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POSITIVE PANDEMIC OUTCOMES IN EDUCATION AND EDTECH

POSITIVE PANDEMIC OUTCOMES IN EDUCATION AND EDTECH

A positive pandemic outcome in education is that teachers also report feeling much better prepared to teach remotely and in hybrid environments following the “trial-by-fire” this spring. Three-quarters of respondents said they were confident about taking on the challenges posed by the fall semester.

“Educators were forced to make quick, drastic changes last spring, and despite the disruption, our research shows their confidence in using and teaching with technology has increased,” said HMH CEO Jack Lynch, in a statement. “There is still concern about the fall and what our ‘new normal’ will be, but the marked increase in optimism is a testament to the resilience, adaptability and commitment of our nation’s teachers, and the clear realization we all have of how critical and central their jobs are to a thriving society.”

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4 BENEFITS OF GAMIFICATION IN THE ONLINE CLASSROOM

4 BENEFITS OF GAMIFICATION IN THE ONLINE CLASSROOM

There is a clear appetite for a daily dose of gaming excitement. As a result, teachers can capitalize on the same drive and passion for performing without losing any academic integrity in the virtual classroom.

Gamifying the learning experience is a significant trend, not least because young people are often more inclined to play games than devote time to their education. Crucially, gamification need not be complex. Educators can utilize existing gamified platforms or tweak their existing delivery methods. This could involve adding quizzes and badges, theming learning materials around different levels, and much more.

Anyone considering the possibility of adding gamification to their online learning routine should be encouraged to do so, and we present four great reasons to do just that.

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4 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVELY STUDYING FROM HOME

4 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVELY STUDYING FROM HOME

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One of the truly awesome things about the modern world, and the wide range of advanced digital technologies it offers, is the fact that it is now more possible than ever before for the average person to study just about whatever subject they want from the comfort of their own homes.

When all is said and done, education is meant to be a lifelong pursuit. It’s meant to be an avenue for us to deepen our understanding and awareness of the world, improve our abilities, and expand our possibilities. Of course, for many people, the idea of “education” or “studying” is tightly connected with the classroom, and doesn’t go much beyond that.

If you want to study a particular subject from home, there are certain things you should keep in mind if you want to ensure that your e-Learning experience ends up being as smooth and fruitful as possible. Here are a few tips for effectively studying a subject from home.

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HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN FACILITATE EARLY-STAGE EDUCATION

HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN FACILITATE EARLY-STAGE EDUCATION

We have long been aware that the early development of children’s social, emotional, and cognitive abilities is key for lifelong learning and wellbeing. However, lively debate continues regarding how to make use of technology when teaching children ten and younger.
Many educators and parents view early-stage education academically and, therefore, rigidly. For example, preschools often stuff curricula and day-to-day education with academic instructions that hone in sharply on a particular skill, such as reading, calculating, or solving textbook problems.

Rather than taking a skills-only approach with young learners, educators can adopt a teaching style that develops their natural willingness and curiosity to learn and study instead by integrating technology to facilitate learning experiences from a young age.
Let’s take a closer look at what is important in early-stage education and the tools that can help children develop a lifelong curiosity to learn.

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DEVOPS IS TRANSFORMING EDUCATION

DEVOPS IS TRANSFORMING EDUCATION

DevOps, the set of practices that combines software development and information technology operations, is beginning to transform teaching, learning, and research in higher education.

Many academic disciplines — and higher education institutions as a whole — have generally been slow to adopt DevOps. This lag can be due to a wide array of challenges, including a general lack of awareness inside academia of what DevOps is and how it can be used. Keeping pace with industry advancements and learning entirely new software and methodology is particularly challenging for faculty. Additionally, DevOps originated as a complex toolchain of individual software tools performing a specific group of functions, also called stages, that make up the DevOps lifecycle.

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OPEN DOOR TO ENGLISH

OPEN DOOR TO ENGLISH

BLENDED LEARNING IS PROVING MORE EFFECTIVE THAN TRADITIONAL EDUCATION

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Online learning remains unpopular amongst professors and even with the general public. While many work actively to promote the notion that an online setting can serve as an analog to in-person education, there’s a wholly less controversial use of digital technology being used in and out of the classroom. It calls for a blend of online and in-person education, and there’s growing evidence that it surpasses traditional methods. Blended learning has proven itself as not only a teaching strategy that allows greater flexibility, but one that is more effective than traditional methods.

