Re-Energize Your Classroom in the New Year

January 5, 2016

Re-Energize Your Classroom in the New Year


  • Turning things over to the students at the start of the New Year is a great way to get their buy-in during the start of the long winter months. Here are some great ideas that you can use to change things up for the second part of the year. All of these ideas can be adjusted for all grade levels.
  • 1) A great way to bring energy back into a classroom is to let students have more say in what's going on in the class. 2) Give your students the chance to teach a portion of a particular unit. 3) Implement the 20 Time or Genius Hour. 4) Breakout rooms: teachers can now set up a breakout room in their own class thanks to BreakoutEDU, a platform for immersive learning games.
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Keywords: teaching strategies, student engagement, student voice

Newton’s New Law of Teaching: When Quality Instruction and Technology Intersect


  • Achievement equals Quality Instruction times Innovation (A = QI x I). The kind of technology that deepens the interaction between teachers and students, and students with each other, is transformative. Both of these variables—good teachers and good technology—can transform a student’s learning experience.
  • The Innovation Matrix (iMatrix) contemplates teaching along these two axes—instruction and innovation—which produce four quadrants that help us to better understand teachers: 1) the innovator/master teacher, 2) the traditionalist, 3) the technologist, and 4) the emergent.
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Keywords: instruction, technology, edtech, innovation in education, iMatrix

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have


  • What it means to be a teacher in the 21st Century? Knowing yourself, your students, your colleagues, and your profession make you a modern educator. These are some of the skills we think makes a modern teacher.
  • As professionals, teachers have to know how to learn and grow from participation in professional communities; they understand how technology works and how it benefits education; modern teachers now where to locate useful resources; they participate in social media and they develop great communication skills; and last but not least, they remain a life-long learner.
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Keywords: educators, skills and competencies, 21st century learning

Response to Intervention: Resources for Educators


  • Over the past decade, Response to Intervention (RTI) has seen widespread use in schools as an effective way to promote student learning. The approach has several key components: Multi-tiered instruction, ongoing assessment, and collaborative decision-making.
  • RTI models can also be referred to as Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTII), which emphasizes research-based instruction at its core. More recently, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is being used as an umbrella term that includes academic, behavioral, social, and emotional supports for students.
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Keywords: assessment, response to intervention, rti, resources for educators

Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Future

The New York Times

  • Ten years ago, it may have sufficed to offer a few entrepreneurship courses and workshops, but undergraduates now expect universities to teach them how to convert their ideas into business or nonprofit ventures. As a result, colleges have become engaged in an innovation arms race.
  • Yet campus entrepreneurship fever is encountering skepticism among some academics who say that start-up programs are simply parroting an “innovate and disrupt” Silicon Valley mind-set and promoting narrow skill sets without encouraging students to tackle more complex problems.
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Keywords: higher education, startups, entrepreneurship, leadership

What Will Doctoral Education Look Like in 2025?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Today graduate school is gripped in a vise. One jaw of that vise is the ever-tightening academic job market, and the other jaw is the increasing corporatization of the academy.
  • Some predictions and hopes for the future of Ph.D. training are: the possibility of a more flexible dissertation requirement; that the lab-centered, grant-driven model will be put into question; and that doctoral programs in the sciences replace more research grants with training grants (which emphasize teaching).
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Keywords: graduate education, predictions, PhD, academy

MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers


  • More people signed up for MOOCs in 2015 than they did in the first three years of the “modern” MOOC movement. In 2015, 1,800 new courses were announced, taking the total number of courses to 4,200 and the total number of students who signed up for at least one course has crossed 35 million.
  • In 2016, we can expect to see a lot more credentials and credits. But as MOOC providers try to aggressively monetize, critical components of the learning experience will no longer be free.
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs

5 Tech Trends that Could Supercharge Education in 2016

Campus Technology

  • The technologies of tomorrow are already being tested in select classrooms today, laying the seeds for the future of how students could learn. We’ve reviewed a few of these trends through the lens of how they could affect classrooms in both K–12 and higher education.
  • In short, these trends are: Virtual Reality (VR) adds new dimension to learning; the 3D printing's audience is on track for growth; the Internet of Things (IoT) finds its place; wearables go mainstream; and tech is going to become smarter and more interactive.
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Keywords: technology, education, trends, virtual reality, internet of things, 3d printing

5 Higher Ed Trends to Watch in 2016

Education DIVE

  • The explosion of competency-based education development that we saw in 2014 is going to reach many new classrooms in 2016. Administrators will find new ways to use predictive analytics to improve student outcomes. Accreditation reform may actually be decided in 2016. And, competition from alternative providers such as coding bootcamps, will continue to challenge traditional higher ed.
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Keywords: higher education, trends

Conferences and Events
TransformingEDU CES 2016 (Jan 6-9)
FETC 2016 - Future of Education Technology Conference (Jan 12-15)
Bett (Excel London) (Jan 20-23)
TCEA 2016 Annual Convention and Exposition (Feb 1-5)
SXSWedu (Mar 7-10)
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