‘Positive’ Instructing Technologies – and the Future of Online Learning

Positive Technologies

Disclaimer: This article is primarily intended for teachers and parents. Still, it can prove insights for anyone interested in the converging disciplines of ‘Teaching’ and ‘Learning’. Anyone who can bear the sight of academic concepts tucked in ‘hither and thither’ within the prose. So reader discretion is advised…

What is the best way to impart a quality education?

One that does not restrict the student’s intellectual scope, but encourages it to grow uniformly. Both within the confines of the curriculum and without it.

In this post, I will attempt to address this question, as well as try to anticipate the direction in which the Online Learning venture is headed. The role that ‘positive’ technologies – such as Constructivist teaching models – will inevitably play in the future will also be shed light upon.

When scholars and researchers analyze learning & teaching methods academically, they tend to emerge with not-very-dissimilar conclusions.

“A general optimism/freshness of outlook and theoretical perspective is a critical component of every sound and collaborative teaching regimen."

The traditional stances pertaining to this issue have largely given way to more information-sharing & knowledge-construction frameworks. These have been explored in full through the progressive/constructivist paradigm of imparting education. As a result, it might be a good idea to explore the future of learning from today’s vantage point.

Because when the end is clear, the journey becomes easy (or so they say)!

Note: All theoretical approaches referenced in this article blog post have been acquired through the Spectrum Internet Plans

On Positivity within the Classroom: A Personal Account

Positivity within the Classroom

I’d like to state that by ‘positivity’ I do not wish to make allusions to the concept of ‘scientific positivism’. ‘Positivity’ has to be taken in its more literal and psychologically-subjective sense – to be made sensible for our purposes.

Positive vs. Humane Reinforcement

 

In virtually all interactive sessions that I had within my classrooms, one core teaching principle seems to have consistently stood my test of time and experience. I call this teaching positive reinforcement.

This is different from humane reinforcement, in which the child on the receiving end of an academic check is left scarred with a debilitating sense of failure. As most psychological authorities would attest, adolescent and pre-adolescent children are particularly susceptible to negative feedback. Even if it should be warranted and conveyed politely.

As I have learned through my fourteen years of classroom engagement, the best way to communicate your disapproval of a student’s work performance is to not intone the said verbal or textual correspondence as such.

Learning from My Mistake

Learning from My Mistake

When starting out as a fresh instructor, I continually committed an error. I used to be very direct and straightforward with my impressionable young ‘charges’; as I referred to them in my Victorian state-of-mind back then.

At this point, I’m sure that you can gauge something about my psyche from these involuntary admissions. I generally believe that a teacher should be like an open book, with a transparent subjectivity that can be understood. Charismatic and forceful figures have the uncanny influence of dictating their opinions to others.

It wasn’t long before I discovered the great degree of animosity and willful contempt that started to radiate from each and every one of them. Even from some of my star pupils, who I always attempted to laud loudly in front of everyone.

Instead of imparting learning and improving students social skills, I had unconsciously become responsible for brewing up a mob-like sentiment in the group. One that was fast on its way to imploding from within. That means with pupil turned against a fellow pupil. Which wanted to bind me in a body bag!

Making changes

My moment of redemption actually came from the instigations of one of my more discerning students. This pupil indirectly attempted to point out the egregious folly of my ways. I asked about what I could do to make my attempts at consolidating a more congenial and ‘breathe-easy’ environment within the classroom. She offered an apt retort: Don’t ever criticize, or say wrong, to any one of us, Miss. Like, never!

And I have not only stuck to this wise commandment ever since but have also traced its echoes in some of the leading pedagogical theories of the 20th century. All these theoretical approaches can be thought of as abstract technologies in their own right.

This is because they provide teachers with a tested framework of assumptions. Which can be used to come up with innovative results in particular learning environments.

On the Importance of Positive Intent within the Classroom

Positive Intent within the Classroom

But what is true of all of these in-class approaches? It is that the dually-conjoined issues of teacher politeness/compassion and positive attentiveness serve as de facto limiting factors to the success of any instructing venture. If a certain tutor happens to fall short in terms of these matters, he/she risks the viability of the entire academic program.

Irrespective of which theoretical teaching model is adhered to. And till date, I haven’t come across even one educationist, who would be willing to sabotage the one vocation that he/she adores the most – that is tutoring.

There are ‘no wrong answers’, but only different ways of interpreting the same sociological & rational phenomena, therefore a skilled instructor can initiate two-way dialogues with students. Not a one-way exchange of information.

This technique inculcates a sense of confidence in the minds of students. It encourages them to build and refine their own knowledge-bases consistently. When a tutor is conceived as more of a negotiator of knowledge, and not its immaculate & singularly-authoritative repository, true learning can be facilitated.

