The gifted group. The slow group. The behavioral issues group. Grouping in schools fell out of favor partially because educators—and parents—felt like kids were getting labeled and that groupings didn’t help students improve. While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., and Karen L. Brown, M.Ed., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. They discussed how adjusting student combinations, adapting teaching methods, and preparing students for group learning can lead to successful outcomes.
Join Alexandra Dunn, speech language pathologist at Upper Canada District School Board, and Heather Snider, grade 2/3 teacher at Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, Canada, as they talk about collaborative learning environments built around the tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
As Drew and Brad say, “We do not like presentations that talk about 100 great apps because teachers do not have time to get to #13 much less #100. We focus on 2 apps and augmented reality. We use these 2 apps each week and it has changed the game for us as educators.”
For many educators, BYOD is an acronym that may sound vaguely familiar. As an educational idea in classrooms or libraries, it may lead to more questions than answers. BYOD is one of many strategies that districts are using to promote 21st Century Skills, foster collaboration and engage students at the point of instruction.
In celebration of October is Connected Educator Month the New Teacher Help community on edWeb.net hosted a webinar all about building and growing your Professional Learning Network. Presenter Shannon Holden talked about building lines of communication among educators using social media, online tools, and face to face methods.