The ways in which we think and talk about education are changing — and not for the better.
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What’s the antidote for #edtech negativity? Just a bunch of B.S.
Emotional intelligence needs to be a central component of bullying-prevention efforts from preschool to high school classrooms. Taking the law-and-order approach, characteristic of many existing programs, does not offer youths or adults the fundamental skills needed to regulate powerful emotions that, when unregulated, can lead to psychologically and physically harmful behaviors. Developing emotional intelligence is typically absent from the roll call of anti-bullying policies: zero tolerance, “hot spots” monitoring, rule creation, and one-shot assemblies. Even well-intentioned bystander interventions can have inadvertent consequences. For example, encouraging children to stand up to bullies can create anxiety and possibly lead them to be at risk for retaliation. We know that current practices are failing our nation’s children.What all children need instead is an education in emotional intelligence.
The feedback from teachers and districts also uncovers anxiety about how classrooms and students will be affected by the tougher standards. Teachers are still worried about how to help struggling students keep up, while districts that adopted the standards early have resorted to coming up with their own curricula to meet the standards because they’ve found few off-the-shelf materials that do a good job of matching Common Core. And training teachers to be able to handle the Common Core remains a major concern.
Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices.
Here are the free ones:
- iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
- Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
- Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition report, launched on 3 February 2014, assesses emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning within universities.
We are facing a problem with tests in education — and this time, it’s not the test itself.
Students are strongly influenced by the implied messages they deduce from what is being tested, especially when the test is emphasized as high stakes in terms of their grades. Further, they can draw dangerous conclusions about their own role in the learning process by what is done with the assessment results.
Unlike simple interactives, games have immediate feedback and require the player to accept rules on limited actions. Serious Gaming is used to teach and train K-12 students or as professional development.
The Serious Games Association aggregates and curates titles for K-12, higher education, business, health care and government institutions. Its portal is especially useful for teachers — there are Serious Games for almost every discipline. Teaching about dystopian society? Check out Papers Please, a border agent role-playing game. Teaching civics? Try the games on iCivics or Government in Action.
I’ve forsaken one of the most commonly implemented classroom and instructional management strategies: the bellringer activity. I no longer am beholden to bombarding students with content demands for all 70 minutes each and every period
Instead, my students and I take 4-5 minutes at the start of every class to practice mindfulness with a simple breathing meditation. And so far, I’m happy with the results of replacing instant work demands with the expectations that students simply be.
When it comes to student motivation, does the axiom, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” apply? Although I believe that, as instructors, we cannot force motivation and learning upon students, we do play a vital role regarding student motivation and a student’s ability to gain knowledge and proficiency in the subject matter.
The flipped classroom is a busy, collaborative, and social place. We could say it’s a place where extroversion, collaboration, and teamwork are highly valued.
But what does this mean for students who don’t excel in this collaborative space? What does it mean if we’re always focused on the doing?