Thanks to technology, content can be available for student learning on a 24/7 basis. Individual needs and learning styles can be addressed more successfully, and learners become more responsible and accountable for their own education. This Digital Learning Day, let’s look at online learning through the eyes of a classroom teacher and consider how teaching practices must evolve to meet the needs of today’s unique learners.
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The Common Core and the other next-generation standards all call for students to spend more of their time communicating interpersonally and collaborating with peers. Here are some helpful collaboration tools for use in the classroom.
Two years ago, Northwestern Consolidated School District (NWCSD) in central Indiana embarked on a radical move toward blended learning: using Study Island, Plato Courseware, and EdOptions Academy to power its new 1:1 technology initiative. Now, they have been named our latest Rock Star School!
YouTube has become the go-to source for teachers looking to enrich their lessons with video, bring concepts to life, or get some grading done at the back of the room. While it might be a powerful tool, and it has some safeguards against truly inappropriate content, it still takes some work to use it responsibly.
Live chat, class discussion boards, email, webinars, and virtual field trips are all samples of online course interactions that have become staples over the past 10 years. Are they all needed for online student success? Or is it primarily the frequency and/or the application of a substantial grade percentage that needs to be changed to existing modes of online interactions between students and instructors?