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THE ROLE OF DIGITAL LEARNING IN THE POST-PANDEMIC COLLEGE CLASSROOM

THE ROLE OF DIGITAL LEARNING IN THE POST-PANDEMIC COLLEGE CLASSROOM

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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed colleges and universities to digital learning platforms at a faster rate than anyone could have anticipated. This not only shifted the classroom environment, but also changed how students and educators engage in the learning experience.

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more readily available, colleges are now focused on reopening campuses, determining what the future classroom will look like and how new online teaching methods and technologies will fit in. What can these institutions take away from a year of remote learning and what benefits can online learning and digital tools offer for the post-pandemic classroom?

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EMERGING TRENDS IN EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

EMERGING TRENDS IN EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

There is no doubt that the future of education will be greatly driven by technology. The new teaching tools are much more effective for the new generation of learners and educators as they appreciate the modern educational settings. Instead of spending time reading books in the traditional libraries, the millennials find it easier to learn on the go by staying tuned to the videos and tutorials online. Students that pursue this path are likely to gain knowledge and skills without staying restricted to the classroom environment. Moreover, even if we talk about the traditional classroom education system, that can also be improved with the addition of the latest technologies.

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OPEN DOOR TO ENGLISH

OPEN DOOR TO ENGLISH

WHY SCHOOLS ARE EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY

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There was a time not too long ago when schools had one computer per classroom and sometimes only three or four computers for the entire school. People would take turns learning the basics of how computers work and how they can use them for other tasks. As time has gone on, digital technology is now used as a part of everyday life. Schools around the world are now embracing technology and incorporating it into all aspects of education.

App developers have taken note. Subjects like reading, languages, math, and science can be complemented via educational apps.

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CLEARING THE PATH TO EQUITABLE EDUCATION

CLEARING THE PATH TO EQUITABLE EDUCATION

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Few would deny that education is the great equalizer; as a society, we have embraced the concept of education for all. What we haven’t yet figured out is the idea of equitable education for all — the key to giving all learners the skills they need to be successful, engaged, and productive.

Learning in the time of COVID-19 has given us an up-close view of the successes and failures of modern education, underscoring something we already knew — students’ success requires social and academic support. And that support is unevenly distributed.

What’s taking us so long? What’s in the way? How do we clear the path?

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LONGTERM ONLINE LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

LONGTERM ONLINE LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

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At this point, most colleges that have announced their plans for the spring are intending to continue their modality and residence choices from the fall. Many have brought students back to campus but are continuing most instruction online. Others have encouraged students to stay home. For students at colleges that have gone remote, that means they will likely experience over a year of online learning.

Research has shown that remote learning can be as good or better than in-person learning for the students who choose it. But thousands of students will soon be entering their third semester of remote instruction despite having self-selected for an in-person college experience.

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IS STORYTELLING MEDIUM-AGNOSTIC?

IS STORYTELLING MEDIUM-AGNOSTIC?

Generation Z is perhaps the first generation to have grown up without associating reading with printed books. For everyone who did not grow up with a digital device in their hands, books are the most natural thing when it comes to reading. That’s precisely why reading books remains of the utmost importance in our education system. Indeed, experts have measured greater cognitive mental stimulation and brain exercise through the process of reading. Additionally, reading improves communication skills as the more one reads, the more vocabulary and knowledge one can acquire. It also enhances writing abilities and focus, making it easier to convey a message. Creative individuals also note that reading books improves their imagination and overall sense of empathy, increasing emotional intelligence in the process.

However, it becomes essential to ask ourselves whether books are the key to those skills and abilities, or whether the storytelling process can create similar benefits outside of the printed pages. Indeed, there is more than one medium to share stories, and they all have their advantages.

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STUDENT DIGITAL READING HABITS DOUBLED IN 2020. WILL THIS TREND CONTINUE?

STUDENT DIGITAL READING HABITS DOUBLED IN 2020. WILL THIS TREND CONTINUE?

