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25 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [+ Downloadable List]

Although many technology-based teaching methods and resources effectively engage students and build their skills, many educators encounter difficulties.

Maybe a specific technology is too hard to introduce. Or maybe it won’t run on your devices. Despite the challenges, you likely want to enjoy the benefits that education technology can deliver.

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How to Gamify Learning in Your Classroom

How to Gamify Learning in Your Class

Gamifying your classroom can take hours of preparation and has developed a reputation as a “hit or miss” teaching approach, but following research-backed advice can drive its success.

Not to be confused with game-based learning, gamification largely involves applying video game elements to non-game settings. This concept may be simple, but gamifying your classroom is complex and follows a five-step process:

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Inquiry-Based Learning- Definition, Benefits and Examples

All About Inquiry-Based Learning: Definition, Benefits and Strategies

Developed in the 1960s, many teachers see inquiry-based learning as a new pedagogy — meaning they have questions about how to use it and if it’s worthwhile.

Like problem-based learning, proponents state that letting students investigate solutions to open questions has a range of advantages. But the pedagogy must be shaped by research-backed approaches to reap these advantages.

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Engaging, Skill-Building Math Games for Kids

10 Engaging, Skill-Building Math Games for Kids [1st to 8th Grade]

Playing math games has emerged as a way to make class engaging, but — as a teacher — you must ensure these activities build skills and reinforce lesson content.

Just like there are many helpful math websites, there are online and offline games suited for this job by acting as customizable entry and exit tickets as well as mid-class activities.

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Growth Mindset in Education - 5 Ways Teachers Can Instill it in Students

5 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students

Growth mindset is uncharted territory for many teachers, but understanding it and effectively fostering it in students has become a classroom priority across grade levels.

It’s clear why, given that the relatively-new pedagogy focuses on helping students understand the values of effort, persistence and trying new learning methods to cultivate their talents and abilities.

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5 Advantages and Disadvantages of PBL

5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Problem-Based Learning [+ Activity Design Steps]

Used since the 1960s, many teachers express concerns about the effectiveness of problem-based learning (PBL) in certain classroom settings.

Whether you introduce the student-centred pedagogy as a one-time activity or mainstay exercise, grouping students together to solve open-ended problems can present pros and cons.

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How to Put the 6 Models of Blended Learning into Action (1)

How to Put the Six Blended Learning Models into Action [+ Examples & Download]

Having a limited amount of class time, many teachers cannot always satisfy the learning needs and speeds of all students — whether they be gifted, struggling or anywhere between.

Administrators can introduce blended learning to address this issue. The practice is divided into six models, which each combine traditional teaching methods with different ways of using computerized instruction.

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Students play an adaptive learning program on school computers

The Administrator’s Guide to Adaptive Learning Technology: Definition, Implementation, Benefits and Examples

As adaptive learning technology develops and grows in popularity, an increasing number of administrators face challenges when implementing a given program at the school or district level.

For example, teachers must be receptive and trained to properly use an adaptive learning program. Difficulties can occur before even introducing a program, such as finding one that’s appropriate.

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