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Using Failed Assessments to Coach Students in an Online Learning Environment
5.25.2016, Contributor: Kelli Hicks, FuelEd teacher
My Own Learning Coach
When I was in college, I worked part-time as a custodian cleaning one of the buildings on campus. One of our responsibilities was to clean and polish the hard-tile floors in the long hallways. There were three levels of floors, and each one had a different machine with varying levels of difficulty that was used to clean it.
The first six months I worked at this building, my supervisor, James, always had me work the burnisher on the main floor. After six months, he decided it was time to teach me how to buff the other two floors. He took me to the top level and showed me the intricacies of working the buffer.
James was confident I could run this machine. Immediately, I began to lose control of the buffer. I could hear James yelling over the roar of the engine, “PUT YOUR WEIGHT INTO IT!” After denting a radiator along the wall of the hallway, I let go of the handles, stopping the machine. I simply didn’t weigh enough to counteract the spinning pad. James took over the buffing of that level that day and sent me back down to burnish the main floor…
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Well-Deserved Recognition for a School That Transforms Students into Confident, Enthusiastic Learners
5.19.2016In this post of Learning Outside the Lines, we are proud to spotlight the winner of Fuel Education’s 2016 Transformation Award. Each year, we recognize schools that are transforming education for their students through innovative online and blended learning programs.
This year’s winner is a school in Idaho’s Bonneville Joint School District that offers a personalized, flexible learning structure for K–8 students that enables them to have a successful academic experience from the comfort of their own homes.
Student Transformation Spotlight
In the fall of 2015, nine-year old Gabe enrolled at Bonneville Online School (BOS)with a medical diagnosis of ADHD and dyslexia, as well as behavioral issues with his previous brick-and-mortar school. After initially being placed in grade-level curriculum, his learning coach—his mother—immediately realized that his reading and other learning skills were well below grade level. Gabe felt defeated by the learning process and his motivation to learn was low…
Can Games Increase Student Success?
Games are a fun, interactive way to teach students. They can also help encourage students who are otherwise disengaged learners. When students feel a sense of competition and urgency, they become motivated to learn concepts so they can advance further into the game.
To be an effective teaching tool, games need to explain, expand, or reinforce academic concepts or assist players in developing specific skills. The most effective games have defined learning outcomes and help players apply what they’ve learned to real-world situations.
Games should require students to actively participate and use the skills being taught through play. This high-participation level isn’t hard to achieve with young learners today who have grown up playing technology-based games.
Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning
Both gamification and game-based learning can be effective tools in the classroom. But what’s the difference between them?
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