Category: Education Insights

teaching sustainable development goals

Teaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

What are the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? There are many global challenges the world faces in the 21st Century. In 2015 the 193 members of the United Nations agreed to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. These goals address global problems like climate change, inequality, unemployment, violence, etc.   Why should you be teaching Sustainable Development Goals […]

Don’t Ditch That Tech: Personalizing Content & Promoting Metacognition

All teachers want to meet their students’ needs, but some tasks can seem pretty daunting for beginners and experts alike. In this webinar, we tackled two scary ones: creating personalized lessons and promoting students’ metacognition. Presented by Dr. Angie Ridgway (Professor & Director of Secondary Education, University of Indianapolis) & Nate Ridgway (High School History Teacher & Author of their […]

Supporting Evidence in Questions

  My teaching career started in 2014 as a special education teacher for middle schoolers (~ages 12-15). Since then, I’ve moved on to teaching history at the high school level with some much older students. I was recently thinking back about these two seemingly disparate jobs–just kind of my educational journey in general–and I stumbled across something that I feel […]

Limited Devices

Teaching with Limited Devices

  Teaching with technology can be frustrating. On one day, you show up to a computer lab with your class and all of the desktops have to run mandatory updates. Trying to avoid that problem in the future, you get their hands on an iPad cart after waiting another several days, but find out the devices don’t have the necessary […]

Metacognition

Promoting Metacognition in Classtime

  No matter the subject area, all teachers want their students to be thinkers. We want them to be reflective, pursue topics in-depth, attack problems from multiple angles, and draw complex conclusions. But how do they get better at that kind of thinking? By developing their metacognition — the ability to think about their thinking. Technology aside, making an effort […]

Escape Room

Digital Escape Rooms in your Classroom

  If you’re not familiar with the “Escape Room” phenomenon found across the U.S., you’ve definitely missed out! Escape rooms have made their way into recreational entertainment, board games, and even Hollywood. The premise is relatively simple: players must complete a series of tasks in order to gain passwords, retrieve clues, or gather other information needed to “escape the room”– […]

Flipped Classroom

Flip your classroom and transform your teaching

  As teachers in an ever-more demanding profession, the one resource that we all wish we had more of is time. Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the chance–with some help from Classtime–to “flip” my classroom and give me some of that precious resource of time back. If you’re not familiar with “flipped” classrooms, it’s much more than […]

Why Children Should Learn to Code

Why children should learn to code

  Learning how to code is akin to learning a new language. In a study on bilingualism published on NCBI, it was discovered that learning another language has cognitive benefits. These benefits begin at childhood, where kids are able to better adjust to their environment, retain information, and extend even beyond dotage. Now, coding may not be a language per […]

assessment data

Easy ways to collect and review assessment data

  Here, you’ll find the same steps to creating “Rapidfire Classtime Assessments” that were mentioned in the video, as well as the resources mentioned in it. At the very end, you’ll find some extra help on how to create your own Classtime-Infused Hyperdocs & Hyperslides. Step 1: Keep the Goal in Mind Although the words “Rapidfire Classtime Assessments”, “HyperDocs”, and […]

controversy

Creating controversy with Classtime

  Learn how to set up your own controversial prompts on Classtime, and find all of the resources that were mentioned at the end of the video. Keys to Setting Up A Good Prompt for Controversy 1. Make sure that your prompt doesn’t have a definitive answer. It could eventually end in a right/wrong answer after you expose your students […]