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IS COURSE CUSTOMIZATION THE FUTURE OF TEACHING TECHNOLOGY?

IS COURSE CUSTOMIZATION THE FUTURE OF TEACHING TECHNOLOGY? | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

The company’s software will now allow educators to completely customize standard courses, “rearrange, add and delete content including assignments…and search curriculum by topic and standard.” There are more changes, like the creation of search engines that give educators the unique ability to search and save content, as well. More than anything, this shows how nimble and proactive Odysseyware is being to a rapidly evolving education environment.

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Tools that students can use to write better essays

Tools that students can use to write better essays | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

Kathy Livingston’s site is a valuable source of information for education, homeschooling, and social issues. The Guide to Writing a Basic Essay is a good place for your students to start building their foundational skills in academic writing. On this page, you will find links to several writing, grammar, bibliography, and editing resources.

You can explore the page to find recommendations on how to teach essay writing, but you can also suggest it to your students, since it will answer most questions they have about the process.

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SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVISM IN EDUCATION

SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVISM IN EDUCATION | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

In order to apply social constructivism theories in the education arena, teachers and school leaders need to shift and reshape their perspectives. Both must move from being “people who teach” to being “facilitators of learning.” A good constructivist teacher is one who questions students’ answers, without regard to whether they are right or wrong, to make sure the student has a good grasp of the concept. Additionally, instructors should have their students explain the answers they give and not allow students to use words or equations without explanations.

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DIVERSE CONVERSATIONS: THE BENEFITS OF AN ONLINE EDUCATION

DIVERSE CONVERSATIONS: THE BENEFITS OF AN ONLINE EDUCATION | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, the number of online colleges and universities has grown exponentially. This has led to many debates over the efficacy and overall benefits of an online education. I recently sat down with Dr. John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College, to discuss “The Benefits of an Online Education.” In his 25-year career in higher education, Dr. Ebersole’s personal experience as a post-traditional student has informed his approach to adult education. Without further ado, let’s begin the interview.

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HOW TO MAKE MATH LEARNING FUN — AND EFFECTIVE

HOW TO MAKE MATH LEARNING FUN — AND EFFECTIVE | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

In April I had the chance to learn about Mathbreakers, a virtual math playground that starts with topics as basic as counting and advances through complicated subjects like Calculus. Instead of handing students worksheet-style problems through digital means, Mathbreakers uses action adventure role-playing to give students a fun, yet calculated, gaming environment that puts math at the center. As classrooms become even more gamified, Mathbreakers is a leader in making those concepts effective ones with real-world applications.

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HOW MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL LEARNING

HOW MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL LEARNING | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

The mobilization of learning technology lifts traditional barriers to travel study. Virtual classrooms, digital textbooks, and especially responsive assessments and learning applications have a natural fit in the online learning environment. The pedagogical instruments of the past are anachronistic in this new learning environment; so, too, should the tethers that bind students to classrooms and campuses be cut. The biggest problem in empowering online students to study abroad is overcoming their sense that “a year abroad” still means “a year away.” 

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DO GAMIFIED LANGUAGE LEARNING APPS WORK?

DO GAMIFIED LANGUAGE LEARNING APPS WORK? | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

Gamified language learning applications are enjoying millions of downloads, and a certain degree of popular prestige, with Duolingo being named Apple’s app of the year for 2013. These apps use points systems, power ups and other game mechanics to make the memorization of foreign vocabulary and grammar rules more engaging and exciting, but are they able to make students proficient in their target language? Thier effectiveness is the subject of debate, but their enjoyability, as demonstrated by their popularity, is undeniable.

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K-12 TECHNOLOGY: BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS

K-12 TECHNOLOGY: BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

The truth is that the face of K-12 education is in a constant state of change. Educators that have been in the field for several decades may notice that the speed at which changes in methodology and student population are taking place is on a high-speed course compared to the past. Many factors play into this but none as strongly as technological advancements. The Internet, wireless devices and improvements in communication all heighten the immediacy of information both within and without the classroom.

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3 LEADERSHIP STYLES SIMILAR TO TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP

3 LEADERSHIP STYLES SIMILAR TO TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

Transformational and transactional leadership are different, but can complement each other occasionally, depending on circumstances. The combination of transactional and transformational leadership is best. Though it may be easy to augment transactional relationships, it is not possible to replace it with transformational leadership, since transactional leadership is also an effective motivation technique. A transformational leader who fails to charm his or her followers will often resort to transactional leadership.

