The challenge of student engagement often feels like a dry wasteland. But every child can succeed with the right learning conditions. Today’s post reveals five mobile educational technology apps that will help both parents and educators improve student engagement.
Recently, I watched a TED episode by Ken Robinson about how to escape the “death valley” of education.
Relationships are the foundation to success in education. Although technology itself doesn’t have all the answers, a balanced education technology focus can definitely be used to improve and strengthen three key relationships.
Many educators may agree that because of the big education technology revolution, which encourages the flipping of classrooms and learning with digital devices, it’s hard to argue that today’s education focus isn’t all about technology.
Instead of focusing only on education technology tools and topics today, let’s celebrate some of the specific teachers who make great learning happen with that technology. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, after all. And no amount of technology in the world can replace the people who make it work.
Here are 3 examples of teachers we appreciate who are making a difference with technology.
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If done well, video is a powerful method of communication that engages people far better than text-based messages alone.
But when it comes right down to it, most of us probably feel like making a good video on our own is too hard and too time consuming. Teachers, especially, have little to no extra time in their days to make room for extra stuff unless the tasks are easy and the results are rewarding.
This winter has been rough. If you live anywhere in the lower forty-eight states, you have probably been impacted in some way by the heavy snowstorms and extremely frigid temperatures that led to the coining of a new weather phrase: the Polar Vortex.
Snow, in small doses, is pretty and even kind of fun. Snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights, forts, sledding – snow creates many fun activities and fond memories.
But in large doses, snow becomes a menace. Everything is harder. Starting your car, keeping your driveway clear, driving safely, avoiding accidents, and getting to your destinations are all more difficult, even treacherous.
From New Jersey to North Carolina, schools all over the country have had their schedules interrupted by one of the worst winter seasons on record. And while kids get very excited about their schools closing so they can stay home, the excessive amount of snow days has led to some creative alternatives to try and reduce the amount of lost learning time and salvage student engagement.
Today I found a great article from the Journal of Literacy and Technology titled “Improving Parent Involvement in Secondary Schools through Communication Technology.”
Although it was written a couple years ago (February 2012), this article contains some really great points about teacher-parent communication that I thought we should review. Here’s a bit of a summary sharing what I gleaned from this article: