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MOOCs have been around for three years, marked by the
release of a Stanford University class on Artificial Intelligence. Over 180,000
students signed up for the class, but did this really start a revolution in
education? If you look at the 8 million students who signed up for MOOCs, there
is evidence to the contrary. Research shows that only ½ of the students who
signed up for the class, accessed or watched even one lecture video. The completion
rate was only 4%, albeit that is 320,000 people who completed courses. However,
most of the people who signed up, already had college degrees. This shows that
the learning community has yet to accept MOOCs as an option.
Online learning in general, the author notes, has solved
a problem of access to education. However, the problem with online courses, in
general, is engagement. Research still has not determined whether or not online
learning is more effective than classroom learning. The author notes such
distractions as Netlfix being a click away. But can we reach the goal of
affordable online education? The author notes that strides are being made to
provide online students with mentorship, retention marketing, and new forms of
I really like the mentorship, as online learning can seem
a bit streamlined and impersonal. By providing teacher praise and student
specific constructive feedback, motivation levels in the student may increase.
I also really like the idea of new forms of learn-by-doing. Online courses seem
to expect that the student must be able to learn by watching videos, reading,
and taking tests. In this day and age, if that was all a teacher was doing that
teacher would be rejected by his peers and administrators. How can we make
online courses more interactive The author suggests tools like Minecraft for
education or Oculus. Those are both a good place to start. My favorite quote
from this article is:
“The future of online learning isn’t about accessibility:
it’s about taking what we already know works offline and combining it with what
you can only do online to create the most engaging experience. “
I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. This is what
online learning in our district should look like. It is great that teachers
have started to post their lectures and model examples online. What needs to
happen is teachers posting review games, interactives, online chats with
students, and so on. Yes, Desmos would be an interactive tool! There needs to
be more that students can interact with and respond to, rather than the
multiple choice test at the end of a video.
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Now with the updated link.
Add-ins, similar to Google's Apps for Education Add-ons, add more features to Microsoft Office products. These are usually developed by other parties rather than by Microsoft.
Google sheets is a very powerful, although a bit basic when compared with the industry standard Microsoft Excel. Google Sheets Add-ons add some of the advanced features of other spreadsheet programs into Sheets. These add-ons have allowed me to completely move away from Excel for all data entry.
We ...selected for you the 8 most popular applications there. Using these add-ons will enable you to: Create graphs and forms and write complex math in your sheetsCreate and modify a planning schedule for project management in a spreadsheet; easily scaffold, manage and assess students projects in Google Drive...see the article below for more http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2017/07/8-google-sheets-add-ons-every-teacher.html
Olivia is currently enrolled part-time in one of the most unique high school models in the country. Where many schools struggle with ever-expanding student-teacher ratios, Futures Academy, a California network of private schools serving middle- and high schoolers, follows a distinctly personalized model: Every class in every subject has one teacher and only one student. The model takes an eyebrow-raising twist on one-to-one instruction, which in many education circles has come to refer to one computer for every student.
This sounds like a discussion I have had many times with other educators when talking about school models and how to improve schools. "What if every student had their own teacher?" It is an intriguing idea that, on the surface, sounds like the ideal learning environment. However, most times I have discussed this, the conversation usually ends up saying that sma…