Meet Joel: Globetrotting Learning Editor

Meet Joel: Globetrotting Learning Editor

This month we sat down with our “remotest” employee, Joel Webb. By the time we make it into the Baltimore or McLean offices, he’s already put in a day’s work—all the way from Madrid, Spain. Joel works his magic from across the globe, transforming educational products into masterpieces with flair. Continue reading “Meet Joel: Globetrotting Learning Editor”

Summer Learning Activities That Students Will Actually Enjoy

Summer Learning Activities That Students Will Actually Enjoy
By Brandi Marcene, Wisewire Contributor

How many times as a teacher have you witnessed the dreaded “summer slide” in students after their return from summer break? Students who previously showed tremendous progress at the end of the school year are suddenly unable to demonstrate previously mastered skills?

Students can often miss out on opportunities that are both learning and entertaining to keep their brains engaged over the summer when there is an absence of ideas, activities, and support at home. Teachers can help students and parents to make the most out of their summer holidays by designing a list of activities with ample opportunities to exercise brain power and to have fun.

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8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Evaluating EdTech

8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Evaluating EdTech

It’s unlikely that you experience a dearth of options when you go online to search for tools and resources to supplement your curriculum, instruction, and assessment materials. Instead, you quite likely experience the opposite—there are so many options to choose from that it soon becomes overwhelming and difficult to parse which are worthwhile and which are better left behind. How do you know if a tool is high quality and truly germane to your purposes? The next time you go online in search of learning materials for your classroom, ask yourself these questions before making a decision about a shiny new offering: Continue reading “8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Evaluating EdTech”

End of Year Survival Guide

End of Year Survival Guide

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. There is a certain indescribable sense of overwhelming excitement when you’re about to mix up the routine in some way.

As summer break approaches, students all over the country are fighting a constant battle with this excitement. For most of them, the next several weeks hold endless opportunity for all sorts of fun and hijinks. Continue reading “End of Year Survival Guide”

3 Ways to Leverage Technology to Help Nontraditional Students

3 Ways to Leverage Technology to Help Nontraditional Students

Originally found on http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/04/3-ways-leverage-technology-help-nontraditional-students

Nearly half of the students enrolled in higher education are considered nontraditional. For a quarter of them, this nontraditional aspect is that they are over the age of 30, NPR reports.

In spite of the large amount of older students who are enrolled, an article on Forbes reports that no matter what kind of degree they are seeking, older students are completing them at lower rates than their peers.

Just as technology can do a lot for today’s “traditional” students, universities can leverage it successfully to help those who are a bit older complete their degrees. Continue reading “3 Ways to Leverage Technology to Help Nontraditional Students”

The 3 Education Trends Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The 3 Education Trends Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Originally found on https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/292511

Educators are tasked with the necessary burden of preparing today’s students to shape tomorrow’s world as our next generation of thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs — the tireless creators who are at the forefront of innovation and driving the world’s economy. Recently, we’ve seen the traditional learning models begin to evolve with the meaningful incorporation of technology, as we try to equip students with the digital literacy required of today’s employees. But, with technology constantly changing, can we actually predict what skills and knowledge today’s students will need to lead the future workforce? Continue reading “The 3 Education Trends Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs”

3 Ways to Prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources

3 Ways to Prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources

Originally found on http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/11/3-ways-prove-roi-open-educational-resources

After years of paying for college textbooks as an undergraduate and graduate student, I love the ideology (and the affordability) of open educational resources (OER). I love the idea of sharing ideas and granting access to many who couldn’t otherwise afford education.

As a digital geek, I cringe at the idea of having to read another static textbook. As an instructional designer, I patiently await the day that we are no longer confined to outdated textbooks that limit our course design. By utilizing OER, instructors aren’t constrained to the chapters of the book; they can find innovative open resources to teach the content most relevant to the course. Continue reading “3 Ways to Prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources”