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”
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”
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”
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”
Technology can empower higher education students to boost their grades or attend classes despite other responsibilities — or locations. The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology hopes that all universities will take advantage of the possibilities technology can create for students.
Originally found on: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/06/edtech-student-confidence/
Edtech is making is easier and more efficient to help students at every level, and to bring even the most timid of learners out of their shells. Dr. Kenneth Shore, a psychologist and Chair of a child study team for the Hamilton, New Jersey Public Schools, explains that “Low self-esteem can lessen a student’s desire to learn, his or her ability to focus, and his or her willingness to take risks. Positive self-esteem, on the other hand, is one of the building blocks of school success; it provides a firm foundation for learning.”
By Nanda Krish
In learning, there may be no greater tool for students than hands-on experience. Consider a classroom of first-graders who were lead in an endeavor to raise trout eggs while understanding environmental impacts. Or a high-school biology teacher who had her students create a project on any system in the human body, with results that included everything from a board game based on the nervous system to a physical model of the knee. In both situations, the teacher acted as a facilitator, guiding students as they crafted their own work, all leading to a final presentation.