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Let’s teach students why math matters in the real world

“When will I ever use this?” It’s a question math and science teachers hear all the time from their high school students. Teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills is more important than ever, but it’s often difficult for students to understand the practical applications of such fundamental learning and how it will help them down the road. Classroom activities should be relevant, meaningful and connected to students’ prior knowledge and experiences. Learning must be based on lived experiences within both formal and informal educational settings. Increasingly, teacher educators…

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Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Advisers

By now, there’s a good chance you know that having an adviser to help guide you through your program, degree, or certificate is a big step on the road to success. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about virtual advisers. But do you need to see one in-person? If you are an online student, can you have a virtual adviser? How about a student at a brick-and-mortar school. What’s the key to having a virtual adviser? From early availability, to course decisions and filing actual paperwork,…

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What You Need To Know About The Digital Skills Gap

The technological revolution is not working in the UK and some say that not enough children are getting the digital education they need to make it in college or a career. Girls, especially, are less likely to go into computer science and other STEM-related fields.  According to the latest annual Roehampton Annual Computing Education report, which analyzed the number of students who achieve GCSE and A-level computing qualifications in 2017, only 12 percent of all students chose to study computer science.  ICT, or Information and Communication Technology, will phase out of…

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Will E-Learning Eliminate Snow Days?

Ah, the joy. Waking up. Hoping, hoping to hear that your school is among the canceled due to snow. The snow day. But hold your breath. Snow days may be a thing of the past.  According to The Washington Post, a South Carolina school district just abolished snow days, requiring its students to attend virtual learning sessions. While students can still attend in their pajamas, gone for them are the snow days of cartoon marathons, forts, and cocoa in the afternoons.  Anderson County School District 5 announced that they are the…

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e-Learning Or eLearning? Confusion: It’s All In A Word

Technology in its simplest terms could refer to pen and paper, but we generally understand the application of IT or ICT when talking about eLearning. However, definitions of what constitutes ‘eLearning’ vary. The industry itself can’t seem to agree on a name? Is It e-Learning Or eLearning? The funny thing about semantics is that a clarity can be defined. For those of us in corporate Learning and Development, defining ‘educational technology’ isn’t at all that easy. For example, what is e-learning and what should we call it? Two distinct questions…

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Traditional Learning Vs. Online Learning

The article talks about the differences between classroom/traditional learning vs. online learning. Even today there is a vast number of people who are hesitant to try out unconventional learning methods. In this article, we try to investigate the differences between the two. Traditional Learning Vs. Online Learning: Differences, Advantages, And Disadvantages These days online courses/training have become extremely popular, as more and more institutes and companies are offering courses online. However, despite the popularity of online education, vast groups of people consciously stay away from such methods, mostly due to…

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4 Skills that Prepare You for Digital Leadership

Think of the explorers in the Wild West, who faced a new frontier. They had no idea what to expect, faced unknown obstacles, and had limited supplies. What did they have? They had gumption. They had drive. They had ambition and grit. They pushed forward, making mistakes, asking questions, and doing the best they could to survive in a world new to them. Here we are again on a new frontier, only this time we’re not in covered wagons. We’re on the edge of the digital landscape. In this age…

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Why Indigenous Studies Matter for Natural Sciences Students

For many years, indigenous people and issues were not only disregarded, but also largely invisible in education. However, as the importance of their impact and influence is increasingly asserted, this is rapidly changing. One area were indigenous studies offer unique value? The natural sciences. Here’s a closer look at what students in the natural sciences can gain from indigenous studies. Native Knowledge, New Perspectives Natural sciences are those that deal with the physical world. In addition to the physical sciences like physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology, they also include life…

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Everything You Need to Know About Learning Styles

Are you a visual learner, an aural learner, a read/write learner, or a kinesthetic learner? Or are there no such things as “learning styles,” after all? While the proposition that we all learn differently has been around for a while, scientists are still trying to understand the degree to which learning styles matter — or if they even exist at all. Here’s a closer look at what we known about learning styles, along with what all of it means for online learners. A Theory… New Zealand school inspector Neil Fleming…

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To stay in the game universities need to work with tech companies

The world of higher and professional education is changing rapidly. Digitally-enabled learning, in all its forms, is here to stay. Over the last five years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have enabled universities to share their expertise with millions across the world. This shows how rapidly developing digital technologies can make learning accessible. These new technologies are shaking up traditional classrooms, too. And as the nature of work changes professionals are turning to high level, online courses to keep pace with new demands. But much of this new technology is…

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