• Does Tech offer improvements for special ed?
    Special education

    Does technology offer improvements for special ed?

    In 2017–18, 7 million students aged 3–21 received special education services, according to the National Centre for Educational Statistics. That’s 14% of all public school students. We are increasingly, and quite correctly, becoming ever more aware of the cognitive diversity present in the classroom (and the population at large). But catering to this vast array of learning needs remains a significant challenge for educators. Fortunately, we live in an age where a huge range of technological possibility exists. But do digital tools offer tangible improvements to education access, or are they just yet another fad? Let’s explore how technology can improve special education and whether the advantages outweigh the potential…

  • What is Universal Design for Learning?
    Ed Trends

    A guide to Universal Design for Learning

    It is a blatant truism to say ‘everyone is different’, or the more educator specific ‘everyone learns differently’. So why do we insist on setting standardized teaching methods?  The reason lies in pragmatism. We can’t possibly cater to everyone’s learning style, so we aim for the broadest possible format and hope everyone can get at least something out of it.  But what if there was another way? Universal Design for Learning, with its rooting in cognitive neuroscience and development in Learning Sciences, provides a methodology that can comfortably accommodate individual learning differences. Sound too good to be true? Let’s dive into what exactly Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is, its…

  • EdTech

    5 Reasons Schools Should Go Paperless

    Paper – let’s be honest its the lifeblood of the modern classroom. Textbooks, worksheets, exercise note pads, and scrap paper are all essential school materials, so could education really exist without them? Yes, it can! And no we are not suggesting a revert back to the chalk and slates of the latter century.  In the digital age, there are many new tools available to help teachers deliver lessons and vital instructional material, all without touching a printer. Ebooks, Learning Management Systems, 1:1 devices, and fun edtech apps are all part of an increasing movement away from the manual paper-based classroom.  So why should you embrace this move away from the…

  • How can schools reduce waste
    Teacher Tips

    How can schools reduce their waste?

    Trash, waste, refuse – we all know there is too much of it. At worst it clusters our waterways, critically damages animal species and pollutes our living spaces. At best it ends up in a landfill or incinerator – both of which cause their own environmental and health issues. So what’s the solution?  For schools, there are lots of effective measures you can take to decrease your community’s waste output (both in and outside of the school premises). Let’s dive in and take a look at what you can do to reduce school waste:   Audit your school waste Boring as it may sound, the best solutions are backed by…

  • How to improve your confidence in classroom technology
    Teacher Tips

    Improving your confidence with new classroom technology

    Tech-savvy – it’s one of those elusive qualities, like charisma or dress sense. Some people seem to just have it, the rest of us mere mortals stumble behind, struggling to make sense of the latest Windows update.  But as the world of education (and to be honest the world in general) becomes more tech-focused, the skills of the tech-savvy are increasingly a requirement for the majority. Fortunately for all those self-labeled ‘technology illiterates,’ or anyone who wishes they had a bit more of a handle on classroom technology, the good news is that you too can become versed in the magic of tech wizardry. With some well-directed effort, you can…