With almost a year of considerable use of education technology, including web-enabled devices, large-screen interactive panel displays, video conferencing software, learning management systems, and web cameras, the need to keep students safe is greater. At the beginning of the school year, most schools made sure parents and students signed some type of Acceptable Use Agreement for online learning and digital resources to ensure a safe learning environment. What are general safety reminders and expectations teachers and parents need to make sure of?
The Brussels School Group (Belgium, Europe) is made up of 100 schools and offices, over 27,000 students, and over 4,500 staff. This large and diverse group was interested in replacing their interactive displays and projectors with an ed tech solution that was not only state-of-the-art, but also easier to manage and service. They also were looking for an educational technology solution that sparked both teacher and student engagement and motivation.
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that teachers are incredibly resilient, resourceful, and ready to move forward. Besides working through a pandemic, whether in-class with stringent safety precautions or remotely while also dealing with personal responsibilities, teachers have proven that they are willing to make the effort. Why? There’s a lot of heart in the teaching profession. Many teachers will say that they derive joy from seeing their students’ eyes light up when they understand a new concept or are excited by a hands-on project. Being in a classroom, teachers are able to work closely with students, observe how they collaborate with one another, and celebrate achievements as a class. But with what seems like the unending concerns over health and safety, learning loss and closing gaps, and the social-emotional well-being of their students, teachers need more than a “Good job!” and “Keep going!” What can Head Teachers and Principals do so that teachers feel like they’re being seen, heard, and supported?
Hull College (U.K.) was determined to work through a bold 5-year development plan to revamp its technology. The college was faced with trying to find the right immersive and inclusive classroom technology for adoption across multiple sites. John Bayes, Director of ICT Services, knew that after a few demonstrations of the Clevertouch® solution, they found what was needed. Bayes commented, “We tried and tested the top manufacturers and quickly realised Clevertouch gave us the most value for our investment.”
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day that recognises the rights of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What is ASD? It is a developmental disorder that can cause people to behave, communicate, interact, and learn in different ways than most others. As more children are diagnosed with ASD, teachers need to be prepared to teach them using a variety of strategies and tools including educational technology. Read some tips for supporting your students with ASD in the classroom.
Teachers worldwide are working under incredible conditions to “normalise” the learning experience for their students. This means extra hours creating interactive lessons, planning a simplified scope and sequence of lessons, and for schools with hybrid learning situations deciding which materials will be used for asynchronous learning and ones for synchronous sessions. Combine this with trying to balance their personal lives, and more teachers have admitted to experiencing burnout early on in this past school year. Of course, the availability of education technology for helping teachers teach and students learn is plentiful but dizzying – there’s so much out there! Before making a selection, let’s look at what teachers have found successful for remote and hybrid learning.
Computer Support Specialists usually work in an organisation’s Information Technology (IT) department. They assist the staff and customers with analysing, troubleshooting, and evaluating computer and network problems.
The San Agustín de Bilbao Center for Higher Studies (Spain) wanted to ensure the safety of their teachers and students by moving towards a blended learning model for the 2020-21 school year. They wanted to continue providing quality instruction and understood that the blended model in a hybrid learning environment would guarantee constant interaction between teachers and students.
March 18th is Global Recycling Day and this year’s theme is ‘Recycling Heroes’ to recognise those who demonstrate the critical role that recycling plays. This includes what these recycling heroes do to help keep the environment clean and balanced. By recycling, we help decrease the need for collecting and processing non-renewable resources like coal and oil, and raw materials like trees. All these activities contribute to the pollution of our air and water, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions thus affecting the climate. Recycling saves energy and reduces the hazardous effects of greenhouse gases such as the continued rise of global temperatures, melting ice caps, and the increased danger of wildfires. Really, we all could be recycling heroes by the actions we take. Here are activities to try with your class, even in a hybrid learning environment:
World Poetry Day will be celebrated on March 21, 2021 and now is a perfect time to incorporate poetry lessons in your classrooms. Established in 1999 by UNESCO, the purpose of World Poetry Day is to promote poetry reading, writing, and teaching, as well as encourage the relationship between poetry and the other arts such as dance, music, painting, and theater. What are some elements of poetry study to remember? Poems can rhyme, but don’t have to. Poems can be broken into stanzas, which are like paragraphs, or they can be as short as a few syllables per line. There are different types of poems such as ballads, free verse, haikus, limericks, and sonnets. There are poets and poems to research from every century in history, with the earliest poetry believed to predate written language to concrete poems that arrange words into a shape.