Are you new to the idea of giving your students digital options? Online learning can really provide a much more diverse learning experience, but it also comes with some challenges. Here are some of the biggest questions that instructors might not ask, (but might need to know,) before implementing online learning in the classroom.
Blended learning combines the best of online education with the most positive aspects of in-person teaching. Ultimately, blended learning lets high school students explore their own interests, at their own pace, while also receiving guidance and support from teachers in physical classrooms.
Yes, this is the year! This is the year the things that weren't done, will be done. This year, the goals which weren't met, will be and that fitness regime foiled by a pile of donuts one week into February, won't be.
It seems that every new year starts out the same old way. With January 1st fast approaching, a familiar internal battle begins. The brain starts to make a mental, and often cringe-worthy, list of the things that weren't in the years past, while simultaneously using these "failures" to draft the same old resolution plan for the new year. But before 2018 starts out and ends the same old way, Knovva Academy is inviting people to think outside the old new year's resolution box and check off some smart new choices!
Could Lessons in Finanace Help Students Down the Road?
In the US, today’s high school students are thrown into a milieu of financial uncertainty. Looking backwards, these students have been coming of age in the years that follow the US housing crisis. After that crisis, what some now call the Great US Recession had its myriad effects on the households these students live in. Looking forward, job markets seem erratic, though the cost of higher education continues its steady growth. Dealing with major life decisions, like student loans, or with planning for a stable future with prospects of owning common assets -- like houses and cars -- seems unimaginably difficult for today’s high school students. Given these circumstances, educators are forced to face the difficult question: How is it possible to promote financial awareness amongst students already over-burdened with their academic load?
Fostering Global Citizenship
Realizing the need for more global citizens is not the same as knowing how to guide students to become global citizens. There are classes on world history, current events, foreign languages, etc. Organizing and presenting the content to study different cultures seems easy enough. Thoughtful educators, seeking ways to foster global citizenship, realize that there is a more important question. Can content alone help students develop cross-cultural communication skills, preparing them to excel in our ever-globalizing world?
The Fragility of Infrastructure
The US still suffers from the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These natural disasters injured and killed people, damaged huge stretches of property, and disrupted millions of lives. Schools were forced to stop working as people braced themselves for the storms. Many were even forced to evacuate their homes and the areas where they live.
Cultural Inertia and Future of Higher Education
Student debt is becoming a central question in political debates. Tuition continues to rise at an unstable rate. Economic instability, especially in light of unpredictable effects of automation, shrouds the future job market in a cloud of mystery. It’s no surprise that after years of expanding educational institutions, people are beginning to doubt the need for higher education. We can continue to laud the accomplishments of higher education, but speaking to a few college graduates who express feelings of despair over the job market while being enslaved by their student debt can quickly change our tune.
In a world of ever-increasing access to general information, where global issues from climate change to poverty, inequality, and international conflicts dominate the news our students need to understand not only where they fit in but how they can make a difference. As teachers we all want to prepare out students for the future - but how? At Knovva Academy, we believe in equipping students with the necessary skills to thrive in today's interconnected world.
As we, at Knovva Academy, continue developing our blended learning courses for various schools, we see how much teachers are excited about the new school year. Between new students, and the inherent pleasure in all beginnings, this is a stimulating time in the yearly education cycle. Since it’s time to get back to school, we wanted to harness the fresh energy of a new year of learning by suggesting that all teachers take the time to focus on an often overlooked subject: feedback!