Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience.
It is also among the most troublesome due to its subjectivity. What does it mean? What are its characteristics? Rigorous for whom? And more importantly, how can you use to promote understanding?
Barbara Blackburn, author of “Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word,” shared 5 “myths” concerning rigor, and they are indicative of the common misconceptions: that difficult, dry, academic, sink-or-swim learning is inherently rigorous.
How deep is your commitment to reflective practice?
Do you maintain a reflective journal? Do you blog? Do you capture and archive your reflections in a different space?
Do you consistently reserve a bit of time for your own reflective work? Do you help the learners you serve do the same?
I began creating dedicated time and space for reflection toward the end of my classroom teaching career, and the practice has followed me through my work at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio. I’ve found that it can take very little time and yet, the return on our investment has always been significant.
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It is difficult to maintain learner engagement in an online learning environment as compared to classroom training,. During classroom training, the trainer engages participants using anecdotes, stories, creating some scenarios or by sharing personal experiences. But, how do you engage learners in an online learning environment, where they are learning all by themselves?
This is where the instructional design plays a key role. Effective instructional design should be able to done the role of a class room trainer in a self-paced environment. As instructional designers, we need to keep learner’s engagement in mind when designing eLearning courses.
So, how can we design such courses? Well, here are 5 tips that help to design engaging eLearning courses for your learners.
Many school administrators, teachers and parents want the education provided to children to be high quality, rigorous and connected to the world outside the classroom. Teachers are trying to provide these elements in various ways, but a group of schools calling themselves the “Deeper Learning Network” have codified some of what they believe are essential qualities of deep learning (check out how students lead parent teacher conferences in this model).
Some of these qualities include learning designated content, critical thinking, communication skills, collaborating effectively and connecting learning to real-world experiences.
I LOVED this article...straight from the creative content user's toolbox. The best part: my Middle School Digital Artists are already chomping their way through the list, and now I have more great enrichment opportunities to keep them learning all year!
Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves. They involve an animated use of images, shapes, characters, sounds and voice-overs to create a clip. This form of video production has been very popular recently and is widely used by some leading educational YouTube channels such as TED Ed and RSA Animate. Creating a whiteboard animation video is no longer a graphic designer's job. There are actually several web tools that allow you to easily put together an animated video with as simple tools as drag and drop. As a teacher, you can use these animations to create and share tutorials, presentations, step by tsp guides, and many more. Below are three of my favourite tools I would recommend for you:
Looking for new ideas for how to use technology in your classroom in 2014? Looking for colleagues to inspire your practice? Ideas to help integrate technology into your lesson plans? Look no further. One of the things we love most about teaching in the age of technology is the ability it gives...
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