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Last week, we discussed on Teaching Strategies, that is, how education should focus on fostering innovation by putting curiosity, critical thinking, deep understanding, the rules and tools of inquiry, and creative brainstorming at the center of the curriculum. I hope you find it interesting.
This week, we want to continue in the series with the Tips for Innovative Teaching in a Digital Age
Learning to change your teaching practice in today’s digital-first world is a bit like learning a foreign language. “You don’t speak it fluently on the first day. But you pick up one word, two words, three words, and the more you engage and the more you use it, the more natural it begins to feel.”
McMullan, who is the former executive director of educational technology at Klein ISD in Texas, was responsible for rolling out that district’s massive one-to-one program several years ago.
Experiences will differ. When her district first went one-to-one, McMullan was expecting testing scores to flatline, as research predicted. “That was not our case,” she said. “Actually the scores did improve in the first year, and that was in a state where the passing standard was raised every year.” In fact, the most economically disadvantaged students in the district ended up seeing the biggest gains.
Engagement can make a big difference. Technology “is the native language of our students,” adding that when it’s used effectively in the classroom, students will respond to that. “We do see discipline problem goes down; attendance goes up.”
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You can also read our previous tips from HERE
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Prof. O. M. Arigbede
Director, Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching