Digital Learning - Issue 1.1
Empowering Students with Improved Approaches to EdTech
According to leading analyst, Gartner, £19bn is expected to be spent globally on educational technology by 2019. But will our children be better prepared to succeed in the future? Will they possess the necessary skills to thrive in an even more digitalised world?
Harnessing Intellectual Potential: AI and Dyslexia
Students with dyslexia often have challenges with tasks associated with reading and writing and can find written work frustrating. Artificial Intelligence technology is transforming the lives of dyslexic students at all levels with speech recognition tools that are supporting their creative and intellectual development.
Sleuthing the Gaps in Students’ Literacy
It’s easy to lament that there are often fundamental problems in Independent Study projects undertaken by students, but the specific difficulties are not always identified. Dr Andrew Shenton digs deeper into the Extended Project Qualification work of Sixth Formers and shows where the information literacy gaps arise.
Reimagining the Teaching Experience: Improving Training Opportunities with VR Classrooms
What if everyone had access to the latest training opportunities and had a chance to build their confidence by practising and testing out new ideas in a safe space? Lorna Burrows from Immersive VR shows how a new initiative is creating space for just that, helping teachers practise the art of teaching through experiential 3D learning.
Countering the Dark Side of Tech: Encouraging Healthy Media Habits
What are the human costs of an ‘always connected’ lifestyle, especially for our children? A report by Laurel Felt and Michael Robb examines the latest scientific research about media use, highlighting its possible problematic impacts on youth’s well-being and development and offering suggestions for balanced and thoughtful engagement.
Constructing Narratives in the History Classroom
Digital tools can be invaluable for bringing historical times and places to life. EdtechTeachers Shawn McCusker and Tom Driscoll offer practical ideas for leveraging technology in the history classroom.
Encouraging Excellence with Digital Schools Awards
Schools need more than a good wi-fi connection and ICT lab to ensure students have opportunities to thrive and compete in today’s digital economy. Anna Doody and Ann-Marie Whelan report on a new initiative in Scotland that is helping schools maximise their digital potential and develop a whole-school digital framework to support innovation in learning.
Transforming the Classroom with Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps
Video games are not the only realm benefiting from the latest technological advancements in special effects and graphics. These apps can transform your classroom and transport students to new educational realms.
Digital Learning 1.1 – Blogs Of Note
The blogosphere is alive and well with resources and innovative ideas on using tech in education. In this regular feature we highlight five blogs on edtech that are worth checking out.