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Collaborative Classroom Technology : Get Flipped - The New Way of Teaching and Learning

Collaborative Classroom Technology : Get Flipped – The New Way of Teaching and Learning

Over the last few years the classrooms and the technology landscape has been shifting faster than ever. The availability and use of technology is driving educators and administrators to move away from traditional learning and pursue the concept of “flipped learning.” Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model. So what is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Flipped learning is the concept of turning traditional education on its head, lectures are pre-recorded and viewed remotely outside of the classroom. Students can do their work collaboratively in the classroom rather than independently at home. The gaining of interaction and hands-on experience between students and teachers allows for students to grasp knowledge and build skills in ways that work for them.

Helping to drive flipped learning into educational institutions is the fact that more often than not students are leaving the pen and paper at home and bringing their personal device such as laptops, tablets, and mobiles devices to the classroom. Adopting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education environment is not sort of “empty talk”!

This is from a study done at Clintondale High School, Outside Detroit.

Sources: http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom /

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Moreover, what does flipped learning mean for the AV industry?

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8 Innovative Teaching Strategies that will Engage Students in 2015

8 Innovative Teaching Strategies that will Engage Students in 2015

The trend towards greater student engagement begins with forging a closer relationship between instructors and students.

Over the last decade this trend has been informed by a greater reliance on technology - specifically, virtual learning environments, computer-based adaptive learning, and off-hour instructor guidance.

The key is making learning a more personal experience for each student, matching learning challenges to the student's current experience and expertise, and finding more ways to leverage technology to bring students closer to instructor's steering hand.

Student Engagement Strategies for 2015

The advent of B.Y.O.D. programs and online educational tutorials as early as elementary school has many students well-acclimated to the idea that learning and technology should go hand-in-hand.

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How Survey, Feedback and Appraisals are contributing to Employment Training Development

Major changes are underway in the methods global organizations use to recruit and grow their personnel. Improvements in training needs assessment, career planning, and development are all competitive advantages that can have strategic implications. Research has shown that taking a "promotion-focused" approach to cultivating such advantages during a recession makes companies more likely to be positioned competitively in their market once economic conditions normalize.

To maximize the value each team member can contribute to strategic goals, a data-driven approach is imperative. Luckily, new tools for training needs assessment are becoming available, providing a more holistic view of talent development than ever before.

Employee surveys, feedback, and appraisals are helping enterprises deploy a consistent and effective approach to employee development. "360 degree feedback software" provides a total view of employee development that benefits team members and strategic decision-makers alike.

What are the core benefits of using 360 degree software to drive talent development strategy? To understand the potential, it's important to look at the operational effects of the software from two key perspectives: That of the employees being evaluated and that of the employers.

Employees Benefit Immediately When 360 Software is implemented

Individual contributors are the ones most likely to notice improved assessments first, even before enough data is gathered to make a strategic impact on HR management. Over time, employees enjoy the following benefits of 360 degree evaluation software:

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e-Learning and Employee Engagement: How to Get the Most from Your Employee Training Software – by SkyPrep

e-Learning and Employee Engagement: How to Get the Most from Your Employee Training Software – by SkyPrep

e Learning and Employee Engagement: How to Get the Most from Your Employee Training Software

Employee engagement is a cornerstone of any successful business. Unfortunately, like trying to get a classroom of high-schoolers to pay attention to a geometry lesson, getting everyday employees engaged in e learning can be a bit of a task. But there are solutions to this problem – tried and true methods that apply to learning engagement across a range of disciplines.

How to Engage Employees in e Learning

You need your employees to pay attention, and to try their best to learn or adopt the skills necessary to drive company growth. But to accomplish this, you are going to need to do a little prep work. Sending out a mass email with a link to a web-based training module won't cut it. You need to lay the groundwork – why you are using e learning software and how it will improve overall employee training – before you get to the actual learning. This can be accomplished in several ways:

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Education Going Digital by Pratibha Chhajer

Education Going Digital by Pratibha Chhajer

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” -  Anthony J. D'Angelo

There is an evolution happening in the education industry, it’s going from traditional to digital, the pattern is changing, in this digital era there are so many new things happening around the globe that we have to keep up with these changes happening. One such change that is happening slowly is that the education is going digital.

The traditional way of education that we have been seeing is that a teaching happens in a classroom is with students and with a teacher having a blackboard, chalk, duster and certain handwritten notes gone are these days. But in today’s era education going digital the education pattern is teaching virtually, learning through the web by watching videos, reading presentations, books being converted to pdfs or e-books.

