How to build powerful tech-infused lesson plans

More and more educators are leveraging technology in their classrooms, which is one aspect of being a 21st century teacher helping their students (and probably themselves, too) to develop 21st century skills, Edudemic reports.  Finding a combination of the most useful devices, web tools, and apps can be a powerful learning tool for your students. But leveraging technology in such a way that it helps your lesson rather than being the focus of your lesson isn’t always easy, especially when you’re using apps that focus on specific topics. Its so easy to look at the material in the app as being the lesson. On the other hand, the technology can also end up being an afterthought, which is also less than idea, just on the other end of the spectrum. So how do you go about creating 21st century lesson plans that leverage the technology to support your lesson without being your lesson?

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2 basic ways how to add technology to your curriculum

We know that many of our readers are already integrating a lot of technology into their classrooms, Edudemic reports. We hear from a lot of readers who are doing awesome stuff, along with a slew of people who are offering innovative products and classroom technology solutions. But using technology in the classroom is not easy or second nature for everyone. Some educators face the funding and accessibility issue – having to work with less technology than they’d like, while others are simply in a great comfort zone doing what they’ve been doing for many years in their classrooms…

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How to flip an online course

Flipping the classroom isn’t just for those who are teaching in a physical classroom with their students right in front of them, Edudemic reports. Online learning presents its own unique set of challenges as it is, so flipping the online classroom might seem out of the question. But when you take a step back and look at it, it really is quite feasible! The handy infographic below (from the ever-useful Mia MacMeekin) takes a look at how you can flip your online classroom. She offers some great tips and tricks to get you started. Keep reading to learn more…

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7 powerful STEM resources for girls

The statistics surrounding STEM education and jobs in the US are rather staggering to me, Edudemic reports. The latest that I’ve read indicate that US students are still trailing WAY behind other nations in Science and Math education (US ranks 47th in Math and Science education quality, and 78% of high school graduates don’t meet the standard levels for at least one entry level STEM class). To top it off, there’s a pretty strong gender divide in the STEM subjects: Many fewer girls are interested in even studying these subjects, and they don’t feel at all confident about their skills…

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In defense of multiple-choice

The value of multiple-choice in education has been a topic of debate since its invention in the beginning of the 20th century, Edudemic reports. Initially, the US army constructed this type of assessment as a means for determining intelligence for recruitment (Ramirez, 2013). Provided this social validity, the test quickly spread to education and industry sectors, such as the SAT (Ramirez, 2013).  At this time, education mocked the industrial “factory model”, based on standardization and strict learning schedules. In recent years, however, there has been a shift in the education model, contingent upon active and personal participation in our globalized society…

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How to teach music and art online

For centuries, the landscape for arts education has had a certain unique niche that often has often consisted of the one-on-one ‘master & apprentice’ relationship between teacher and student, edudemic reports. The necessity of passing down a craft has come from a few places, notably the economic need from working artists as well as he love and interest of the art from prospective students…

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