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BYOD can be a great way of ensuring your classroom has useable technology whether your district or school is providing it. While there is a lot of grey area in terms of how BYOD can work, many schools and teachers are employing it as their means of getting more technology in their classrooms. (You can see ten great examples of classrooms that have tried out BYOD and how they fared here).
So what are some of the advantages and drawbacks of employing a BYOD program in your school or classroom? The handy infographic below takes a look at what they call ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly, and poses six important questions to ask to ensure that a BYOD program will work well for your institution. While the graphic is geared towards businesses, the same ideas hold true for schools and classrooms.
Ever heard of professional mourners? Teachers in Kisii region have mastered the art. At least one day of learning is lost every week in schools across the counties of Kisii and Nyamira as tutors attend funerals.
With the rise of the blended learning model of education, video is becoming an increasingly important medium for instruction. The essential components of blended learning - such as flipped classrooms, MOOCs and “Bring Your Own Device” programs - are facilitated by video instruction to ensure the personalization and flexibility of a digitized education system.
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Misconceptions seem to creep into every element of college admissions. From the importance of standardized test scores to the best admission essay tactics, myths float around the whole process. Whereas in some ways college admission is mysterious, in many other ways it’s predictable and misconceptions can be easily debunked.
Here are three misconceptions students have about getting into college and why they’re off.
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Schools are open and thankfully there is now no talk of an impending strike. The government and the teachers’ unions have come to some truce and everything appears to be back to normal. This, however, is a misleading impression because in reality, the Kenya public primary schools system is in a fairly bad state and the heavy investment is not yielding commensurate returns. A rethinking of the delivery of public education is of urgent concern and demands the attention of highest level of leadership.
Impersonation during national examinations will soon be a thing of the past as Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) intends to start identifying candidates through a biometric system. Knec Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga said the Council would use some of the laptops to be distributed to Standard One pupils from next year January to implement their ICT plan.
There are probably hundreds of different ways to use Facebook in your classroom. We’ve written about a number of them, and we know that a lot of educators out there are using the tool for everything from classroom projects to keeping in touch with parents. But before you jump into using a social media tool that’s made for sharing, it is important to take a look at some considerations. Understanding things like social media privacy concerns and potential issues can help you ensure that you’re leading your students into an online safe space. Helping your studentsunderstand their digital footprint is a big one, too.
You don’t need an infographic to tell you that your students (and probably most of your friends, colleagues, and family members) have their nose pointed towards a screen more often than not. While I’m definitely not above chastising my dinner mates for getting too cosy with their phone instead of interacting with everyone at the table, I wouldn’t necessarily transfer that same open shaming technique to a classroom. Studies show that so much of our daily media interactions are screen based – 90%, in fact. So while your inclination may be to have students focusing on one thing at a time to make sure they’re getting all they need to out of an activity, maybe you should think again.
By all accounts, Google Glass is a pretty awesome innovation. While there are definitely haters out there (mainly hating in the realm of understandable privacy concerns), most people I know would be pretty excited to get their hands on a pair (or a few!). Especially teachers – there are a ton of cool ways to use Google Glass for education, and we’ve seen some pretty interesting things thatsome teachers are already doing with this nifty little gadget.
So how would you go about using Google Glass in your classroom? The possibilities are basically endless, but this handy infographic offers 30 different ways for you to try out. Keep reading to learn more.
Researchers have recommended more time between teachers and pupils to improve learning.
A team of researchers has recommended for more time between teachers and pupils as a way of improving the ability of pupils to read and do math from an early stage in school.
In a an report released on Monday, the Kenya Primary Math Reading Initiative (PRIMR), the scholars have argued that the current system of teaching makes it difficult for pupils to grasp reading because the teacher spends the entire lesson on a single subject.
In most parts of the country, pupils seeking education have only to enroll in the school nearest to them, one that fulfills their expectations. In Northern Kenya, mobile schools have drastically changed nomadic communities' views of secular education. Mobile schools, equipped by a trained pre-school teacher from the community, ensure that children learn how to read and write. NTV's Rose Wangui visited one such school in Bubisa, Marsabit County.
A major new study has found that new students at Northwestern University learn more when their instructors are adjuncts than when they are tenure-track professors.
The study -- released this morning by the National Bureau of Economic Research (abstract available here) -- found that the gains are greatest for the students with the weakest academic preparation. And the study found that the gains extended across a wide range of disciplines. The authors of the study suggest that by looking at measures of student learning, and not just course or program completion, their work may provide a significant advance in understanding the impact of non-tenure-track instructors.
If you haven’t taken an online course yourself, have you ever wondered what online learning is really like? While the online learning platforms used from school to school may differ slightly, online learning offers more than what most people would think. The handy infographic below takes a look at some of the common myths about online learning, following them up with a more accurate representation, as well as some of the things that online learning offers students, regardless of age or the subject that they’re studying.
Online learning has been increasing exponentially over the last decade. In fall 2010, more than 6.1 million students in the United States took at least one online class, representing a 10.1 percent increase over the year before. In comparison, traditional college learning (also called “brick-and-mortar” courses, in which the professor and students meet face-to-face) grew much slower; that same semester (fall 2010) saw an increase of just .6 percent over the year before.