways to test kids’ knowledge in the classroom in an engaging manner.  Even the shy students may be challenged to a friendly competition to show their knowledge and understanding of a topic. Here is a list of questions, some…

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Help! I’m testing online for the first time – Education Article

Technology has really changed the way we teach. It doesn’t seem that long ago that my classes brought their paperback workbooks to class; they tore out review pages and turned them in for grading. They brought notebooks to take notes in, and we gave paper/pencil tests. Now? They can use e-books on a tablet. They access assignments on their phones. Course materials can be available with one click, anytime, anywhere. But those changes don’t all happen overnight. They take time…

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5 ideas for taking active learning online – Education Article

When students are actively learning, they are making connections to their own lives, questioning, and collaborating, which we know leads to more significant, durable learning outcomes. In the classroom, we deliberately plan learning activities and discussion to engage learners and keep them active. We stay alert during class to pick up on cues that learners are tuning out or struggling so we can pivot and improvise as needed. One of the toughest adjustments to teaching online is that we lose…

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Tips for moving exams online – Education Article

Your assessment plans, just like all your other learning plans, have probably been suddenly disrupted during this crisis. And, due to family responsibilities, or anxiety, your students may not have the time or ability to concentrate on full length exams like they would typically be able to in a classroom setting. But all is not lost. As you know, the goal of giving an exam is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit. If there are…

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How faculty can spot and support struggling online students – Education Article

Online education has been a vital part of higher education for many years, but with the current COVID-19 pandemic, many faculty and students are experiencing this for the first time. As with any method of delivery, online education has its advantages, as well as its own challenges. Both faculty and students can save time by meeting online instead of commuting to a physical classroom. Having course materials and various learning activities posted online provides students with more flexibility on both…

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Free computer programming courses | eSchool News – Education Article

DataCamp for the Classroom offers free access to data science and analytics educators across the globe to all DataCamp content. This includes a growing library of 325+ courses in Python, R, SQL, and other technologies. To date, DataCamp has helped over 200,000 students and teachers from 180 countries build data skills. This delivers on its mission for democratizing data science and analytics education around the world. For more information visit DataCamp for the Classroom This is only a snippet of…

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Virtual Learning Through Quarantine Will Leave Poor and Disabled Students Behind – Education Article

    In the wake of the coronavirus crisis with most people self quarantined at home, schools across the country are shut down.   Some offer (or are considering offering) distance learning over the Internet.   However, this poses problems.   Not all student services can be provided via computer.   And not all students even have a computer, online compatible device or Internet access.   Should our nation’s public schools soldier on anyway and provide some kind of learning…

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