E-Learning and Digital Citizenship

E-Learning and Digital Citizenship

In the fast-growing world of online and blended education, the concept of digital citizenship is becoming more of a driving force behind how our teachers and students use technology for learning.

It’s no longer enough for us to remember the virtual paths for accessing electronic file folders and storage systems where classroom materials and homework submissions are housed, or recall how to log into our courses remotely from our tablets. Digital citizenship adds an entirely new element to our e-learning lives; It establishes how each of us should appropriately and responsibly use, communicate, and interact with technology. Read More

Top Five Ways to use Video in Blended Classrooms

Top Five Ways to use Video in Blended Classrooms

It’s one thing to talk about significant events in US history—the “I Have a Dream” speech, the first steps taken on the moon, and the assassination of JFK—but it’s quite another to have witnessed them. Video bridges this gap.

Using videos in the classroom can make lessons more interactive, grab students’ attention faster, and offer a different way to present content. Not to mention, students have the option to stop and replay videos as often as they want when working alone or in small groups.

Here are five ways to use video in your classroom.

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Digital Citizenship Needs to Be Taught

Digital Citizenship Needs to Be Taught

When I was in school there was no Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram. If I wanted a photo with my friends I had to use my allowance to buy film, use my babysitting money to develop that film, and convince my parents to drive me to the store to pick up my photos—all the while not knowing whether my eyes were closed or someone’s finger was blocking the flash. I remember when my friends and I first started participating in chat rooms (ah, dial-up). We were very young, entranced by the fact that we could “change” our names and choose the color and font of our words, and we never considered who we were really talking to—complete strangers. Read More

Don’t Forget to Wish Someone a Happy Dictionary Day Today!

Don’t Forget to Wish Someone a Happy Dictionary Day Today!

Unless you’re a lexicographer, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of National Dictionary Day, but it’s celebrated by word nerds every year on October 16, the birthday of Noah Webster. Webster’s name has become synonymous with the word “dictionary” because he actually wrote the first American dictionary, an arduous task that took him more than twenty years to complete. When he finished the American Dictionary of the English Language at age 70, it defined more than 65,000 words! Read More

Seven Tips for Creating Engaging and Effective Lessons

Seven Tips for Creating Engaging and Effective Lessons

What makes a lesson click for students? Effective lessons should get students thinking and allow them to ask questions and practice higher-level thinking skills. Ensuring that lessons are engaging and carefully planned will help students retain more of what they learn.

Curriculum developers are constantly working to make lessons engaging, efficient, effective, and empowering. Whether you’re teaching in a traditional classroom, a blended learning environment, or in an online school, here are a few tips for reaching your students. Read More