Educational Technology

Bonaire Elementary School Motivates Student Learning Via Online Program

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 00:35

By V Doctor, Parent Herald

Bonaire Elementary School recently came up with a unique approach to enhance their students’ computer skills. A new online program was introduced to help kids to improve in their problem areas. “This is a program that the kids truly enjoy being a part of. They love playing the games, they love even the learning part of it because that gets them to the games. So, we want the kids to understand that learning is fun and education galaxy is a great tool to get that idea across to the kids,” said Willis Jones, the principal of Bonaire Elementary School, in an interview with 41NBC.

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Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum Launches Online Courses and Teacher Training

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 00:29

By Blake Montgomery, EdSurge

Have you always wanted to teach an art class but couldn’t find an online resource on a Walmart budget? Despair no longer. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the expansive museum founded by Walmart heir Alice Walton, has launched two free distance learning courses and opened applications for educators to become certified to teach them. Applications close April 25. Museums, with their vast collections of rare and valuable resources, offer boundless opportunities for learning, but they’re often relegated to the realm of field trip destinations, visited once a semester or year. And that’s only if students are fortunate enough to have field trip programs.

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:40

by Mary Wade, Edutopia

Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging — these are becoming perceived staples of 21st-century learning. With such ambitious practices taking the spotlight for how people regard modern classrooms, it’s not surprising that a murmur of impracticality or skepticism is still a frequent response when they’re first introduced. So how do we encourage teachers everywhere to believe that great changes can happen in their classrooms? By helping them envision small, practical steps that will lead them there. Here are five elements of 21st-century classrooms, along with concrete suggestions that teachers can visualize and implement today.

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Private School Turns to Tech To Manage Classroom Activities Online

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A private school in Fort Worth, TX with 167 students in grades preK-8 has adopted a new Internet management tool to keep students on task. All Saints Catholic School chose NetRef from a company with the same name to enable its teachers to set Internet access boundaries in their classrooms. All Saints, which runs a dual-language program in English and Spanish and maintains a computer lab, also is increasingly using tablets in its classrooms. NetRef helps the educators manage student Internet usage via a touch-screen panel. Teachers can program allowable domains and applications that are relevant to the lesson and receive real-time alerts when a student wanders off-task.

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Your Course Accessibility Checklist

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:30

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Yes, it’s possible to embed accessibility into the course creation process, without expending too much time or effort. Here are things to consider during each development phase. “If you are teaching an online course, the chances are you have a student with a disability,” according to Jason Khurdan, department administrator in the Office of Disability Services at Rutgers University (NJ). Regardless of whether a university considers accessibility a priority now, he said, “eventually they will because it is becoming an issue that is more apparent in society as a whole.” Khurdan spoke about accessibility issues at a Rutgers-hosted online learning conference in New Brunswick, NJ, this past January. He started his presentation by giving a live demonstration of the struggles a student would have using an NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader on a typical syllabus he found online. “Attendees saw how difficult it was to work through this document.

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