Category: Education Insights

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 analytics in the classroom to help refine the learning experience for students. We recently completed edX’s course ‘Analytics […]

Social Emotional Learning

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

As 2018 kicks off, 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 and Emotional learning (SEL) programs, which they define as “the process through which children and […]

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

The beginning of the school year means tackling the daunting task of starting all over again. There’s a new round of students, each with their own individual knowledge and experience, and your job as a teacher is to support each one of them in their education goals and provide them with the tools and motivation they need to take an […]

Collaborative Learning Community

Turning your classroom into a collaborative learning community

No matter what grade level you teach, creating a productive and engaging class environment is important for student success. While it can be difficult to gain the trust and respect of your students, starting the school year off with an effective classroom management plan that promotes a constructive learning environment and discourages disruptive behavior will set the tone for the […]

Engage Language Class

Tips to actively engage your language class

In today’s globalized world, speaking multiple languages can be useful in many ways. The problem with becoming multilingual is the arduous task of learning a foreign language in the first place. That being said, it is a language teacher’s job to give students the knowledge and tools to succeed in learning the language. Couple that with a large classroom and […]

Teacher bias

Challenging teacher biases to make your class stronger

As human beings, we naturally form biases in order to organize our experiences more efficiently in our effort to understand and engage with the world around us. In the classroom, these biases lead to expectations of students that are sometimes unfair and unproductive. In a study from Columbia University, Kyunghee Lee affirms that, Many investigators examining teachers’ behavior towards students have […]