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More Make Your Classroom More Like a Playground Than a Playpen Using âHard Funâ × × Voices | Make Your Classroom More Like a Playground Than a Playpen Using âHard Funâ By Jan 8, 2019 Every educator knows that children, especially those 4 to 7, . Harnessing that power for classroom learning can be tricky, though. Teachers may, for example, hesitate to let go of control and allow students to follow their own learning paths; they may worry that the learning that takes place during play will be .
More Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educatorsâ Outcry × × Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educatorsâ Outcry By Jan 16, 2019 This story has been updated with new statements from both companies. After an outcry from educators on social media, along with countless phone calls to Verizon customer service, the telecommunications company says it will not enforce the 11-fold fee increase that was , a messaging service used widely by teachers and parents in the U.
More Here's What Happened When Students Solved Social Media Problems With... × × Voices | Here's What Happened When Students Solved Social Media Problems With Design Thinking By Jan 16, 2019 A few weeks ago, Aaron, a student in my high school elective class, mentioned he didnât use social media very often. Iâll admit I was a little skeptical at first. When I followed up, he told the class he found the ads distractingâand said he ended up buying things he didnât need. âBut how do you hang out with people?â asked another student, Holly, somewhat incredulously.
More New Verizon Fees Could Cut Off Access for Millions of Remind Users × × New Verizon Fees Could Cut Off Access for Millions of Remind Users By Jan 15, 2019 Can you hear me now? Thatâs what Remind and many of its users hope to get across as they protest Verizonâs new fees, which threaten to disrupt use of the messaging service millions of students and educators depend on. Thousands of teachers have taken to Twitter this week to blast the telecommunications company and defend , a school communication platform used for everything from announcing homework assignments to contacting parents when a student is sick.
More How Colleges Can Support Faculty New to Teaching Online #DLNchat × × How Colleges Can Support Faculty New to Teaching Online #DLNchat By Jan 15, 2019 âOnline teaching is the joy, fun, and magic of bringing teaching and learning into the online environment,â Karen Costa tweeted last Tuesday, January 8, kicking off the #DLNchat. Many may agree with Costa, but for faculty who have spent their academic careers teaching face-to-face, the shift to online instruction can be daunting. So last week, the #DLNchat community shared ideas about how to best support instructors making the transition to the online classroom.
More As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost × × As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost By and Jan 15, 2019 Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem.
More US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018 × × US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018 By Jan 15, 2019 For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record. There was also plenty of rain in the education technology industry, where venture capitalists and private-equity investors unleashed a deluge of cash. Last year, U.S. education technology companies raised $1.45 billion, matching the previous high for the single-year funding total of this decade, set in 2015.
More Function Follows Form: How Two Colleges Redesigned the Classroom for... × × Function Follows Form: How Two Colleges Redesigned the Classroom for Active Learning By and Jan 5, 2019 A Mosaic classroom at Indiana University Although a wealth of suggests that active learning increases student engagement and improves academic outcomes, many college campuses struggle to get faculty to shift away from traditional, sage-on-a-stage style teaching practices. But some institutions are gaining traction using a novel approach: leveraging the expertise of facilities and information technology staff to support the redesign of classroom learning experiences.
More Our Student-Led Conferences Were Falling Short. Hereâs What We Changed. × × Voices | Our Student-Led Conferences Were Falling Short. Hereâs What We Changed. By Jan 14, 2019 âFocus on your mantra,â I told myself. âBreathe in and out, go to your zen place,â my inner voice whispered. I wasnât practicing yoga or daily meditation. I was preparing for parent-teacher conferences. After over a decade of teaching in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and encountering countless parents aggressively accuse me of dashing the dreams of their children by giving them a B, I had developed a preparation ritual that even a practiced yogi would envy.
More Article in Journal âScienceâ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as... × × Article in Journal âScienceâ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot By Jan 11, 2019 What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An this week in the prestigious journal âScienceâ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities.
More One Teacherâs Plan to Close Culture Gaps in Schools × × Voices | One Teacherâs Plan to Close Culture Gaps in Schools By Jan 9, 2019 For most of my teaching career, I was the only teacher of color in my building. I once expressed to the principal my hope that she would be considering teachers of color as candidates for an opening in our English department. âThey just donât apply,â she told me resolutely. I didnât bring it up again. I had also been closeted for most of my teaching career.
More For Students to Succeed, Social Capital Matter Just as Much as... × × column | For Students to Succeed, Social Capital Matter Just as Much as SkillsâHereâs Why By Jan 9, 2019 Letâs just debunk a big olâ myth right now: No one, and I repeat, no one makes it entirely based on their own merit. The concept of âmeritocracyâ as a path to success is misguided, because so many external factors shape the privileges, opportunities and challenges that people experience in life.
More How Can Online Instructors Get Students to Talk to Each Other? × × column | How Can Online Instructors Get Students to Talk to Each Other? By Jan 9, 2019 This article is part of the guide The following is the latest installment of the . You can pose a question for a future column . Dear Bonni: How can we make student-to-student interaction more personable and engaging in online learning? âAndrea Fuentes, Director of Online Learning, Doral College Cultivating an engaging environment can be a challenge when teaching online.
More How to Keep Kids From Being Mean Online × × How to Keep Kids From Being Mean Online By Jan 8, 2019 There are endless distractions for kids these daysâfrom games to music and social media. Some are serious and hurtful, too, like bullying. And all of this is amplified online. , an author, speaker and school consultant, works with teenagers on organization, time management and overall wellness. And as technology platforms have accelerated over the years, her job has increasingly involved keeping up with the ways young people use social media, and advising parents, teachers and even tech companies about what they need to know.
More Whatâs an HBX Again? Nevermind. Harvard Business School Rebrands Its... × × Whatâs an HBX Again? Nevermind. Harvard Business School Rebrands Its Online Offerings. By Jan 8, 2019 Harvard Business School's physical campus in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard Universityâs famed business school has an announcement to make: Forget HBX. From now on the school will instead refer to its online offerings under a more straightforward banner, . Harvardâs business school launched its first online courses in 2013 in a unit it called HBX.