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For more than a decade, Renaissance has published the What Kids Are Reading report to help educators guide students to books they will love. Based on a sample of more than 7 million students across 26,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the report is one of the largest surveys of student reading habits in the world.

Before I share some of the key findings of What Kids Are Reading, it is worth taking a moment to answer the question: “Why does it matter what kids are reading outside of classwork?”

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STUDY SUGGESTS WHATSAPP AND GOOGLE DRIVE ENCOURAGE ACTIVE LEARNING AMONG STUDENTS

STUDY SUGGESTS WHATSAPP AND GOOGLE DRIVE ENCOURAGE ACTIVE LEARNING AMONG STUDENTS

recent study published by Frontiers in Education suggests that certain modern communicative applications, namely WhatsApp and Google Drive, can be just as effective a mode of communication between students and their instructors as face-to-face meetings. The study was conducted using a sample of 123 Spanish pre-service students, all of whom are studying to obtain their Educational Master’s Degree from the University of Granada, Spain.

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SEVEN WAYS TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

SEVEN WAYS TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

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There are a lot of great ways to learn a new language. Attending a class is a popular method.  But mobile devices, the internet, and digital technology in general have thrown the doors wide open on language learning. Even without a device or an internet connection, there are also a lot of simple exercises you can practice at home to improve your skills. Many of these tried-and-true methods are effective, but some of the best ways to learn a new language involve technology!

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HOW APIS HAVE IMPACTED ONLINE LEARNING

HOW APIS HAVE IMPACTED ONLINE LEARNING

Learning institutions have been looking for ways through which they can deliver high-quality education that is optimized to meet each students’ requirements at lower costs. This has largely contributed to the growth of online learning. Furthermore, with advancements in technology and changes in student demands, it is expected that the online learning industry will continue to grow.

The adoption of applications programming interfaces (APIs) has been a necessary aspect of this growth. They are programming interfaces that allow applications to communicate with each other and share information. When it comes to online learning, they offer features that allow two different software applications to exchange information.

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BUILDING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S LEARNING INNOVATION CAPABILITIES

BUILDING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S LEARNING INNOVATION CAPABILITIES

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If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that planning is only as good as an organization’s ability to adapt. The learning and education landscapes have shifted dramatically and technology has planned a critical role in connecting people and enabling learning experiences. While working with many organizations to re-thinking their education and learning programs, I noticed both an interest in capitalizing on the opportunities afforded by learning innovation and emerging technologies, but also a need to look to the future.

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E-LEARNING APP TRENDS DEFINING EDUCATIONAL APP DEVELOPMENT

E-LEARNING APP TRENDS DEFINING EDUCATIONAL APP DEVELOPMENT

e-Learning technology is an absolute game-changer in both corporate and academic learning. Organizations that choose to ignore these trends are unlikely to remain competitive for long.

Mobile learning apps can help businesses and schools offer high-quality education at a reduced cost, 24/7. The trends outlined in this article are expected to bring a massive change to the world of eLearning, both corporate and academic.

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ANALYSIS PREDICTS GROWTH OF THE GLOBAL ELEARNING MARKET

ANALYSIS PREDICTS GROWTH OF THE GLOBAL ELEARNING MARKET

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American and Indian market researchers recently predicted that the global e-learning market will grow strongly in the coming years. According to their predictions will reach a market value of 300 and 400 billion US dollars per year. The French market researcher, Report Linker, agrees with this analysis in its market study “Global E-Learning Industry” published in September 2020 and assumes an annual market value of 305.3 billion US dollars in 2025.

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ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF NEURODIVERSE LEARNERS DURING COVID-19

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF NEURODIVERSE LEARNERS DURING COVID-19

The 2020-2021 school year has been vastly different from any other on record. Students are not only experiencing different learning models with COVID-19, they are also themselves coping with social isolation and other potential strains at home. Many students are experiencing online learning five days per week, while others use a hybrid model. These approaches offer both synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Many students who are attending school five days per week have had to complete much of their assignments on a learning device.

All students are adjusting to these new ways of learning. Neurodiverse learners, such as those with ADHD, Tourette syndrome, or dyslexia can benefit from certain accommodations and supports to help them be successful.

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