Category: Education Insights

Using gamification for critical thinking and test preparation

We recently had an interview with Scott Houston, an education consultant at Educators Cooperative. Scott has played a part in the evolution of Go Pollock’s gamification solution (Collaborative Challenges), sharing insights from his years of experience working with teachers and schools to innovate the classroom and create a more personalized learning environment for students. Here, he talks with us about his […]

analyzing data in the differentiated classroom

How to prepare thoughtful, data-backed lessons

In our last post on differentiated instruction, one of the tips focussed on preparing thoughtful, data-backed lessons. The strategies you use to differentiate the learning experience in your classroom should be based on effective and ongoing assessment of your students’ needs. By utilizing learning analytics, you can easily assess where students stand in regards to understanding. You’ll also need to […]

differentiated instruction

4 ways to implement Differentiated Instruction strategies in the classroom

When it comes to engaging all of your students, you’ve probably realized that students learn in different ways. Some may work best when engaged in group work, while you may find others that perform best when working on their own. If this is the case, differentiated instruction and assessment, also known as differentiated learning, is the framework you need to […]

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

4 tips for making Professional Learning Communities successful in your school

  More schools are adopting the Professional Learning Communities (PLC; learn more) process as the way to work together and reach students more effectively. PLC works. It isn’t a program or something your district purchases. It isn’t a meeting, but it does require meetings. Effective Professional Learning Communities require everyone to work collaboratively and take control of their specific role in […]

EdTech Standardized Tests

4 ways EdTech tools can help you prepare your students for standardized tests

Standardized testing has long been a controversial topic among education enthusiasts. In theory, standardized tests are intended to unbiasedly measure a student’s academic performance in order to predict the student’s learning potential. According to Carole Gallagher’s article on the history of standardized testing, Horace Mann initially suggested the idea of implementing standardized testing into Boston Public Schools in 1845 as […]

Learning Analytics

How learning analytics can make your teaching more effective

As technology continues to evolve and become an integral part of our everyday lives, it’s only natural that we utilize the technology to improve education as well. One aspect of technology that promises to make this a reality is the use of learning analytics in the classroom to help refine the learning experience for students. We recently completed edX’s course […]

Social Emotional Learning

3 Approaches to foster Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom

We see the importance of working together now more than ever. Not surprisingly, this has been a major topic in the educational world as well. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is on a mission to promote Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, which they define as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply […]

Protecting Student Data

5 Tips for protecting student data

In the age of the internet, tech tools and apps make it easier for teachers to engage their students and introduce new modes of collaboration and learning into their lesson plans. With the use of these edtech tools, student data is collected by both the educators and the companies providing the tech service. This means, as a teacher, you must […]

Multiple Choice

How to create great multiple choice questions in 3 simple steps

Well-crafted multiple choice questions are like a clean window. If the question is articulated clearly and concisely, it allows you to see what the student does and doesn’t know. These fixed choice questions, which also includes checkboxes and true/false options, require students to identify the correct answers from a set of possible options. The longstanding debate as to whether multiple choice […]

Scaffolding strategies

4 Scaffolding strategies that lead to greater student independence

Every student has their own individual knowledge and experience, and your job as a teacher is to support each one of them in their educational goals by providing them with the tools and motivation they need to take an active role in their own learning process. Whether it’s teaching Shakespeare for the first time, multiplication, chemistry, calculus, or any other […]