Offline Choice Boards: How Are You Integrating Offline Learning into Your Online Class?
Schools in California will not reopen this year. Teachers are scrambling to move their offline courses online to ensure that students continue learning for the remainder of the school year. Understandably, the focus is on online learning as that is a new and unfamiliar learning landscape for a lot of educators. I am fielding questions about how to set up online courses, design online lessons, and offer small group instruction and support via video conferencing. As an advocate of blended learning, I want teachers to strive for a healthy balance of online and offline tasks as students engage in distance learning.
The 7 Most Common Learning Types
Education had a remarkable epiphany long ago. Simply put, there are a whole lot of learners in our classrooms and they don’t all learn the same way. This recognition of diversity in learning types has transformed teaching for the better in every way. Consequently, we can tailor instruction and assessment to meet the needs of individual learners, and help them make the most meanngful connections to what we teach.
Tools for Assessing Culture of Thinking In working to create a culture of thinking, it is useful to take stock of how things stand currently as well as to assess progress and change along the way. The Looking at Opportunities reflection tool provides 12 criteria for taking stock of the culture of a classroom.
Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 — Mapping Access
-Aimi Hamraie- As universities declare class cancelations and mandate a shift to online teaching, instructors have the opportunity to design online course materials to be as accessible as possible from the beginning. This will also ensure that your course materials are accessible moving forward.
8 Classroom EdTech Strategies That Develop Critical Thinking Skills
Educational technology, or edtech, has revolutionized the classroom by improving learning efficiency and efficacy. Used wisely, edtech strategies help students develop vital critical thinking skills, and can change the paradigms of education. Here are eight specific ways classroom tech can help students develop their critical thinking. 1. Staying Tuned In
Film Club: ‘Fear, Humor, Defiance: How the World Is Reacting to Coronavirus’
Find all our Film Club films here. Teachers: Please note that this week’s film includes powerful and disturbing images — including death and grieving. Be sure to review the film before screening with your class. “Fear, Humor, Defiance: How the World Is Reacting to Coronavirus” is a four-minute film that looks at the impact of the pandemic across the globe. The coronavirus has touched a diverse collection of countries and cultures, but a number of shared experiences have emerged — from grieving the dead to writing songs.
The Unproductive Debate of Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning – Education Rickshaw
Like millions of people around the globe right now, I am practicing social distancing. One valid point that has been brought up online is that the term should really be physical distancing rather than social distancing; Of course self-isolation and quarantine separate us geographically, but the psychological space between us doesn’t have to be so vast. These days we have online tools that can connect us socially in ways that can mitigate the loneliness that comes with physical separation. In the field of instructional design for online learning, this is not a new concept.
Using “unlock the chest!” puzzles to develop out-of-class learning
Overview Obtain a date padlock (day / month / year), and set it to the exact date of a particular historical event. Use this to lock a chest, inside of which should be placed an illustrated sheet of information about the event in question.
Over 1,000 Writing Prompts for Students
Sign up for our free Learning Network newsletter. Receive new writing prompts in your inbox every week. Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times. We’ve published iterations of this post in the past — 200, 401 and even 650 prompts — but never before have we gathered all our prompts, for both personal and argument writing, into one categorized list. Admittedly, the list is huge. In fact, there are 1,225 questions below on everything from video games and fashion to smartphones and parenting, and each prompt links to a Times article as well as to additional subquestions that can encourage deeper thinking.
Preparing to Take School Online? Here Are 10 Tips to Make It Work.
This article was originally published on Global Online Academy's (GOA) Insights blog on March 4, 2020. In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we offer this reference in support of schools and other organizations engaged in planning for the many possible ways in which their institutions and surrounding areas may be asked or required to operate online. If you’re a senior or executive-level leader charged with moving school online for a considerable period of time (more than a few days), we hope you will find our suggestions, born of both practice and practical research, helpful. If you sit (or lead) between senior level leaders and the students, you, too, will have to learn how to lead and learn online.
Using a “Mysterious Moment” lesson starter to develop questioning skills
Overview The ‘mysterious moment’ approach is a great way to engage students at the beginning of a lesson and to generate some interesting questions. It involves giving students an intriguing, mysterious and deliberately incomplete story based on a study topic by taking away key details, and then challenging teams to ask yes/no questions of the teacher to fill the gaps and deduce what is going on.
Dictionaries, corpora and using notebooks
Here’s a selection of links I compiled for our teachers following up on a workshop I ran on Friday 27th March. I showed them around a few online dictionaries and corpora, and we briefly talked about how students could make use of their notebooks to record language. I know there are many other useful resources, but this is what we managed in 60 minutes. Feel free to add them to the comments! Dictionaries – Oxford.
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Using “relationship webs” to map change and continuity over time
Overview Charting the changing relationship between nations and individuals over time is an important part of identifying key turning points as well as highlighting essential continuities. A relationship web is an accessible and visually engaging way of doing so. Case study: the causes of World War One