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6 GRADUATE DEGREES WITH A QUICK PAYOFF

6 GRADUATE DEGREES WITH A QUICK PAYOFF | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

As more companies go global, they need employees who can meet and negotiate with customers from around the world. A graduate degree in international business also gives you the background to start your own global company. This degree brings with it an average salary of $101,000 per year.

 

Graduate school can be very expensive and take years to pay off. These six graduate degrees are a few of the smart choices in degrees that can pay themselves off in a shorter amount of time. Before jumping into one of these programs, plan out a career path for you to follow along the way to help keep you on track to landing that career you desire.

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WHY THE US EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FAILING

WHY THE US EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FAILING | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

While colleges and universities seem to implement new practices, policies and technologies at a fast pace, K-12 institutions are relatively sluggish. This is not only a disservice to students, but also problematic for the economy at large. Better access to top-notch education starts before Kindergarten – not after a high school diploma has been earned. In the final part of my series, I continue to examine the problems hindering the US education system from being all that it can be.

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5 LEADERSHIP STYLES THAT CAN TRANSFORM EDUCATION AS WE KNOW IT

5 LEADERSHIP STYLES THAT CAN TRANSFORM EDUCATION AS WE KNOW IT | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

There are a few leadership styles, such as transformational leadership, that are a part of a cultural movement toward considering the role of emotions in motivating people. However, the present focus on distributed leadership has a slightly different focus, one that is geared toward the weakening of traditional logic. Organized social structure, as a result, has given way to a “network culture.”

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SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF ONLINE COURSE DESIGN

SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF ONLINE COURSE DESIGN | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

Over the years, I’ve seen certain design issues surface again and again. I had hoped to stockpile 95 of these “course design sins,” then nail them to a door in a Martin Luther-esque call for reform. That vision was later revised as I realized (A) 95 is a lot of sins to identify and (B) Martin Luther didn’t have to compete with the latest Buzzfeed list of 15 dogs wearing tiny hats.

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IS COURSE CUSTOMIZATION THE FUTURE OF TEACHING TECHNOLOGY?

IS COURSE CUSTOMIZATION THE FUTURE OF TEACHING TECHNOLOGY? | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

The company’s software will now allow educators to completely customize standard courses, “rearrange, add and delete content including assignments…and search curriculum by topic and standard.” There are more changes, like the creation of search engines that give educators the unique ability to search and save content, as well. More than anything, this shows how nimble and proactive Odysseyware is being to a rapidly evolving education environment.

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DO GAMIFIED LANGUAGE LEARNING APPS WORK?

DO GAMIFIED LANGUAGE LEARNING APPS WORK? | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

Gamified language learning applications are enjoying millions of downloads, and a certain degree of popular prestige, with Duolingo being named Apple’s app of the year for 2013. These apps use points systems, power ups and other game mechanics to make the memorization of foreign vocabulary and grammar rules more engaging and exciting, but are they able to make students proficient in their target language? Thier effectiveness is the subject of debate, but their enjoyability, as demonstrated by their popularity, is undeniable.

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CLEARWATER CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN FLORIDA SET TO CLOSE

CLEARWATER CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN FLORIDA SET TO CLOSE | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

The school has a small enrollment of just about 500 students, so it isn’t a large college. But due to “declining enrollment, increased debt and lack of a sizable endowment” the school was forced to close. This follows the closure, or at least potential closure, of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The difference in the two schools is that millions has been raised to keep Sweet Briar open and a recent court decision has stayed the order of closure for the moment.

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3 SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE EQUITY IN K-12 LEARNING

3 SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE EQUITY IN K-12 LEARNING | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

School systems need to have an approach for analyzing findings about recommended shifts in learning approaches and objectives. These approaches should be designed to help teachers and administrators understand not just what they have to avoid but also what it is that they can do to achieve optimal equity moving forward. This will take massive amounts of data that will need to be centrally collected, understood, and used to improve equity in all K-12 public schools.

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6 FACTS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT STUDENT LOANS AND COLLEGE DEBT

6 FACTS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT STUDENT LOANS AND COLLEGE DEBT | THE EDVOCATE | Scoop.it

According to a new study via Gallup.com, college graduates “who took on the highest amounts of student debt, $50,000 or more, are less likely than their fellow graduates who did not borrow for college to be thriving in four of five elements of well-being: purpose, financial, community, and physical.”

 

Student loan debt now outweighs credit card debt and has surpassed $1 trillion. With wage growth still stagnant and many individuals going without full employment, this will mean more health issues and many former graduates with void savings accounts as well.

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