Category: resources

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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Three ways to Build Student-Centric Engagement in Virtual and Blended Learning

Engaging students in virtual and blended learning can feel challenging and overwhelming. When students feel connected to the learning, they are more likely to engage into the tasks. One approach is to build structures where students make active decisions and take actions during the lessons, which is the focus of this writing. For ways to …

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Making Differentiation Productive: A Planning Guide

Differentiation can be challenging and fruitful if done with planful intention. Below is a guide for bring forth more success in your work to meet the needs of ALL learners by ensuring that learning experiences have these elements or components. Post or tweet your questions or ideas to @JMcCarthyEdS Core Steps for Planning Differentiation List …

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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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PBL Resources to Build and Sharpen Practice

I was asked recently for some recommendations for books and articles to read about Project Based Learning. Sharing the list, I thought it would be beneficial to share the same list to everyone. This is not an exhaustive list. The intent is to provide one to give a range of access from those just starting …

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Managing Innovative Authentic Learning Experiences

Follow on Twitter @JMcCarthyEdS and subscribe to this website and the Youtube Channel for access to the latest in instructional design and developing and empowering Student Voice. ********* Planning and implementing innovative learning experiences at the unit design level can feel like a daunting task. If you’re reading this then I applaud your courage and …

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Learning through Pokemon Go – 15+ Resources

When Pokemon Go launched it created quite a buzz that continues to resonate. As an extension to my article, Pokemon Go… and Global Success Skills? via Edutopia, here are some resources to learn more about the game itself and possible uses for publication and other Authentic Learning Experiences for students. I’ll be adding to this list periodically. …

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Formative Assessments for Innovative Instruction & Learning

Assessment is a major topic that teachers discuss when implementing innovative instruction, such as PBL or Authentic Learning Experiences (ALE). When the PBL/ALE unit starts at the beginning of your instruction, students do better. Makes your use of assessment stronger. PBL/ALE “after” a unit is dessert, which makes learning difficult. Here are some sources for …

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