Tag: learning

Adapting Assessment to Personal Learning

The shift to online learning calls upon educators to reimagine the ways we structure our courses and facilitate the learning experience. With that comes the imperative to modify the way that we assess student learning. Even this fall term will be different from the swift move to online that many instructors experienced...

Comic Relief

Comic strips or books are very useful to help the learning of French, whether they are used in class with a teacher or read at home. This type of literature is very motivating and helps students understand and learn authentic French, based on direct speech via dialogues between fictional characters.

Taking English Learning Online

Instructional strategies that have proven effective in improving English language learner (ELL) achievement include providing ELLs with intentionally planned vocabulary instruction; using gestures, visual cues, or realia; providing opportunities to practice using language; activating prior knowledge; and linking content to language instruction (Calderón et al., 2011; Facella et al., 2005; Gersten and...

A Systematic Approach to Online Teaching and Learning

How surreal it was as we said goodbye to our fellow teachers. We had, of course, no idea that it would be so long before we would be seeing our students. Before we left, the kids in my Intensive Reading classes were responding to the situation with little emotion, or none, like...

Former Apple Company Launches Analytics Tools for Distance-Learning

PowerSchool, a tech-education company once owned by Apple Inc, is launching new data analysis tools for millions of educators using its distance learning platform. With the learning gap growing as school closures continue because of the COVID-19 pandemic, data visualization will help educators identify and address gaps with personalized learning and resources,...

Online Chat with Purpose

Chita Espino-Bravo offers advice on teaching and assessing conversation in a Spanish virtual course Teaching any virtual conversation class is full of challenges, especially in assessing the conversations and debate sections students prepare virtually. In spring 2018, I created a virtual course on Blackboard called Spanish Conversational Skills for...

Finding Drive

There is no question that one’s success in any task is closely related to motivation. Learning a language is no exception. But what is motivation? According to behaviorist theory, motivation is quite simply the anticipation of reward driven by previous experiences of reward for behavior....

Let Learning Emerge

Complexity theory (CT) deals with complex, dynamic, and nonlinear systems. When I first encountered CT some 20 years ago, it was not in the context of language. However, I couldn’t think of many things that were more complex, dynamic, and nonlinear than language (Larsen-Freeman, 1997). And it soon...

Literacy Starts in the Library

Literacy is the foundation of everything we do for our learners. Reading is a required skill for every subject, whether it is science, English, math, or social studies. If this foundation is shaky, it can cause a student’s academic world to get much smaller very quickly.

Making Learning Come to Life

“Ultimately, the outcome of maker education and educational makerspaces leads to determination, independence, and creative problem solving, and an authentic preparation for the real world through simulating real-world challenges. In short, an educational makerspace is less of a classroom and more of a motivational speech without words” ...
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