Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.
"If you are going to use the tablets with students, be prepared to move and engage a lot. Tablet-learning requires a lot of energy on the part of the teacher and a high level of engagement and interaction with students."
Since it is a less radical departure from what students and parents expect, there’s less stress and uncertainty. If you fear that students may not have access to video lectures or get distracted from learning while on their own time, then teacher resources and equipment available in most schools solve this logistics problem. Wealth and home situation do not become a barrier to learning.
Revamping a course to be accessible to students with physical or learning disabilities can help make it more accessible to everybody else too.
Blended learning typically involves an element of student control over when, where and how learning takes place. But what happens if a student isn't very good with "self-direction, self-pacing and self-motivation"?
As Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, a senior academic researcher and associate professor at Landmark College in Vermont, expressed it, those are "critical areas of weakness" for students with learning disabilities — and they can be problems for mainstream students as well.
As we are preparing to welcome our students back to school, many teachers are dusting off well-worn "ice breakers" for that first day. From "tell us about your summer" to "set some goals for the new year" we all have our go-to toolkit of new year prompts and games. But what about those with some tech to spice up this welcome? Here are 5 back-to-school digital ice breakers to ring in the new year with gusto:
But technology may be able to help. This list, for example. We’ve offered ideas in the past to helpteachers save time, but those can only do so much. As can these apps, but every little bit helps, yes? Your workload, grade level, school climate, personal organizational habits–even beliefs about what a teacher is supposed to be and do all matter more than an app, but if you’re mobile and connected, you at least have a chance.
From RSS readers to social readers to to-do lists to calendar apps to note-taking and cloud-based document editing and more, this list has to have something that can improve the efficiency of what you do.
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, getting the school year off to a good start can influence your children’s confidence, attitude, and social and academic performance. But, making things run smoothly is easier said than done for parents facing the difficult transition between August and September and children adjusting to the pressures of the upcoming school year.
Number One: Do what you can to ensure that your child is in good physical and mental health.
Written by Professors Linda Darling-Hammond and Shelley Goldman at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and doctoral student Molly B. Zielezinski, the report is based on a review of more than 70 recent research studies and provides concrete examples of classroom environments in which technology has made a positive difference in the learning outcomes of students at risk of failing courses and dropping out.
This report "underscores that replacing teachers with technology is not a successful formula. Instead, strong gains in achievement occur by pairing technology with classroom teachers who provide real-time support and encouragement to underserved students.”
"Kids today with their selfies and their Snapchats and their love of literature.
Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study out today from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the younger set. Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans."
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.
"Every successful educational initiative of which I’m aware aims at strengthening personal bonds by building strong systems of support in the schools." - UC-Berkeley Prof. David L. Kirp, writing in the New York Times.
Technical issues with devices can be a headache, so setting some ground rules for device management helps mitigate some hiccups. Mills recommends making it clear that it is students’ responsibility to bring their device to school charged and ready to go. Designating a spot on student desks or tables where devices go when they aren’t being used for a specific assignment is also a great way to deter students from succumbing to distraction.