Bending the Rules of Time and Space

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Education has, for the most part, been beholden to the rules and regulations of a factory-model classroom since the 19th century. This traditional educational model, premised on lawfulness and orderliness, set stringent standards on when, where, and how students were educated in public schools and beyond. 

With the advent of the computer age came a chance to break free from this limiting tradition. Digital resources and technologies have now ushered in innovative learning possibilities. Schools have begun to move away from the traditional factory-model classroom by altering the rules of time and space

6 Tips to Jumpstart Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Fuel Education recently asked educators from around the country to offer practical tips on blended learning that others could use in their schools. We narrowed their responses down to six tips to help you jumpstart blended learning in this new school year. Originally published in a convenient downloadable guidebook, Blended Learning Tips from Educators to Jumpstart Learning, we offer a shortened overview here.

How to Include Fun in the Online Classroom

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

A couple years ago I ran a 5K with my sister. At the same event, my nephew completed a half marathon. At the end of his event, he received a finisher’s medal. However, my sister and I didn’t receive a medal because they didn’t hand them out for any events shorter than the half marathon. I quickly decided that I wanted a medal too. 

Real-Time Student Progress Reports: Simplicity with a Personalized Learning Platform

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

Monitoring a student’s overall academic performance at any given moment can be an arduous and time-consuming process. A teacher or administrator may need to prompt multiple teachers to provide the latest progress reports in order to put together a complete picture of a student’s performance at that point in time.

Pinpointing any issues the student is experiencing is another uphill battle. For example, if a student is having a rough time in algebra, her teacher may have difficulty pinpointing why.

Five Best Practices of Educational Technology Leaders

Contributor: 
Carolynn Mortensen

Many school leaders understand that integrating technology into the classroom is now a must-have to fully engage their students. These five best practices can help school leaders strengthen their educational leadership skills while building support for the need to include rich digital content in technology-enhanced classrooms.

The Unofficial Guide to the 2016 ASU GSV Summit

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

The annual ASU GSV Summit  will be here next week. What began eight years ago as a modest event put on by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, an investment firm, to enable investors to hear presentations from about 50 education start-ups has transformed into a central showcase for investors and companies scouting the next big thing in education technology.

Being a Blended and Online Learning Mentor: The Key to Success

Contributor: 
Ashley Shorter

A mentor is by definition someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced, often younger, person, i.e., a trusted counselor or guide. While this may sound like a familiar role in a traditional brick-and-mortar teaching environment, when it comes to online and blended learning a mentor role takes on a new life. So, what does a mentor in an online and blended environment look like?  

Increasing Student Retention: How Can We Help Students?

Contributor: 
Lainney Ballew

How can we help struggling students so they don’t drop out? In order to help them, we really need to identify why they are struggling and why we are losing them.

Some, but certainly not all, reasons students drop out are that they:

  • Are falling behind in class and in their grades, which makes them feel unable catch up—so they give up hope and lose motivation
  • Need to help support their families in various ways, and so they are unable to attend traditional brick-and-mortar schools
  • Feel their learning needs aren’t being met by traditional methods

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