In our traditional way of teaching, students had textbooks for different subjects, and each subject had a different notebook to write notes in. The textbooks and notebooks has been like a burden to the students, carrying that weight everyday … Uff! I remember the weight we had to carry everyday to school. But when education is going digital the students will have e-books, they will not have to carry the weight everyday all they need is an electronic device like a laptop or a tablet with sufficient storage memory to store their e-books and projects.

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Special Education Story by Mrs. Poonam Chaubey

Special Education Story by Mrs. Poonam Chaubey

Any special education program is a cluster of resources that is dedicated to supporting the educational needs of students with one or more disability areas. The purpose of an Early Intervention Program is to contribute towards the improvement of cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional outcomes of young children and lead to integration with the focus on successful inclusion into society.

The special education department at various educational institutes is generally conceptualized with a very small number of students. It is initially observed that a few students exhibit some peculiar behavior in classroom situations; these are mostly noticed to be outside the usual childhood behavioral patterns seen in other children of the same age group.

Principal Mrs. Poonam Chaubey interacts with students.

For example, Akash* was a child in Kindergarten who refused to sit on his chair, he walked on his toes and insisted on only doing coloring activities. He also made it a point to run out of the classroom when any group activities like rhymes and dances took place. Meanwhile, Sana* a slightly older Grade 2 student looked completely blank when she was asked questions related to any subject besides Mathematics.

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Overcoming the Skills Gap with Digital Training by Jeff Fernandez

Overcoming the Skills Gap with Digital Training by Jeff Fernandez

There is a significant gap across businesses that many folks are feeling the ramifications of. It’s the digital skills gap — the gap between the digital technology skills that today’s employees possess and those they should posses in order to work in today’s digital economy.

A study from tech research company IDC suggests that inadequate digital skills rob our economy of 21% of employee productivity. That equates to an overall $1.3 trillion loss in the US economy each year due to decreased productivity. For firms with 1,000 employees, that productivity hit can translate to an annual loss of about $10 million. But even smaller companies can be experiencing pain at their bottom lines due to the digital skills gap.

What digital skills are the most essential for 21st century workers to possess? While the need for specific skills can vary from industry to industry and company to company, below are the eight recommended digital skills to help your company close its digital skills gap from the ground up:

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"Why Develop Skills that are Required in Industry" by Paulami Sen

“Why Develop Skills that are Required in Industry” by Paulami Sen

In the last post, the focus was on improvement of foreign communication skills. The focus of this post will be on enhancing employability by the means of skills gained in studying industry relevant courses. These courses will help in professional development of the students. Such courses can help in achieving advancement in credentials. There is also an improvement in the attitude and skills of the trainee. Such courses help in being prepared for the advanced technological roles or management roles that might be assigned in future.

Such courses are mock experience of the field. There is a chance to know the working environment of a particular field. Such a trainee brings along with him a value addition to the company that he is absorbed into. Hence the chances of being offered a job during the duration of such courses are always bright.

A certain level of expertise can be achieved by the means of such courses. The trainee becomes more productive as a result of industry oriented. The skills gained during the course of industry oriented training are needed and much more valued by the employer. The foundation knowledge gained thus comes in handy to excel in industry. The approach that is adopted is a practical one.

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"How to Bridge Gap in Industry and Education Through Skills Training" by Anup Patwardhan

“How to Bridge Gap in Industry and Education Through Skills Training” by Anup Patwardhan

In India, today, the number of unemployed population is huge. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates the rate of unemployment in India could be up at 3.8% at the end of this year. With the literacy rate growing in the country this statistics can be difficult to accept. This may be difficult to accept but not unfathomable.
In a report by McKinsey 'Education to Unemployment' it is noted that, there is a high percentage of lack of unemployment in the industry due to the lack of skillful workforce in the industry. In US, 45% employers say the vacancies at entry level jobs are due to the lack of skills. 42% of worldwide employers believe that entry level workers are not up to the mark skillfully to begin work.

According to the All India Council for Technical Education's numbers, the number of technical schools in India, including engineering colleges has increased to three times to what it was about a decade ago. While according to NASSCOM, 3 million graduates and post graduates are being added to the work force every year. Among them 25% are graduates are from technical background. However, only 10-15% considered as being employable by the IT/ITES industry.

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