Distance Learning Assessments in Virtual Classrooms
With distance learning being the norm these days there are many questions regarding its effectiveness on student mastery. Many Higher Education Leaders are beginning the discussion around distance learning by asking relevant questions such as, “How are schools going to meet state requirements”, and “Are the students learning the content needed to be successful while taking courses online?” On many occasions these discussions lead to a conversation about the administration of virtual assessments to assess student mastery. Due to COVID-19, a waiver was put in place to alleviate some of the stress that districts might experience when trying to meet state requirements. As stated by the U.S. Department of Education (fact sheet dated March 12, 2020, on Section: 8401 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. & 786)), Secretary Betsy DeVos has the authority to grant a 1-year waiver to schools that apply for the release. A waiver would provide some flexibility to schools, districts, and state public education systems closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic with statutory parameters.
What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning
Without a doubt personal and meaningful learning has the ability to create lasting impressions in education. Beyond the rigid test-driven climate of most schools today, Genius hour gives students space to learn and achieve knowledge with little influence, rules, or boundaries. This type of less organized, less formal, and definitely far from organized learning is very different from what we are often accustomed to. In fact, organized learning is the opposite of what Genius hour is. Genius hour is a planned period of time where students are allotted the space, resources, and the audience to create and imagine freely while learning. It is characterized by its lack of specific rules and dependence on students’ intrinsic motivators. It is learning that is centered around the students and their interests. This blog will explore Genius hour and the assumption that if given time and space students will achieve mastery through self-directed learning while creating purposeful and personal connections to their own creations.
Feedback: Receiving, Seeking, and Giving Effective Feedback
Living in today’s society has its challenges. As of late, with the pandemic you may feel like you are living in a bubble, however, this is a perfect time to pause and ask yourself some serious questions. How well do you seek, receive, and provide feedback? Have you ever found the act of asking for or providing feedback uncomfortable? Asking for or providing feedback isn’t always easy and it might cause anxiety for some people but it’s essential to your personal and professional development. Feedback forces you to consider what must change in order to become the best version of yourself. When you receive feedback, you will learn more about yourself than you thought you already knew. You will also be able to grow personally and professionally, at a faster rate than you would if you chose not to seek and receive feedback from others. With preparation, the relevant information you gain by seeking feedback from others will support your growth. Feedback is an element that will help you move to the next level if you are willing to listen and ready to change. This week’s blog will provide you with tips on asking for feedback to support your growth and give you the opportunity to provide us with feedback so that we can grow and expand our content, audience, and influence in the world of education.
34 Educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.
COVID-19 has hit the U.S. and we are all feeling its effects. The lives of many have been uprooted due to this virus, and as a result people are trying to adapt however they can. One industry that has especially been disrupted is education. Teachers and students have been forced to switch to online learning so that they complete the school year without causing any further disruptions. With these changes often having to happen in a short time period, teachers are constantly looking for tools to make the best of online learning. This blog will provide 34 educational resources for teachers during COVID-19 distance learning.
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