Learning needs to be dialectical, requiring the constant input of all members. It should not be construed as a canvas to showcase the skills-set of the individual delivering the information.

For the betterment of all, that is!

Online Learning – Its Current & Future Prospects

Future Online Learning

The advent of the Internet Age brought with it an entire host of opportunities for education services to the masses. With the backing of the One-World vision, the World Wide Web sought to transform the way in which information-dissemination began to be grappled with as an initiative.

It wasn’t long before major university institutions started offering their distance education services to students. These virtual programs are also bound by the strict legal stipulations observed in the original brick-and-mortar academic sites. Upon the successful completion of an e-learning regimen, a student is subsequently awarded a certified university degree.

Addressing Current Distance Learning Programs

Distance Learning Programs

Although current distance education programs are fully interactive and dialogic, they have faced their fair share of criticisms. Proponents of the current virtual learning model argue in favor of maintaining some semblance of a structure. They argue that the complete dissolution of existing paradigms for the sake of entrenching a more pluralistic model will lead to a state of postmodernist chaos ensuing within the classroom. Their detractors espouse a more ‘internationalist’ view of the teaching/learning environment.

With the contention that currently exists between these two pedagogical camps, one thing is certain. The future of online learning will definitely feature a more diversified blending-in of all known theoretical approaches. And the teaching virtues of a rigorous brand of optimism and continual hope will form an integral part of this learner-oriented future.

And in my opinion, the world, with all its legions of young learners destined to take the reign of global management from their predecessors, will be better off for it!

Author’s Bio

Rosie Harman is an Educationist, a Book-Lover, and a Culture-Critic, who likes to recount her professional experiences (of being a Middle School teacher) using the medium of words. She lives in Ann Harbor, MI, and can often be found taking long walks around Lake Michigan. She regularly blogs at Spectrum Cable Company.

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Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools

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In 1953 B.F. Skinner visited his daughter’s math’s class. Where they find that each students learning the same topic in the same way at the same speed. He developed his first machine after some days “teaching machine" that let children solve the same question at their own skills and steps.

Technology educational system has changed. As we see computers also reshaped after every other part of life. One reason is the traditionalism of teachers and their unification. But another is that the brain-extending potential of educational technology is still unverified.

The idea of using new technologies to reshape the education system is not new

The amazing thing is found that there is no link in between what countries expenditure on IT in schools and students old skills and abilities in math’s, science and even readings.

But now the stasis is starting to shift, for two reasons. The first is that “education technology” is progressively able to communicate with students in refine ways. The second reason is the increasing number of schools which are not just securing education technology into the current way of doing things but try to implement the new software to change how students and teachers spend their time.

Technology is a powerful tool in every field or area. Technology has revolutionized the educational system in various ways. It helps teachers to develop any material in a new way for student’s effective learning to teamwork. With the internet and smartphones, now students have no excuse regarding their assignments. Now it is the responsibility of the instructor to use educational technologies as much as they can to change the educational system and take the benefits of technology in education for productive learning.

Pencils down

The conservative model of schooling appeared in Prussia in the 18th century. Changes have failed to teach many children efficiently. Classrooms, graded year-groups, uniform curriculums and fixed timetables are still the custom of various schools in worldwide nearly 1.5bn students.

Many schools still do not reach an effective level. In poor countries, only a few students have to get the core founding of education. These students do not have even basic knowledge of science, math, and reading. Also in developing countries, nearly 30% of the teens have failed to reach the proficiency in any one of the subjects.

Although the system did not changed over the last 15 years, in that period billions were spent on the IT infrastructure in schools. From 2012, there was one computer for two students in many developing countries.

In India, are nearly 50% of children who leave primary school, which make students unable to read just a simple text. “Adaptive" software like Mindspark is used to find out what a child knows and stance questions accordingly. A current study found that students from India, using Mindspark after school, can improve in math and reading.

The educational technology can help learning by making schools more productive

Schools in California are using software to renovate the conservative model. Their students do not use textbook while learning. They use playlists in which they access to online lessons and also take tests. This software measure children’s progress, and reduce teachers efforts. It upload student’s marks and help them to clear their vision. Teachers will save this time to do other important tasks. In 2015 a study found that students who early adopted this model score, had high performance in tests than their other class fellow.

Pay attention at the back

Teachers and schools get the full advantage of educational technology by setting various things right. One is to implement personalized learning.

A myth is that by using technology children do not need a teacher for learning. They just have the internet to Google their query. The educational scholars go into depth to finding the ways of creative thinking. In 2015 a wide education study found that there are nearly 20 effective ways to boost learning, which totally depends on the craft of teaching.

