Ed/EdTech News You Missed This Week (Ending May 19th, 2017)

Integrating Social and Emotional Competencies into Academic Content

Combining an insightful interview with a former teacher and a new report from the Aspen Institute, the author here takes a look at how social-emotional learning can be seriously integrated as a teaching objective. While it’s clear that compelling content is absolutely vital to the learning experience, the report suggests that these intangible skills—collaboration, critical thinking, and more—are subjects that must be taught with purpose. If your curriculum doesn’t currently focus on social-emotional learning, the author also offers an example of how you can incorporate it in the activities you already have planned.

See CE Credits Online: Creating Compassionate Schools — 45 hours/3 credits


 

Teachers Speak: What PD Actually Works?

While we can all agree that pursuing professional development is beneficial, different stages in the teaching career can mean that different types of PD work better than others. This article examines a survey asking highly motivated, board-certified teachers at varying career levels what type of professional development has worked best for them, from teachers just entering the classroom to “teacher leaders.” What is especially positive is the number of teachers who rely on mentoring and support from their colleagues.

Novice Teachers said to make mentoring more flexible and accessible.  Teacher Leaders said servicing as a mentor/coach was the most important form of PD helping them.

CE Credits Online has two courses that teach how to create, maintain and use effective coaching/mentoring relationships—peer-to-peer and mentor-to-mentee.

            Career Stage Teachers reported other ongoing formal education, such as graduate coursework, was the most important PD for them.

CE Credits Online courses are all eligible for graduate-level academic credits from regionally-accredited universities, who offer these courses in their own catalogs.


 

How EdTech Can Be Used to Alleviate Inequalities in the Classroom

Although technology can certainly add a new dimension to your curriculum, it is also crucial to keep in mind how edtech, with the proper implementation, combats a variety of inequalities among learners. For students with learning disabilities to the economically disadvantaged, the impact technology can have on ensuring a quality education for every pupil is paramount. Enumerated here are just a handful of ways edtech can be used to personalize and improve the learning experience for these students.


 

If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education?

The accomplishments of edtech can only go as far as its implementation, a science to be studied within itself. Researchers and educators who want to make the most out of educational technology need to consider how the environment in which it’s being introduced and the frequency with which it’s used can affect its efficacy. Read more about “implementation science” in this thoughtful piece to see if there are any improvements you could make in utilizing your tech in the classroom.


 

Study Finds Students Need More Navigable Computer-Based Exams

Technology’s place in the testing world isn’t going away any time soon, which makes it an imperative task to remove any barriers to academic achievement students might encounter. A new study illuminates why elementary and middle school-level students have difficulties with navigating certain types of online testing. By examining how and why students struggle with computer-based exams, teachers can better prepare them for particular test formats and help eliminate anxiety. An educator quoted here suggests is providing students with opportunities to experiment with different kinds of assessments through the use of online practice tests.

 

Kelsey Erwin

 

 

 

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