Learning

End of the Year Exit Ticket: Evaluating Online Learning – Education Article

As the year comes to a close, I encourage teachers to take a moment and collect feedback from students about their experiences learning online in the last few months. We do not know what fall 2020 will look like–in person, online, or a combination of both. I think it’s likely that schools will begin the year online or adopt a blended learning model that allows for fewer students on campus at one time. Either way, it will be helpful for…

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Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. These platforms…

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Outdoor learning grows in Scotland as grasp of benefits takes root | Education

On a bright spring morning, the air is crisp as an apple and the children of Lauriston Castle forest kindergarten are inventing muddy meals at their imaginary cafe. This woodland, north-west of Edinburgh city centre, has become an outdoor classroom for the day, with waterproofs and lunch boxes clustered around the lower branches of the trees. A black labrador liberates himself from his owner and charges through the sunny glade, to the youngsters’ delight. But unexpected connections are all part…

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‘I can’t get motivated’: the students struggling with online learning | Education

Loretta Charles-Cregan, an 18-year-old A-level student, considers herself lucky because her school gave her a laptop to help her do her GCSEs when she was made temporarily homeless after her house flooded. “It’s the only reason I can do my work now,” she says. “It was a blessing in disguise.” Many students from low-income families like Charles-Cregan’s lack the basic technology they need to study online, including access to a laptop and a reliable broadband connection, along with a quiet…

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The Ultimate Guide to Choice Boards and Learning Menus – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Note: I’ve broken this guide into three distinct parts. All of the resources shared in the examples section can be accessed for free, including those I used from NextLesson when you sign-up for a one-month trial. Other free resources are shared on my Remote Learning Hub. Please share your examples and resources in the comments! Part 1: Why Choice Boards? Why Now in Emergency Remote Learning? Part 2: Step-by-Step Process for Developing Your First Choice Board Part 3: Examples…

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Online learning: how to acquire new skills during lockdown | Education

For many of us in self-isolation, it can feel like the coronavirus has put the world on hold as we wait for release from our temporary imprisonment. But increasing numbers of people are using the time to build their skillset, with an upsurge in enrolments on online learning platforms such as edX, FutureLearn and Coursera, which offer “massive open online courses” – or Moocs. Coursera, for instance, has seen an eightfold increase in enrolments for social science, personal development, arts…

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Don’t turn your home into school … the Lego professor of play on lockdown learning | Education

Learning at home does not have to look like school and probably shouldn’t, says Britain’s first play professor. With coronavirus closures offering opportunities for home learning, and many parents more on hand during the lockdown, play can come into its own, says Paul Ramchandani, Lego professor of play at the University of Cambridge. A parent’s ability to notice, interpret and respond well to a young child’s attempt to communicate can positively affect development, he says. And fathers can also play…

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This is not online or distance learning – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I messed up. For the first few weeks of our current situation, I’ve been referring to what teachers, schools, families and kids are going through as “online learning” or “distance learning” or “virtual learning” (note: you can see this verbiage in the resources I’ve curated) While we are all doing some of that online/distance/virtual learning right now, it is not what this should be called. This is emergency remote learning. It was not planned for. Most school’s curriculum was…

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Instead of rote learning useless facts, children should be taught wellbeing | Alice O’Keeffe | Opinion

In his treatise on the future of humanity, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the philosopher-historian Yuval Noah Harari offers the young people of today some advice. In order to survive and thrive in adulthood, they should not rely on traditional academic skills such as solving equations or learning computer code. These will soon become obsolete in a world in which computers can perform such techniques more quickly and accurately than humans. All information-based jobs, in fields as diverse as…

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Help Students Soar! Social and Emotional Learning Resources – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! We want to inspire our students to transform the world with their ideas, creativity, and knowledge. Innovation is a difficult journey. The greatest inventions that transformed the world took thousands of attempts and years of frustration and problem-solving. Many students want to give up after one attempt at a solution. They need a lot of support to develop the determination and perseverance to understand that each attempt helps us understand a…

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As white sports lecturers, we’re learning how to make our classroom less racist | Michael Hobson and Stuart Whigham | Education

We write this piece as two white academics, privileged to gain our posts as lecturers. We both predominantly teach sports sociology and regularly discuss the topic of racial discrimination in sport, drawing on the experiences of star athletes such as Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick and Raheem Sterling. We welcome the fact that these discussions are happening, but question whether this has made universities more inclusive spaces for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students. We’ve realised that when discussions of…

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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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What Does Blended Learning Look Like in an AP Class? – Education Article

Can teachers who are teaching an AP course use blended learning models and cover the extensive curriculum? I get asked this question frequently as a blended learning coach. My answer is a resounding “Yes!” In this guest post, Cori Schwarzrock shares her experience using blended learning models in her AP psychology course. Over the past few years, I have been involved in the implementation of blended learning in my district. I teach AP Psychology, blended and traditional, at a high…

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Learning foreign languages should be compulsory, says report | Education

Learning a new language should be compulsory for pupils up to the age of 16, according to a new report highlighting the UK’s recent abysmal record in encouraging young people to study languages other than English. The report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) cites an EU-wide survey showing that just 32% of young people in the UK say they are able to read or write in more than one language, compared with 79% of their peers in…

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Document Learning in a Digital Portfolio – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Digital portfolios are powerful learning tools for students of all ages. A digital portfolio allows students to upload and keep a record of work over time and share this work with family members and school staff regularly. When students regularly look back and reflect on their work they are able to see what they have accomplished and set goals for improvement. In this way portfolios facilitate ownership of learning, goal-setting, and…

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What Project-Based Learning Looks Like In A Middle School Classroom – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My first full year of teaching was as an eighth-grade language arts teacher. It was my dream job at the time. I loved the energy of middle school students, and I was still taller than most of them (that changed towards the end of the school year!). My situation was even better than expected because our MS teams had two language arts teachers, and I taught three 85-minute blocks, instead of five 40-minute blocks. Although this was more “time”…

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