Category: Pedagogy

Learning from Educators about Virtual Learning Practices

Frequent questions are asked about teaching and learning through virtual, blended, and hybrid models. While viewpoints may vary on how each of these models are defined, they all share an expectation to serve learners who attend remotely. Those who attend in-person can also benefit from the tools and structures provided in the virtual environment when …

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Milanote – Review of a Collaboration Tool

by Guest Blogger, Dagan McCarthy @DaganMcCarthy Milanote (https://milanote.com) is an interesting tool that allows for creating and sharing outlines with groups of people. It is sort of like Google Doc in that way. Milanote is intuitive allowing for you to hit the ground writing such as its whiteboard at: https://www.milanote.com/product/online-whiteboard. Within five minutes of working …

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Exploring ways to Keep LEARNERS at the Center of Instruction & Learning

Learning takes on many forms. Offering a mixed approach helps learners to explore from different contexts. This is why we’ve explored previously resources that support Open Education Resources (OER) that provides a treasure trove of rich quality material for instruction to be used, revised, and remixed with full rights to do so. Also, we’ve looked …

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Differentiation Design Guide

By John McCarthy – Twitter: @JMcCarthyEdS Planning for Differentiation can feel challenging and overwhelming. Having written on this topic numerous times, a common concern raised by teachers is how complex it appears to plan for six elements: Instructional Planning: Content, Process, and Product Learner Access: Readiness, Interests, and Learning Preferences   Planning should not be …

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Free and Open Educational Resources for Digital and Face to Face learning

Working with students in blended and virtual environments can be challenging. This is especially the case when resources for academics are limited. There are sites by different organizations and Teachers-Pay-Teachers that offer resources at a fee. But why should teachers pay for resources when there is a global library of lessons, activities, and academic material …

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Online Professional Learning Courses & Registration Open

Announcing a collaboration with Teaching Times on offering rich online professional Masterclass Webinars to meet your professional needs. Teaching Times  is a publisher of articles and resources for supporting educators across the globe. John McCarthy will be teaching two topics that include a series of webinars.  Through these opportunities you will have the experience of …

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Caravan of Knowledge – STEM through PBL

Welcome to Caravan of Knowledge! This special event occurs in Kazakhstan to support innovative practices in teaching and learning. Through this event, teachers from all over Kazakhstan are exploring and planning ways to implement powerful practices that bring alive STEM and Project Based Learning experiences so that students build agency skills and take the lead …

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Empower Student Voice through Collaboration and Communication

When my son was a 9th grader, he was on a team with a student who struggled with completing tasks. After a week, my son shared the team’s frustrations, as they felt helpless to convince the student to move past excuses and make attempts at the work. Fortunately, the teaching staff trained students on a …

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“Why should I care?” – Learning with a Purpose using Authentic Learning Experiences

“Why should I care?” This is the question that educators must address, as the answers can determine the level of engagement by students for curriculum experiences. The best answers are not explanations but learning experiences that are authentic to the learners’ world beyond the classroom. In Michigan, 1st and 2nd graders design and maintain a …

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Student Voice: Making Learning Happen

by John McCarthy, EdS – Follow on Twitter When it comes to learning, involving the learner is important. Reflect on how you learn best. Having a say so as to align or customize the experiences is something that most of us prefer. Why would our students feel any different. These resources below are part of …

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