student engagement

Students Create a Pop-Up Makerspace at a Domestic Violence Shelter

We pulled up to a building, which looked like a storefront from the outside. As we entered, anxiety set in—at least for me. The inside had a factory aesthetic, with old furniture strewn about and folding tables arranged in the center of the room. One of our mantras is “anywhere can be a makerspace,” so I started repeating those words in my mind but it didn’t help, I was distressed. Then I looked around the room and realized that my students had a different view. They saw endless possibilities.

Your Device Rollout Isn’t About Hardware—It’s About Engagement

For anyone involved in education, the importance of engagement is clear. And the need for both student engagement and buy-in cannot be overstated when it comes to device rollout.

How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos

Jadrian Wooten remembers professors instructing him to check out DVD clips from the library when he was an undergrad. Today, as an associate teaching professor of economics at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, Wooten is on the flip side of the camera; he creates his own short educational videos to enhance traditional reading materials and lectures. “Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. “And they like to use video to get foundational information super fast.”

Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know

Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know by Terry Heick Ed note: This has been updated from a 2014 post by the author The above image comes from a presentation from Jesse Stommel , an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison. And it makes an interesting point. ‘Not knowing’ is an awkward but precise label for the […]

In These Divisive Times, Program Pairs Students with Refugees Around the World

In Jill Armstrong’s social studies classes, when students learn about other countries, they don’t just learn from textbooks and news articles, which she says can seem abstract and elusive to teenagers. Armstrong, who teaches at a high school in Eastern Kentucky, likes to weave in “that human aspect, because it makes it more real,” she says.

This Teacher Makes Financial Literacy Personal for Students

Jacqueline Prester was a self-proclaimed hustler in middle school. Mowing lawns, babysitting—she took the initiative to earn her own money. But she was also a responsible moneymaker, using the envelope system to budget every cent before she knew it was an actual budgeting strategy. Back then, her friends rolled their eyes when she tried to share her financial savvy.

How to Build Meaningful Community for Online Learners #DLNchat

Learning is often a social process, taking place through dialogue, discussion and other forms of interpersonal interaction. Even when it happens individually, having a supporting community can provide learners with the motivation and opportunities for applying and connecting knowledge.With more and more students learning remotely, the #DLNchat community set out last week to answer the question: How can universities create meaningful community for online students?

How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture

Over winter break in 2015, I found myself scouring the internet for career alternatives that would take me out of the classroom. I was in my fifth year of teaching at Forest Ridge, an independent all-girls school serving students in grades 5-12 in Bellevue, Wash., and I was feeling isolated in a room with students who didn’t seem to want to engage with my class, despite all my efforts to bring enthusiasm and passion to my work.

A Student Improved a Classroom Tech Solution—So the Company Hired Him

Tom Sargent, the information technology administrator at the King David School outside of Melbourne, had seen students try to tweak the school’s technology systems before. But when 10th grader Dean Levinson approached him with an idea to enhance their recently installed wireless screen-mirroring and video streaming technology from Vivi, it may have been the first time a kid had actually asked before he hacked.

For Today’s Kids, Playing Nintendo in the Classroom Isn’t Just a Dream

All those ‘90s kids who used to try sneaking their Game Boys into class and playing discreetly under their desks—to no avail, of course—may soon be feeling like they were born in the wrong decade.The gaming devices aren’t being treated as contraband anymore, at least not in the 100 K-12 schools that have welcomed Nintendo products into their classrooms this year to help students develop collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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