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Five Thought-Provoking Ideas For Transforming K-12 Education to Another Level

The current education system has become stagnant and needs a tremendous boast to get the relevant interest of the students. Hence; in this article we have specified some innovative strategies to take K-12 education to another level. Click here to view the article.

Education has become a mere formality nowadays without any impetus on providing learning to students. We are seeing lots of e-learning courses being developed, but the sole purpose of education is lost. There is a need for an educational structure that can not only provide better learning opportunities to students, but also stimulate them to gain knowledge from the subjects. In order to fulfill this prophecy, there is a need for an educational mechanism that can transform the thinking of the students to another level.

Some of the ideas for radically transforming K-12 education include:

  • The transforming role of teachers: Teachers are more than just tutors in the lives of the students. They function more like mentors who are liable for making or breaking the career of the student. Hence; there is a need for an e-learning course which can not only provide interactive support to the children through one-on-one counseling, but also look after the academic progress of the student. Teachers should deliver the content in such a manner that students enjoy the learning process and get the intellectual knowledge thoroughly.
  • The evolving role of tests: In the traditional learning methods, teachers used to take tests of the students. But with the inception of e-learning courses things have changed dramatically. Now, no longer does a teacher take test of the student to evaluate their progress. It is done through online practice. Hence; there is a need for a practice management tool to be integrated in the e-learning courses such that students can practice basic problems to understand the topic. Interactive exercises should also be amalgamated in the e-learning courses so that they can make the learning process interactive and fun-loving.
  • Need for customized learning path for each student: It is very important to create customized learning patterns for students based on their intellectual capacity and understanding. The courses designed should follow the common core curriculum and state boards.
  • Guidance from experts from relevant field: In order to be a success, it is very important for an e-learning course to integrate expertise knowledge from relevant domain so that whenever, students get stuck they can get spontaneous response from the expert of that particular field. It should also be noted that there should only be one tutor per student so that the student can enjoy undivided attention from the expert.
  • Integration of images alongwith videos in the content: E-learning courses have to be designed in such a manner that students get interactive content including lots of images and videos; so that they can learn in a fun-filled environment. This kind of teaching pattern is especially important for primary level students as it makes the learning process interesting and interactive.

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Should There Be Technology Standards (for teachers and school admin.)?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) certainly think so and is a great resource if you’re interested in tech and teaching. I have to admit, it can be a humbling experience once you see how so many teachers are using technology in productive ways to enhance learning. They are also great role models on how technology (like it or not) is here to stay and can be used in so many positive, creative and constructive ways. Kids and teachers are not merely consuming content. They’re creating it, sharing it, and in many cases, using it to enhance what they are doing in the classroom. ISTE’s mission is to advance excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. Their annual conference takes place next week. I’m very curious, but still feel that I’m lagging behind in my tech skills [maybe it’s because I live in the land of Microsoft and have too many friends who have jobs somehow related to tech and always talk in TLA’s (three letter acronyms)]. Nonetheless, I may put this conference on my agenda for next year.

I only began to get a taste of the internet in college. Most of the kids today carry a device in their pocket that can access the internet in seconds. What I find fascinating is that unlike many things I’ve learned, a lot of the technology I know about and use was self-taught (usually out of necessity). It’s true, we learn many things from books or experiences that do not involve teachers, but using technology has always seemed to be one of those things I’ve never taken a class for: keyboarding, email, word processing, spreadsheets, etc. This blog, for example, was just about pressing a few buttons here and there. Presently, I’m learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and after looking into various classes, I decided to get a few books from the library and use the wealth of available resources on the internet. Seriously, if you know how to search well, you can find out how to do just about everything online. Of course there are many cases where a live person or the actual place you’re learning is crucial. You cannot learn to ski by reading about it, but you can certainly learn a lot about it beforehand, so that when you get to the slope you have a much better idea of what the instructor is saying. For me, that means that educators have to make sure the experiences students are getting are important enough for them to be there.

Getting back to ISTE, they not only have standards for students, but tech standards for teachers as well as for school administrators. Looking at the teacher’s standards, I guess I can say I meet most. There are a few though that I could improve on quite a bit. For example, standard 3c) communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers, using a variety of digital0media and formats; I use email and the telephone, but that’s about it. My school is progressing towards teacher pages on their website, and I’m still holding off on twitter, but I still don’t use video in my classroom. I believe my school has one video camera (of course this will be on my next phone, so I’m not too worried). There are a myriad of web 2.0 tools, but it’s difficult to find the balance and know what will be useful. I balked at blogging (who wants to read what you did last night), but then I started reading other teacher blogs, learning tons from them, and got inspired by their willingness to share what they were passionate about. And so, what started out as a way to share what I learned at a conference in February with the rest of my faculty continues on. This is my hundredth post. Thanks to all who visit.

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