In her new book Teaching in High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom, Marsha Ratzel recounts a transformational journey marked by a gradual shift from teacher-centered to student-driven education and bolstered by a powerful virtual network of colleagues from around the world. Here’s an excerpt!
International distance educator Smadar Goldstein has been teaching students in the U.S. and elsewhere online for more than 10 years, from her company headquarters in Israel. The connected world is finally melting down the traditional education mold, she says – so what should school be instead? She offers some of her ideas in this PLP Voices post.
Do you use a Learning Management System? Because I can’t function efficiently without them. I’m an online teacher. When I assign activities, it’s online. When I give out readings, videos to watch, and other assignments, it’s all online. Without an LMS, these assignments get messy. With students in different age groups, in different places and contexts, I cannot imagine how I’d keep track of what’s been assigned, when it’s due, who’s completed it (and when), and where the email is they attached it to. For me, an LMS is one giant teacher notebook.
On July 8th, educational leader Lyn Hilt launches a brand new course to the PLP eCourse lineup. In this interview, Lyn discusses her new Educational Leadership in the Digital Age course and what participants can expect to experience. Lyn’s experiences include teaching both elementary and middle school students, working as a technology educator, and serving as elementary principal for the past five years. There’s no one more perfect to...
Written by a team of 27 students at Norway’s Sandvika High School (Oslo, Norway), Connected Learners is a 220-page compendium of stories, advice and how-to articles designed to help high school teachers and their students around the globe shift from classrooms that are isolated and teacher-centered to digitally rich environments where learning is student-driven and constantly connected to the global internet.