The second authoritative is to make sure that education technology narrows, rather than broadens variations in education. There are grounds for cheerfulness. Some of the revolutionary schools are private ones. But much more schools are run by charter-school groups teaching mostly poor acolytes.

Third, the possibility for educational technology will be understood only if teachers hold it. They have the right to ask for indications that work.

In 1984 Skinner called hostility to technology the “shame" of education. But today with what educational technology was given, a closed-mindedness has no place in the classroom.

 

Author Bio

Shirley John is a content manager at a reputable firm. She helps people create successful Assignment writing service for all academic level students. She is writing many blog posts, where students may find helpful information on education and university life.

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How to Keep Little Kids Happy

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We all know that raising happier children is usually easier said than done. As parents, we need to understand that every child is different. Raising them in today’s stressful and hectic world can be really exhausting but it is also our responsibility to make sure that we raise them a happy one rather than just focusing them to be a smarter one.

As parents, we constantly try to find out ways and things for how we can do that work. Here we show you more ways that you can try as parents to help raise your kids to be a happy one.

  1. Teach them to be Empathetic

A study shows that kids who learn empathy can teach them to stand up for what’s right and to stand against bullying and bad behaviors maybe at school etc. They are more helpful and kind to other kids as well. For example, if you have two children, a good idea is to gift a bassinet to the older one and make him feel responsible for taking care of the younger one. At the same time make him realize that he is special to you and is worthy of taking care of the little one. This way, he will become more caring and he will feel really happy that you trust him with the younger child. Helping the elderly with something is also a great way to learn them empathize. This will not only keep the kids happy but also help them build stronger relationships.

  1. Develop Social Skills

The difference between the kids today and 10 years ago is that they are very much play deprived and not close to nature as well. Sure we send them to various classes where indirectly we are telling them what to do or not, which actually puts stress and pressure on them. We need to understand that an unstructured play is equally important; this helps the kids to have an independent learning. Let them have fun. Let them be just kids for some time.

  1. Have Meals Together

We have all heard the saying that families that eat together live together, but do you know what magical effects it can have on our kid’s happiness? Many types of research have shown that the kids who have their meal with their families are more emotionally stable. Also, it helps in being more connected with the family.

  1. Good Listening Skills

Now this one has to be followed by the parents first. In order to teach the kids, we need to start listening to what our kids have to say to us, be it a trivial thing. It might be a problem for your child and you need to discuss what’s bothering the child so they can learn to express themselves more, and be happier.

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  1. Maintain a Happy and Loving Environment

To keep our kids happy we need to ensure a happy and loving environment, and how can we do that? By being happy and joyful ourselves! We can transmit that positivity to our kids. Studies show that if the parents are depressed or sad it can greatly affect the child’s happiness as well.

The environment should be full of joy and laughter. This is going to keep your child happy as we all know laughter is contagious! Make sure to have a loving, warm and secure environment in the house.

  1. Self Discipline

Teach kids self-discipline, don’t confuse this with being strict with them instead just praise the right thing that they do. For kids who are 3 to 5 years old, everything that they do is new to them. They don’t really know about right and wrong at such a tender age, so appreciate things they do right. The creativity they have and the hard work they might be putting on learning something are a few of them.

So basically what parents must try to do is know your child understand his or her strengths and then build them up slowly. Don’t put any kind of pressure or stress on them.

Please spend time with them, allow them to express themselves without any fear and let them experience the unconditional love you have for them. The above-mentioned ways can surely help you with raising your child a happy one. Do give these a try!

 

Author’s Bio

Martin is a freelance writer and a traveler who aspire to see the world one day. He cherish about writing positive things and spreading positive thoughts. His motto is – “When you think positive, good things happen." In his free time, you can find him learning about new tech and innovations.

 

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Tips For Parenting Your Teen In a Positive Way

Parenting is not an easy task for many people, but it is much harder if your kid is facing difficulties in his way to adult life. What can you do then and how to parent a teenager in a positive way? Moreover, how can you develop a friendly relationship with your teen? Today we will try to answer all these questions, thus here are my tips on how to cope with this:

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  1. Be Friends

Amidst the easiest teens tips on getting along with your children are staying friends with your offsprings. Children do really need to realize that their parents understand and appreciate them and treat them as solid individuals. Having a friendly relationship with your baby is a starting point for any family, thus your duty is to teach your children how to trust you from his early age and maintain this sense during the entire life.

  1. Take Part in Your Kid’s Life

Today many parents are too busy with their careers, duties, and material things of adult life, completely forgotten about their children. Most of them realize a problem too late, that is why it is essential to prevent it at an early stage. How to do this? You can start with making regular things together; such as spending few evenings a week together, getting university coursework help done together or regular eating meal, or spending at least one of the weekends doing what you both like. There are numerous ways of how to become a part of your kid’s life, thus do not blink these opportunities until it is too late.

