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For as long as I have been a teacher, I have been showing videos in class. While not a revolutionary idea, back when I first started I would show a video related to the lesson and hand out an accompanying question sheet to make sure the students were focusing on the main ideas. I would call out helpful reminders like “Number 3 is coming up!” to ensure that students were paying attention.
They were not.
Are today’s digital natives stunting their social skills? (Education Dive)
- A new documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” explores the impact of how much time today’s students spend looking at their phones or other digital devices, alongside input from doctors, researchers and educators.
Growing up in a digital world makes today’s children both privileged and disadvantaged. This early digital fluency will help them in the workplace, but they may be losing practice time with human interaction that will be equally important as they navigate future careers. Many schools are reinforcing their social-emotional learning curriculum for a variety of reasons, and this is one area it can improve.
Project-based learning also offers opportunities for students to be up, talking to each other and collaborating on problem-solving. While the power of personalized learning provides incentives to have students working by themselves as they get instruction tailored to their particular learning pace, schools must keep in mind how important practice collaborating with peers can be.
Equity, Quality, and Digital Content (EdTECH Digest)
Interview with Marty Creel by Victor Rivero
Creating modern digital learning environments for all students.
When he was a social studies teacher, Marty Creel wanted to integrate technology into his instruction and his students’ learning for, among other factors, a very peculiar reason. “My interest in integrating technology into instruction began with the first Macs,” he says. “The graphical user interface just grabbed students’ attention and a new program called HyperCard was a perfect fit for social studies projects.” Back in the day when projects were displayed on tri-fold poster boards, Marty often had his students show links among the different strands of a civilization, such as geography, economy, religion, politics, “with a literal piece of string or yarn,” he says. Soon after, he recalls, “HyperCard came along with this feature called a hyperlink that students could build in to connect the various content on other ‘cards’ — and away we went. Goodbye tri-folds and yarn, hello engaged students.”
Multiple studies reveal that digital learning materials improve college students’ performance, leading to higher exam scores, better grades, and fewer class withdrawals, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Students are also chiming in, saying they agree.
The studies included analyses of digital materials that are available through access codes or software, used with or instead of print textbooks, and which can cost less than traditional materials.
When digital materials offer features such as adaptive quizzes, practices, simulations, or gradebook tools, faculty can customize their lectures based on class progress and materials can be updated when new information is found. Immediate feedback from quizzes and class activities can help students focus on areas in which they might be struggling or falling behind.
Schools Are Discovering Kindness! The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and Discovery Education Launch “Discover Kindness in the Classroom” – A National Partnership Focusing on Students’ Social and Emotional Learning Skills (District Administration, Tech&Learning, Education Dive)
Kindness starts with one. One person holds open a door. One person writes a thank you letter to a teacher. One person sparks kindness when another really needs it. Now, more than ever, it’s time to be kinder. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK), an internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have teamed up to announce today the launch of an all-new education initiative, “Discover Kindness in the Classroom.” Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the program offers standards-aligned resources for grades K-8 that teach important social and emotional learning skills, and stimulate thoughtful conversations between educators and students about the importance of kindness in their daily lives.