Category: Education Insights

Blended Learning

4 Blended learning models to help reach students’ goals

A couple decades ago, the idea of blending computer technology and traditional classroom teaching would not have been possible. Not every student had a computer in their home and reliable internet was not available in every school. Yet, in only the last few years (2013-2016), the availability of reliable Wi-Fi access in US K-12 public classrooms has more than tripled […]

Teaching Analytics

How teaching analytics improves your students’ learning

Previously, we discussed how Learning Analytics collects and measures student data during and after your lessons to help you refine your teaching towards creating a more effective learning experience for your students. On the flip side, Teaching Analytics methods and tools analyze and improve the educational design of your lessons before it begins and analyzes the effectiveness of your delivery. […]

strategies for dynamic professional learning

3 strategies for dynamic professional learning

  Challenge. Over the years, schools, districts, and educational organizations have been criticized for the traditional ways they offer professional learning for teachers. Typically, they schedule professional learning sessions at times that don’t offer teachers flexibility, choice, or differentiated learning opportunities. Today the challenge they face is how to convert the one-size fits all model for new, experienced, and veteran […]

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 Classtime’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 experience […]

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 […]