Modern classrooms are being transformed by technology. Recent, dramatic increases in student access to technology through bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and 1:1 initiatives have provided teachers with blended and virtual learning opportunities for their students that can fundamentally change how learning occurs. As the traditional classroom evolves into an environment rich in technology, educators are looking for guidance on how to choose the best educational technology (edtech) solutions.
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The end of the school year brings about a lot of reflection. Many teachers look back on how the year went and students remember what they learned. At Edmentum, things are no different! We love to look back on past blog posts to see what really resonated with our audience throughout the school year.
Most teachers of little ones understand that teaching elementary children often involves walking a narrow line between exploration and total chaos. Walking that line often means navigating and eliminating as many obstacles to learning as possible, taking care to identify gaps quickly so that no one gets left behind. This is best supported by a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) curriculum with embedded provisions, including technology.
Effective personalized learning is all about finding a delicate balance between offering students choice in how, when, and what pace they learn, while simultaneously providing them with the individualized attention needed to truly push them forward academically. For instructors in the classroom, providing this kind of tailored experience for 20 or more students is a challenging (and at times overwhelming) undertaking. Online tools can be a valuable resource to save teachers precious time by taking care of some of the legwork of providing students with the right content, as well as sifting through data to find the real insights. However, regardless of how high-quality a program may be, students won’t enjoy use it if it doesn’t offer an interesting, enjoyable experience.
A high school diploma is more essential to success for today’s students than ever before. New state accountability systems under ESSA are recognizing this fact and putting a renewed focus on graduation rates. Of course, in an ideal situation, standard classroom formats would meet the needs of all students to keep them on track for graduation. In reality, challenges arise, setbacks occur, and some students fall behind in their studies.
With the 2018-2019 school year nearly underway, planning is top of mind for district and school administrators. To support you in the planning process, we've assembled a curated list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined by the Arizona ESSA plan.