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August 13, 2021

The beautifully unclear future of educational technology

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The beautifully unclear future of educational technology

By Nikki Herta, Thursday, August 12, 2021 10:34 AM

 

Meet Sarah Wood, an educational technology consultant for Kent Intermediate School District, who shares her reflections on the recent history, current state, and beautifully unclear future of technology in the classroom.

 

 

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August 5, 2021

How can we go beyond requirements & take pressure out of learning?

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How can we go beyond requirements & take pressure out of learning?

By Nikki Herta, Wednesday, August 4, 2021 4:47 PM

 

Meet Erin Carlson, an English teacher at Sandusky Jr./Sr. High School who shares her journey in creating requirement-free learning opportunities for her students.

 

 

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July 30, 2021

Bringing big ideas to life with design thinking

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Bringing big ideas to life with design thinking

By Nikki Herta, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:47 PM

 

Meet David Byron, director of innovation strategy at Sundberg-Ferar, a product innovation studio in Walled Lake, who explains how the tried & true process of design thinking can help students and adults alike in solving complicated problems, such as the many and multifaceted issues facing the field of education today.

 

 

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July 24, 2021

Why are schools making learning student-centered?

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Why are schools making learning student-centered?

By Christa Green, Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:27 AM

 

While the more traditional teacher-centered model of education does work for some students, it does not work for all.

 

 

How might artificial intelligence change the way we teach?

By Nikki Herta, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 1:14 PM

 

Meet Lou Aronson, the CEO and founder of a company called Discourse Analytics. He shares his perspective on how artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the way we teach and learn.

 

 

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July 9, 2021

4 differences between traditional teaching methods and competency-based education

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4 differences between traditional teaching methods and competency-based education

By Nikolas McGehee, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 3:38 PM

 

What is competency-based education, and why are so many schools making the switch? Competency-Based Education (CBE) is a student-centered method that allows students to work asynchronously on their skills and show mastery in many different ways. This method differs from simply passing a summative assessment or exam. In a competency-based classroom, students have choices and… Read more

 

 

What is human-centered design?

By David Byron, Friday, July 2, 2021 3:01 PM

 

Human-centered design is focused, action-oriented, and most of all, empathetic. Its tenets are similar to what it takes to be a good educator. Learn about the correlation between good human-centered design and education. Human-centered design educates Human-centered design improves an experience by employing empathetic activities to solve a functional problem with a desired emotional result… Read more

 

 

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