An education technology company with literacy products has launched a free online tool to help teachers apply a blended learning model in their classrooms, whether they're running a 1-to-1 program or having students share devices. ThinkCERCA released the "Classroom Planning Tool" specifically to help users figure out how to implement its own software, but the models provided in the tool could really be used with other curricula as well.
College and opportunity have always been intertwined, yet the relationship can be paradoxical. Education has been called the silver bullet to poverty. As an extension of that, higher education can be assumed to offer egalitarian opportunity. David Leonhardt’s article titled “America’s Great Working-Class Colleges” gives me pause about this relationship, and, as always, technology both solves and exacerbates the problem.
The global online tutoring market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 14% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report. In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global online tutoring market for 2017-2021. By type of courses offered, this market is divided into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and language segments.
How can one dislike educational technology but also love online learning? Simple. Technology has - at least until now - been more of a force for ill than for good in higher education. Our edtech tribe has consistently over-promised and under-delivered on the potential and benefits of technology. We have done too little to put the educator at the center of our efforts.
Currently pursuing a master's degree in horticultural sciences at North Carolina State University -- Raleigh, Ammons juggles her education with raising her children. Luckily, she says, she can enroll on a part-time basis, often completing about seven credit hours each term. But experts say online programs vary in how they structure their academic calendars and course schedules for each term - an important consideration for online students, who are also often busy with a job or family responsibilities.
Kaswell -- now in his tenth year teaching at MS 88, a large middle school in the South Slope section of Brooklyn -- has always been drawn to combining face-to-face instruction with online learning. But now he’s implementing a particularly intense approach to it, known as personalized learning. His seventh-graders set their own learning goals and focus on mastering skills and knowledge via a combination of online resources (such as BrainPOP and Kahn Academy) and painstaking guidance and support from a team of teachers.
Looking closer at students’ MOOC habits, researchers found that some people quit watching within the first few minutes. Many others were merely “grazing,” taking advantage of the technology to quickly log in, absorb just the morsel they were hunting for, and then log off as soon as their appetite was satisfied. Most of those who did finish a MOOC were accomplished learners, many with advanced degrees.
Online education's flexibility is ideal for those seeking a career change. For prospective online students, it's important to consider what employers think about job applicants who didn't earn a degree in a classroom setting.
Teaching online can even be a dangerous career move, departing from the comfortable respectability of conventional classrooms for the exotic, suspicious digital world. In the hierarchy of status, if you teach online, do you compromise your position? Will your commitment to scholarship be questioned? Why would you go online when your future depends on publishing results of your research, not engaging in virtual instruction?