The demands on students, teachers and school administrators are evolving fast. In the past, learning was about teaching people something they didn’t know. In today’s world, it’s evolved into helping them also develop the skills they need to adapt to a dynamic, unpredictable world through their academic and professional career.
At Ralston Elementary School, teachers build toward student-driven inquiry throughout the course of the unit. Starting with teacher-guided inquiry, teachers model how to develop questions over a series of lessons, showing students that there are multiple ways to solve problems. This prepares students to lead their own inquiry by the end of the unit. Ralston educators are building a culture of inquiry, empowering students to ask questions like:
Many adults simply accept the idea that “kids love technology” without interrogating it further. While many kids do love a shiny new device, it’s worth looking deeper than the tech itself to find out more. Understanding their motivations can help us make better decisions about how educators and parents can collaborate with children to support their learning.
I’ve made a promise to myself and my students: I have decided this year that I am making over my classroom into a “21st century” classroom. “What is a 21st century classroom?” you ask. 21st century classrooms include flexible seating, 1:1 technology, and student-led learning—in my opinion.
When we published “Disrupting Class” in 2008, we didn’t use the phrase “adaptive learning” once in the book. Just eight years later, it’s nearly impossible to imagine writing a book about educational technology and neglecting the term. With the rapid growth of blended learning and technology more generally in schools, asking if educational software is capable of adapting to students’ needs is commonplace.
The challenge for schools and teachers is how to utilize data properly and mindfully so we can access its full potential to improve student outcomes – this can be a daunting task. These three tips will help you build a balanced foundation on which to grow…
Student data can seem impersonal and is usually seen solely as number crunching analysis – this is not the case. It is a tool for students to reflect on their achievements and help inform their future decisions.
We have so many acronyms and buzzwords coming at us all of the time. Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Next Generation Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE) are two that get a lot of attention in education these days. Yet in many conversations we've had with teachers about such systems, we hear many questions or unsure responses. "Is (insert name) it? What do does it actually do? Is my school really using it well?"
As the dynamics of class environments changes, we’re seeing a growing trend toward deeper integration of technology. And for good reason. Expanding class sizes and shrinking budgets create challenges in hiring enough teachers to give students the personalized attention they need.
Personalized learning as a field or approach is a relatively new one and it’s certainly here to stay. Education is constantly evolving, so it’s important to keep up to date with these new ways of teaching and learning. Great teachers know that each student has different learning strengths and styles and outside of the classroom they are super-connected and engaged.
By its very name, a learning management system (LMS) sounds like a valuable tool – and it is. LMS is a centralized online system that helps teachers track students and learning, and gives administrators a convenient, strategic solution to managing all the different aspects of their school.
Close your eyes and imagine a successful classroom...What do you see? How do the students look? What is the teacher doing? Odds are the image that comes to mind is of seemingly engaged students in orderly rows with a teacher holding their undivided attention. This makes sense, as this is how so many of us learned.
As June begins, another school year ends with a familiar set of feelings. Excitement for student accomplishments and summer days ahead mixes with relief that everyone - you included - made it across the finish line. Exhaustion and optimism mingle as you rush to sort the last files and pack up boxes.
As young people mature throughout their academic career, educators need to balance what students learn with how they learn. In this way, budding scholars not only master subjects, but become confident, empowered and excited in their ability to learn. Statistics from the United States show that...
The story if human history is one of discovery, of new things or places that couldn't be imagined before, and - that often frightened us as much as they excited us. This definitely seems to be the case with "big data" today.
Two California schools point the way.
As students, as teachers, as parents, as school administrators - we all know in our gut that we are different people with different abilities and approaches. Yet when it comes to education, this reality often breaks down as we try get through the curriculum (and sometimes just through the day.)
It's our human nature to want a quality education for our children and as teachers and schools to know that we are delivering one. A good education is a promise of a better life and, hopefully, even a better world. Yet, as options and access in education expand around the world, so too do our questions about what defines a quality education and high-quality teaching.
The best way to understand what a Learning Management System or LMS is (and should be) is to step back to think about learning itself, especially about how learning happens today and will happen tomorrow. It's the truth (and a bit of an understatement!) that a teacher or administrator's job is complex, yet his or her single overarching mission is to make learning happen: every day, for every student, in every classroom, in every subject.
When people think of the phrase ‘learning success,’ most often it’s in terms of good grades. Grades are a reflection of how well students perform on exams and homework but not necessarily a reflection of how much they learned. Sometimes, students who earn good grades become frustrated in process and don’t have a desire to keep learning after they leave school. In that case, good grades don’t reflect successful learning at all.
Irish poet William Butler Yeats once said that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. These words rang true this past week during the GESS 2016 Dubai conference where more than 10,000 people from 75 countries came together to stoke the flames of better education in the Middle East.