According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2012 approximately 2.6 million students were enrolled in fully-online degree programs, while 5.5 million were taking at least one online course. For institutions to fully understand how to best serve this growing population, it is critical to understand who is studying online and what they are looking for in from their degree program.
Mind maps are invaluable tools for eLearning professionals who want to incorporate high impact visual elements into their deliverables, as well as for online facilitators who are looking for ways to offer more interactive and effective eLearning experiences. Thanks to the variety of free mind mapping tools available online today, virtually anyone, even those who may not have previous design experience, can benefit from the many advantages that these tools can offer.
September 6, 2014 Below are some valuable resources for ELL and ESL teachers. With these resources, you can find great ways to communicate more effectively, explore lessons, and be a great ELL teacher.
"So, how do we stretch ourselves, as educators, without losing our educational identity, or our minds for that matter? How can we improve without driving ourselves crazy, going numb, or unplugging completely?"
"On Tuesday 3rd June, we held our second professional learning day for the teachers involved in the iLearn 1-1 iPad project. This time our focus was particularly on the effective use of the iPad in the Numeracy Block. We were fortunate to have Melissa King join the presentation team. We had a great day. Some of the activities we engaged in are outlined:"
As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …
Can you imagine the level of first-hand knowledge today’s students would have if their classrooms came equipped with time machines? Well, believe it or not, they do. Teachers can turn to YouTube to create a virtual time machine. Thanks to uploads of old footage, documentaries and reenactments, YouTube offers a plethora of opportunities to experience …
While stress may be good for truly life or death situations, the same stress response makes learning difficult, as the stimulated senses are not those associated with deep learning.
Think about it this way: would you be able to memorize the times tables when you were being chased by a bear? Of course not. But while this may be obvious, the reasons why this is the case is more complex than you might expect.
At the end of 2013, General Assembly, a leader in 21st century education, and Pearson, one of the largest educational publishers in the world, approached each other about ways to collaborate in the education technology space. What emerged was a series of conferences in six cities across the globe,
Social media in the classroom – it is one of the most requested topics, most often emailed about, most popular posts and overall topics in general.
How to use Facebook in the classroom. How to use Twitter to boost your professional development. How to use Instagram in the classroom. All great topics – but we shouldn’t forget that the administrative end of schools can also put social media to good use – and they often are!
Ivo Nový's insight:
The infographic below takes a look at colleges and universities that are using social media, and shows how they’re using it. Keep reading to learn more.
You connect educators so that they can share tools, tips and tricks, offer insight, and support one another. You bring your sexy social media-ness into the classroom to keep kids interested in what they’re learning when they think they’re actually (sort of) having fun instead.
That said, there are still skeptics. How can 140 characters be so effective? Does anyone even care what I have to say? How do teachers really use it?
Gamification is one of the buzzwords in education right now, and for a good reason: Gamification is empowering, exciting, and under the right circumstances can be the disruptive innovator many teachers desperately need in order to change the dynamics between knowledge and the learner.
Initially, reading and learning was easy. Each morning, I skimmed 2-3 blogs to see what might be new. However, as my reading list expanded, I needed a better system.
First, I subscribed to blogs by email. However, 30 messages a day was far from manageable. Rather than visit each blog individually or wade through dozens of emails, I wanted content pushed to me on one screen so that I could focus on reading rather than searching.
I needed an RSS Reader -- a tool that would automatically aggregate new content in one place.