While educators understand the importance of using research to inform their teaching, they lack the time and support from senior leaders to put this into practice. Two studies by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) looked at methods of encouraging teachers to implement research findings in schools.
Whether in elementary, secondary or college classrooms, many teachers have begun using open educational resources (OER) as an integral part of day-to-day learning. However, just as no two students are the same, neither are any two teachers. So, how are teachers being developed to use educational technology in a way that best supports a student’s ability to learn?
How often do you hear college students say, “that was fun!” on their way out of your classroom? Probably not often enough. Moreover, when was the last time you asked yourself: Is my class fun? Contrary to popular belief that learning gets serious after high school, the college classroom can be a place for fun and games. An atmosphere of playfulness may work wonders in creating community and building student engagement.
Recent changes in education have, for the most part, been limited to tangible items. What hasn’t been so quick to change is teachers’ mindsets in regards to the physical makeup of the classroom. That is why after sixteen years of teaching, I decided to get rid of one of the most basic features of a traditional classroom: desks.
Whether you want to supplement instruction for your in-person class or you teach a fully online course, you're probably looking for effective ways to deliver content and maintain student engagement. Short, focused discussions of key concepts or ideas can be a great way to support student learning when they're working independently or at a distance. Here is how you can create powerful 5-minute videos.
Right now many edtech products are sold as black boxes. “What does the product do?” “Dunno, but it works through the science of neuroplasticity.” The lack of understanding in how these products work is one of the reasons why we are not engaging faculty in thinking about pedagogy. A good edtech product should inspire the instructor to ask, “How can I make my own teaching better now that I have this to help.”
Mitchel Resnick is currently the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. Instead of trying to think how we educate all of these students, Resnick says we should think: "how can we create opportunities for learning?"
The notion that you will go to one university for all the training you need for your career and that at the end of it you will receive a piece of paper that certifies your knowledge, "is quite passé." In the future, many learners will have earned credentials from a range of institutions and the blockchain technology has tremendous potential to offer a more learner-centered alternative to traditional credentialing.
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