Bridging The Digital Divide, a Study on Bilingual Children and Other Ed/EdTech News you Missed This Week (June 16th, 2017)

Bridging the Digital Divide: Districts Work to Overcome Access Deserts at School and at Home

With more educational resources becoming available online, from textbooks to games to discussion groups made up of student peers, a lack of internet access begins to seriously impact students’ learning capabilities in the classroom. Technology now often goes hand in hand with student participation, as school districts in Montana have found in this article exploring the importance of broadband access. Have a look at how Montana’s government is taking essential steps to provide more funding for internet in public schools to improve classroom involvement.

See CE Credits Online courses on how to use Interactive Whiteboard systems to access Internet-available resources and create interactive lesson plans that are engaging. 45 hours/3 credits


 

Bilingual Children Are Better at Recognizing Voices

Although some research is already available elaborating the benefits of bilingualism for the brain, the study discussed here is an intriguing read because it assesses the clear advantages in communication bilingual speakers have over monolingual speakers. Even though the voices used in the study were unfamiliar to both groups, the bilingual children were able to discern information about the speaker more easily than the children who only spoke one language. The positive results of this analysis could be applied to your own classroom as well by incorporating the basics of a second language into your curriculum. Another good way to introduce other languages into your classroom is to have your ELL students or bilingual students teach and share their language with your students who only speak English. Discussing the benefits of speaking, or at least recognizing, other languages as well as incorporating the cultural and language diversity that may exist in your classroom promotes a sense of classroom community, respect for the differences every child brings to the classroom and your commitment to recognizing and supporting each of your students.

See CE Credits Online courses that address this topic:

English Language Learners in Your Classroom 45 hours/3 credits

English Language Learner—An Introduction 45 hours/3 credits

Creating Compassionate Schools 45 hours/3 credits


 

Want Your Students to Remember You in 20 Years? Start Holding Weekly Data Conferences

This principal explores how her charter school has implemented weekly data conferences to build better relationships with students and parents. Teachers are given choices in how the conferences are arranged and the way information is used, allowing them to apply gathered student data more efficiently in creating, managing, and tracking goals for each individual student. Communication is critical both inside and outside of the classroom, and data conferences are a quick and simple method to help keep parents, students, and teachers in the same loop while improving accountability.

See CE Credits Online courses that address this topic:

Engaging Parents Effectively to Remove Barriers to Learning (designing effective parent conferencing and communication plans. Learn how to discuss the difficult topics with parents, how to make them your allies and how to use data effectively to communicate with families). 45 hours/3 credits


 

11 Online Summer Camps to Keep Kids Learning While School’s Out

During the summer providing students with appropriate (and enjoyable) learning activities can be quite a struggle. You might not be aware of whether your students will be traveling, staying at home, if they will complete their assignments, or if they will gain anything from zipping through them at a breakneck pace to go out and enjoy the season. Here are eleven online summer camps for varying age groups that can help keep your students engaged with learning and technology; if school isn’t out for your district yet or if you’re able to send work home, consider sharing some of these resources to boost summer learning.


 

How Schools Use Brain Science to Help Traumatized Kids Heal and Learn

It might seem obvious that poverty and adverse childhood experiences, referred to here as “ACEs,” affect the learning experience in a severely negative capacity, but the information is borderline useless without the creation of tools to combat these circumstances. In this example, the nonprofit Turnaround for Children utilizes brain science to understand how experiences shape our development, and in turn how educators can reverse damage done to growing minds. This knowledge is indispensable for teachers working in high stress communities; students must be taught that their backgrounds do not have to adversely influence their education forever.

CE Credits Online’s course Creating Compassionate Schools addresses this topic in depth, including the importance of understanding the effect trauma, stress, anxiety, and adverse childhood experiences have on a student’s ability to learn and how you can help those students overcome these challenges. 45 hours/3 credits

 

Kelsey Erwin

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