6 Areas of Tech Professional Development For Educators

The digital revolution is well underway, and tech is increasingly becoming a mainstay in our lives. To keep up with this change, educators must find ways to incorporate multiple tech concepts in the classroom. There are different methods teachers, and educational leaders can use to integrate tech in a school. However, they should first learn about emerging technology before transferring that knowledge to their students.  Tech professional development is one method of learning about tech, and here are six concepts educators should consider: Cloud Computing  Cloud computing creates a shared platform for teachers, students, and parents. This stage allows stakeholders …

Teaching on YouTube

In recent years, YouTube has become an increasingly popular platform for learning, owing to its ease of access by both students and tutors. It has become a reliable source of material for students, often complementing and adding to what is taught in the classroom. For educators, it has provided an alternative way of teaching as well as reaching a wider student base. YouTube has also created an opportunity to build an online tutoring career, potentially an additional source of income. How YouTube works Before using any platform, for educating or otherwise, it is essential that one learns how it operates. …

The Science of Learning

For educators, it’s easy to overlook the concept that teaching doesn’t equal learning. Regardless of how much care and effort we put into our students, true success lies in the students’ ability to incorporate the information we share with them. At any age, learning goes beyond merely shaping our worldview. Learning has the ability to alter the physical composition, tissue, and neuronal structure of our brains. Luckily for educators, there are a plethora of science-backed methods that can help improve how we structure and instruct our classrooms. Keep reading to find out our favorite dos and don’ts to take your …

Avoiding Helicopter Parenting

Helicopter parenting is a parenting style where parents are overprotective, undermine their child’s independence, and struggle to give up control over their kids’ lives. It’s often detrimental to the child’s development for a myriad of reasons. It can hinder creativity in kids, breed anxiety for both children and parents, and ultimately keep them from learning to self-regulate As parents, despite our need to care for our kids every chance we get, we ought to find a balance between being supportive and not overbearing. Types of Parenting Styles According to researchers and psychologists, there are four different parenting styles: Authoritarian Authoritative …

Useful YouTube Channels for Pre- K lessons

For Pre-k teachers, keeping students engaged can prove to be a herculean task. Despite classes leaning more towards the traditional environment, it’s important to recognize the significance of music, play, and interaction in Pre-k classes. Luckily, there is a host of valuable YouTube channels to help teachers boost their Pre-k classroom lessons. Super Simple Song Learning music can be greatly beneficial to kids, from learning new concepts to becoming more socially aware. So, a music-based channel like Super Simple Song can be an invaluable resource in a pre-k classroom. The channel incorporates some originals as well as traditional nursery rhymes …

Useful YouTube Channels to Improve Middle School Lessons

Teaching in middle school can be quite a challenge. At this stage, students are right between childhood and adolescence. Therefore, it is often difficult to command their attention in the classroom and help them understand difficult topics. Fortunately, YouTube has several channels that may help your students learn as well as help you educate them through those “awkward years.” TED-Ed Contrary to the belief that most content on TED is primarily directed at adults, the channel has valuable content for every age group. The content is interactive and helps students learn anything from history to science and emotional well-being. SoulPancake …

Useful YouTube Channels To Improve High School Classroom Lessons

Most students are accustomed to using technology by the time they reach high school. From online gaming social media to chatting with friends, technology is almost a no-brainer for most teenagers. Check out these useful YouTube channels to help improve your high school class lessons. The School of Life The school of life is primarily a humanities-focused channel, with a wealth of information on history, literature, psychology, and interestingly pop culture. The animations are done in a pseudo manner, which is excellent for holding students’ attention while conveying crucial real-world issues. Numberphile  If you’re a math educator, the chances are …

Useful YouTube Channels To Improve Elementary Classroom Lessons

For an elementary school teacher, there is a myriad of challenges that come with the job. Sometimes, it is difficult to hold the students‘ attention for long stretches, and other times they just need a break from the typical class routine. With more schools embracing tech in the classroom, it’s imperative to model prudent internet use for educational purposes. If you’re looking for novel ways to spice up your elementary class, these 10 YouTube channels might just be what you need. TED-Ed While most TED talks are geared towards adults, the channel has created content that is suitable for a …

The Effects Of Tech On Teenagers

We can’t really address the effects of technology on teens without touching on social media, so let’s get right to it. High school, middle, and elementary school students are part of the social media generation. They’ve had the privilege of having access to this technology their whole lives. Regardless of your personal opinion on how tech, teens, and social media interact, here are a few interesting facts you should know. Two-thirds of teens have access to smartphones. Ninety percent of teens have at some point used social media. The average teen spends roughly nine hours a day on the internet, …

What Nature Teaches Kids That Tech Can’t?

Raising kids has almost become synonymous with increased screen time. Could our dalliance with tech actually be a hindrance to learning? For most parents, phones and tablets have made their tasks easier, from teaching their kids basic colors and ABCs to keeping them occupied whenever they go out. However, these technologies have left many kids detached from nature and manual work. The gap created in our kids’ education could have them grow into half-baked adults. Similar to building a classroom library, frequently exposing young kids to nature and the outdoors gives them the opportunity to catch some fresh air as …