Digital literacy is not a new term. It’s not a buzzword that will fade away in a few years, it is a critical part of teaching learners the skills they need to be successful. Most of us interact with a computer of some sort on a daily basis. From the smartphone in your pocket to the desktop at work, computers are everywhere, and everyone needs to know how to use them to find, evaluate, understand and share information in a variety of formats and from an array of sources.
The Hapara team was on the ground in the exhibit hall at iNACOL’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium last week to talk about our brand new Analytics product and to meet with educators from around the country.
We talk to teachers and educators every day, but attending conferences like iNACOL really amplifies their conversations and reveals some of the big trends happening in K12 education. Below are the top 4 topics we heard trending at iNACOL 2016.
Districts around the country are making the transition to digital learning in order to better prepare their learners to be active participants in a digital-first world. When schools make the switch effectively, technology can be a cognitive tool that provides learners with differentiated learning experiences and teachers with the ability to adapt instruction based on feedback, all leading to greater, measurable achievement (Weston & Bain, 2010).
Ideally, all learners will be able to use web based learning environments responsibly and safely. But as educators, it can be scary to give learners full autonomy in the digital world - not only are they easily distracted and taken off task, we also want to make sure they’re not engaging in risky behaviour or viewing materials that are inappropriate for school.
Topics: Cloud Based Learning
Products like Microsoft Office 365 Education and OneNote can help students transition from the traditional world of notebooks and binders into a digital learning environment. But what’s the real value in making this switch?
ISTE 2016 is almost here! We’re super excited to meet with teachers from around the world next week in Denver, but we also know that ISTE can be a little overwhelming. So, here are our tips and tricks for making ISTE an awesome learning adventure.
“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that learners lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income learners.
Offering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task. There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles.