Several technology-driven trends are disrupting education systems around the world. Together, these trends are offering innovative solutions for a flawed system and contributing to more impactful learning experiences.
For a variety of reasons, families like the Northups have turned to virtual schools for greater flexibility and individualization than a traditional brick-and-mortar school can provide. In Central Louisiana parishes, at least 337 students are served by virtual learning programs, according to enrollment numbers provided by LAVCA and University View Academy.
Efforts to improve mobile learning, boost broadband capacity, and tighten cybersecurity are the three top priorities in 2017 for educational technology leaders in K-12 school systems, according to a new survey by the Consortium for School Networking, which represents school district chief technology officers around the country.
New research reveals that many adults suffer from a “digital readiness” gap that impacts their preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for online learning. U.S. adults fall along a spectrum of digital readiness, ranging from those who are fairly prepared to those who are relatively hesitant, according to Digital Readiness Gaps, a new report from the Pew Research Center.
For college students, taking classes virtually offers the opportunity to learn flexibly - whenever and wherever they want. Though lack of social interaction has been a concern, online education has helped to foster some big innovations in collaboration at universities.
When choosing an online degree program, make sure the technologies available for learning fit in with your daily life and will benefit, not hinder, your education experience. Here are three things prospective online students should look for or consider using when it comes to technology to ensure they can access online courses on the go.
"The ground underneath flipped learning is shifting," said Jon Bergmann, co-founder of FLGI, in a press release. "Over the last 12 months, we've been following several developments that we think require every professional involved in flipped learning to update their understanding, recalibrate their thinking and adopt a new stance toward flipped learning.
According to a Columbia University study, students do not choose to take online courses for "a superior learning experience" and instead most students take what they consider “easy” online classes.
New study reveals that collaboration is still not a prevalent online learning habit; mobile phones have yet to be used for serious learning. According to the report, which surveyed students and teachers ranging from secondary to postgraduate levels, the biggest online learning trends encompassed behaviors in collaborative learning, mobile learning, types of subjects studied, active learning patterns, and differences in learning and teaching styles.
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.