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Melizza Rios

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An All-in-One Solution Boosts Engagement for Learners

Posted by Melizza Rios on Jun 3, 2021 4:30:00 PM

Fairland Primary School (Fairland Laerskool), a government primary school in Johannesburg, South Africa, strives to unlock every student’s potential and help them develop as successful independent learners. To do this, staff must have the tools needed to provide quality education. While looking for alternative solutions to aging classroom technology, Fairland decision-makers were introduced to the Clevertouch interactive touchscreen displays.

Francois Pienaar, Fairland Primary School IT Manager, knew they had found the innovative solution needed for their Math and Science classrooms. Stated Pienaar, “We chose Clevertouch because it is an all-in-one solution. With the built-in android device, teachers do not require anything else to teach. With Clevertouch, they are able to walk into the classroom and teach immediately.”

What are a few other key features of the Clevertouch interactive touchscreen display?

  • Super Glide Touch technology for a fluid writing experience that can differentiate between palm-erase, fingertouch, and stylus-writing
  • Cleverstore gives educators access to hundreds of free teaching apps to make lessons engaging, including Math and Science apps. In addition, there are no ongoing subscriptions!
  • Cloud drives can be synced with displays so that teachers can work from anywhere and share content from any device, a key feature when health and safety of staff and students are a concern

Pienaar declared, “We highly recommend the Clevertouch display.”

For more on how Fairland Primary School utilizes Clevertouch interactive displays, read the case study here.

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Topics: interactive flat panel display, Case Studies, Clevertouch

The Virtual Classroom - What Is It?

Posted by Melizza Rios on Jun 25, 2020 8:45:00 AM

It seems that in just a few months, anyone interested in or having to do with education is trying to understand the differences between distance learning, online learning, blended learning, flipped learning, virtual learning…you get the idea. Many of these terms have been used interchangeably with similar descriptions, but there are differences. For example, what’s the difference between a virtual learning environment and a virtual classroom? Then, once a difference has been identified…so what?

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Topics: distance learning, distance teaching, virtual classroom, online learning

Wanted: A Blended Learning Platform for the New School Year

Posted by Melizza Rios on Jun 24, 2020 9:45:00 AM

How many of us have heard the terms “distance teaching,” “online learning,” “virtual classroom,” “blended learning”, or “hybrid learning” more in the past few months than they have in the past few years? Teachers, how many of you had to use multiple sites, systems, and platforms to close out the year? Besides the challenges of teaching from home, many teachers also had to deal with the online programs that had been implemented at the beginning of the school year and “flip the switch” for the rest of the school year. Not to mention the difficulties of helping their students virtually, or through other means when remote learning was not possible (due to lack of internet access and/or web-enabled devices). I’m sure we can all agree that the end of the school year couldn’t have come soon enough.

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Topics: blended learning, MimioConnect, blended learning platform

The Value of Social-Emotional Learning at Home

Posted by Melizza Rios on Jun 18, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Our children are experiencing a time in history that’s unique to us all. They have had limited connection with their teachers, classmates, and friends. They are seeing and hearing events on the news and in social media that can cause feelings of anxiety and fear. They might not be able to handle or process the emotions that are bubbling up. With more and more time spent on devices, our children – regardless of age – struggle with skills such as cooperation, conflict resolution, managing thoughts, and problem solving. Because of this, fostering social-emotional skills has been a focus in education since at least the 1990s.

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Topics: SEL, social emotional learning

5 Blended Learning Models to Consider Next Year

Posted by Melizza Rios on Jun 16, 2020 8:30:00 AM

It’s doubtful that you haven’t already heard of the concept of blended learning, or possibly have already implemented a blended learning model. But, just in case, this approach combines face-to-face learning with online learning experiences. Basically, blended learning changes what has been traditionally ‘front-of-class’ style of lesson delivery to incorporating digital tools and features to create a more interactive and engaging experience. Blended learning used to be a novel idea that some teachers saw as an innovative opportunity to explore, but it has become more necessary as learners – digital natives – spend more time creating and viewing content on web-enabled devices (think Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok).

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Topics: ed tech, education, blended learning, flipped classroom, virtual classroom, online learning

The Best Professional Development Program is Support

Posted by Melizza Rios on Jun 11, 2020 9:45:00 AM

At one time in my career, I engaged in, facilitated, and tried to stay awake through quite a few professional development sessions. Most were mandated and scheduled right before school started in the hopes that something would transform our practise so much that 100% of our students mastered all learning objectives in the school year. After a few weeks of teaching, many of us were overwhelmed and discouraged that all those exciting strategies and techniques didn’t work with every situation, every subject, or every student. I do not envy school leadership tasked with the responsibility of selecting and organising professional development each year.

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Topics: professional development, teacher training

12 Ways to Use G Suite to Support Maths Teaching and Learning

Posted by Melizza Rios on Jun 9, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Maths questions and story problems have the unique reputation of being the focus of many memes on how confusing they can be (Question: If you have 3 pencils and 6 oranges, how many clowns will fit in a car? Answer: Blue because ducks quack.). Now imagine a teacher repeating, reviewing, and restating terms and solution steps so that students finally understand. A scheduled one-hour lesson can easily take half a day! Now imagine that scenario in a virtual classroom. (I can already hear the crying…from teachers, students, and parents!) Thankfully, G Suite for Education has tools that can support Maths teaching and learning, while making the experience engaging, interactive, and successful.

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Topics: student engagement, distance learning, distance teaching, maths, teacher tips

Using Microsoft Teams for Class Collaboration

Posted by Melizza Rios on May 26, 2020 11:15:00 AM

As we have all learned recently, not only can teachers adapt well to change, but they can do it quickly! Having been accustomed to in-person interaction — roaming a classroom to check ongoing progress, meeting with small groups at the “round table” for personalised instruction, and generally just being able to be with their students -- shifting to a remote, distance teaching environment has been a challenge. Yet, millions of teachers have done so with an enthusiasm and grace that is astounding and admirable.

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Topics: microsoft 365 for education, distance learning, microsoft teams, distance teaching, teacher tips, ed tech, student learning

Assessment Tips for Distance Teaching

Posted by Melizza Rios on May 18, 2020 7:14:49 PM

Assessment isn’t a new idea or one limited to teaching. We assess daily – What is it that I like about this television programme and should I watch it again? What criteria will I look for in my next sofa purchase? What is my diet goal and how will I check my progress in meeting that goal? Learners of all ages are regularly assessing things like clothes, games, movies, even social media platforms according to a set of criteria.

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Topics: assessment, distance learning, distance teaching, teacher tips, ed tech, education

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