Creating An Effective Online Learning Environment

Before the pandemic, if you’d have asked most teachers which skills they wanted to develop more, every one of them would have included technology. It wouldn’t have mattered how proficient those teachers already were; the reality is that technology develops in leaps and bounds while we’re busy ...

8 smart resources for teaching online during COVID-19

Distance learning. It even sounds remote, doesn’t it? It’s teaching without all the interpersonal aspects – seeing your classroom full of eager faces; understanding your students enough to know when someone is confused; enjoying the physical aspects of moving around the room interacting with individuals, doing what you ...

Future of the Classroom report: Thinking, connecting, innovating

To research the current state of K-12 education, to do it globally, and to create a thoughtful and fact-based prediction of what the future holds would take a lot of resources. But if there’s one thing Google has plenty of, it’s resources. And they put some of ...

Why and How to Create a Makerspace in Your School

Think about the elementary school library of your childhood: shelves, books, table, and a librarian who focused a lot of her time keeping kids quiet! Now, imagine if a corner of that library had been set up for the best of exploration, tinkering and discovery by you and your classmates. ...

Teaching with Video: A Classroom Tool that Works

(Photo Credit © Highwaystarz via iStock) Teaching with video can be controversial. Decisions about whether a video is appropriate for the classroom can be subjective. And arguments for and against the practice are common; does a student learn more from a video or from a lecture? Despite the issues, the ...

STEM teaching: The key to the future can be a challenge for teachers

(Photo Credit © Kerkez via iStock) It’s hard to have any conversation about education today in which STEM teaching doesn’t come up. The acronym, used to refer to “science, technology, engineering, math,” pops up on education blogs, websites, teacher newsletters and career boards everywhere. Visionaries see bold, flexible ...

Flipped Classrooms: Turning Education on its Head

You know this scenario well: The teacher stands in front of the class and lectures, and you try to take notes on everything that is said. That night you sit down alone to do your homework and find yourself with questions, trying to understand your nearly illegible pages of scribbles. ...

Does Tech in the Classroom Create Authentic Learning or Bolster It?

Much has been written about technology in the classroom. Much has been touted about the devices and programs produced by the big tech companies to streamline learning. Educators have been inundated by guides on how to use classroom websites, forms, Chromebooks, iPads and myriad other tools that will make life ...