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13 Higher Education Bloggers Helping Educators Create Technology-First Curriculums

Technology is the future.

How do we know?

Well, let’s take a look at businesses for a moment. In the business world, it is estimated that, by the year 2020, customers will manage 85% of their relationships without ever even speaking to a human.

Technology isn’t just infiltrating the business world, however.

We live in an age where any random person you stop on the street will tell you that they have their own fashion blog and also run a social media marketing firm based on their skills on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, …

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Embracing Digital Diversity in Modern Teaching

Your students live in a fully connected world. Most of the kids in your classroom are already Internet-savvy, and even the youngest have access to mobile devices at home. As teachers , teaching students how to apply technological skills in a classroom setting will support academic success and prepare them for a market dominated by careers that rely heavily on technology.

Why Students Need the Internet

Nearly 100 percent of schools are connected to the Internet, and 45 percent offer Wi-F…

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Video Games in Learning

When it comes to the conversation of children and video games, we always tend to find negative backlash towards the idea of kids playing video games. Research has been conducted for years when it comes analyzing the negative effects of video games; some studies claiming that gaming can lead to depression and aggression in children. Yet, we rarely hear the good side of this argument to balance out society’s perception of video games.

The truth is, video games can play a major role in the learning cycle of a child’s life, and can bolster a wide array of cognitive skills in students. Since gaming has successfully played a major role on how children gather new information

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How to Transition to Online Homework Assignments

Grading offline homework is a tedious task. Just getting all the assignments home without throwing out your back or losing anything is a miracle. And half the time the homework doesn’t even get to you: you’re practically fluent in student excuses from hearing so many.

Taking homework online, however, eliminates many of these problems: students can’t leave a Google Doc at home and you can’t lose a blog post on your way to the car. There are also many apps that make grading and organizing online homework assignments faster and easier.

Like any technology integration, however, this can seem like a daunting task: Where do I even start? This transition can be as simple or involved as you want; use these tips as a guide.

Just Get Started

The best way to transition to online homework is to simply do it. But getting started doesn’t have to mean going in all at once. Start small, with just one homework assignment a week. …

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8 Tech Tools That Motivate Students to Read More At Home

Fact: Nearly one third of fourth- and eighth-grade students are reading at or above proficiency levels—putting the majority of students in the category of “struggling reader.”

Fact: The more students read, the better they get.

Fact: There are a variety of tools available to teachers that motivate students to read more at home, where they spend a vast majority of their time.

Whether or not your students have books, reading confidence, or parental support to encourage reading at home, you can still help them spend more time reading with these tools.

Newsela

Non-fiction reading can hook struggling readers—so long as they find something they enjoy reading about. When they do find a subject they like, the…

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How to Choose an LMS for Your Classroom

Learning Management Systems have grown significantly in both power and effectiveness since the first computer-based "e-learning" systems were developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The current market is divided into a number of different categories of systems all designed for distinct segments of the educational process. The Learning Management System or LMS is aimed at promoting a framework in which the entire educational cycle can be presented and managed.

At its heart, an LMS is a delivery mechanism as opposed to an authoring platform or research tool. This is not to say some LMS platforms allow course construction. Rather it clarifies the focus of the toolset. For example, the purpose of an LMS like Brightspace, is to not only deliver educational coursework, exa…

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Teaching BYOD: Using Your Personal Devices in the Classroom

What’s working for business may also work in the classroom.

At least, that is what schools with shrinking budgets and expiring tax levies are hoping for. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a growing trend in multiple industries, established companies, and startups as well.

The reasons just make sense. Mobile technology is changing the way companies do business, in marketing, advertising, and sales. But it’s not often we look at education as a business, even though it is.

Our product as teachers is education, our measurement of return on investment is graduation rates and student test results, and our public image is created by how we interact with our communities. With shrinking state budgets, and rural schools challenged with passing levies to cover costs, schools are looking for ways to cut expens…

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