  1. Respect your child

Children tend to think of themselves as independent and mature while they are growing up, thus try not to harm them by denying this. I am speaking of refusing the fact that they need more freedom as they become older, but you should always be aware of where your teen is going, who are his friends and their parents, this will help you to trust your kid even more and be secure he is safe and sound. Another bad thing you should avoid is arguing with an exalted voice, this will only lead to nervous breakdowns for both of you, thus think positive and do not tie yourself up on knots.

  1. Teach Your Teen and Share Your Own Experiencechildren

We learn something new every day even when we are adults, thus for children it is an integral part of their lives. Some parents say that their kids should live their own lives and make their own mistakes and only this way they can become solid individuals in future, but do you agree with this statement? Of course, we cannot impose our own sense of life to our kids, but we can advise them by telling how to avoid small mistakes or pitfalls our life is full of. Frankly speaking, positive thoughts and good vibes are what your relationship should consist of.

  1. Keep in Touch with Your Children, but Do Not Annoy

People, especially teenagers, get angry easily if they are under total control 24/7. If you think that regular check-ins are your daily duty, then you are completely wrong. Of course, you must control your teen, but it should be in a friendly manner, harsh and strict parenting will make your child only pull you away. If you develop a good relationship, children will share with you everything they feel or think, thus the golden rule for every parent is to find out the balance between over control and positive mentoring.

There are no exact behavioral patterns or positive thinking you should follow in order to become successful parents, thus you must do everything at your own risk. Of course, you can buy a thousand books on how to parent your teen in a positive way, but all children are different, thus they need special approaches. Where to find a key? You must realize that you have to listen to your kid and treat him as an individual with his own fears, believes, opinion and behavioral patterns. Only by keeping in mind all these factors, you can remain friends with your teen during your entire life.

Author’s Bio

Helen is a prolific writer who inspires other people to find their predestination in life. Her life motto is, ‘Do what you care for, love what you carry out.’
She also believes that each individual on the planet has special expertise, and the only complication is to be open in order to see this talent in its full volume.

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100 years of homework writing

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Homework has come a long way. This means even as students in this age partake on assignments, it is noteworthy that it is an activity far from being dispensable. Even in unforeseeable future, students will still be doing different types of assignments on a day to day basis.

Before looking into a brief history of homework, the question is of what significance are these tasks to your grades? A worrying trend is that many students do partake on assignments just for the sake of it. Though when looked at from a scholarly point of view, there is more to it than what meets the eye. What’s more is that how you partake on these tasks matters a lot.

Well, here are a few practical homework tips to keep in mind;

  • Planning is an important step to doing assignments
  • Always locate a quite place from audio-visual distractions
  • Gather all reference materials you will need before settling to work on an assignment to limit unnecessary movements
  • Consult with fellow classmates if need be
  • Consider checking out a good do homework for me
  • Research on a subject you don’t understand extensively beforehand
  • To save time, you can always start as soon as a task is assigned, start with difficult questions and wind up with easier ones

 

In age of the internet, students looking for tips on how to go about these tasks can very well look out for a website that does your homework. There are many of them out there. However, taking note that assignments come in different kinds. It is important to know what sort of work you have been issued with before hiring an ideal helper.

A brief look at homework history and pertinent issues

Homework has become so much engraved into learning culture to an extent that it is practically impossible to do away with it. Further, pay someone to do your homework has become something attached to it. Things get more demanding as one climbs up the ladder of academia. Therefore you really must buckle up for challenges that come with it, be it doing things by one’s self or hiring a professional assignment helper.

Proponents of assignments have always argued from a moralistic point of view.

They say if left to idle while at home, students minds can easily become infiltrated with unruly morals. Therefore keeping them busy with assignments is the best thing to do.
On the other hand, those who are opposed to homework hold that students need time to rest from school work, at least to avoid mental saturation. Cumulatively, all these have culminated into attitude change towards certain educational activities. Though, handling assignments is not as demanding as it was in the 19th century, thanks to the internet.

By a click of the button

Students can access tons of information of any kind on any subject. This is good news to those looking for a reliable help with my math homework agency. Eventualities such as school dropouts which marred learning in early 20th century also led to a lot of questions. Particularly with regard to three or so hours which students spend every night at home doing assignments but with little to show for it.

Issues like recitation, memorization and drilling were largely seen as some of the most unfortunate outcomes out of these tasks. Students could be asked to recite what they have done in their assignments, something which experts argued added no value to academic progress. Another issue that came to the fore was mental health and well being of children as experts argued that they couldn’t contain a lot of workloads. A revolutionary era was to be born when publications advocating for the abolishment of homework hit the peak in the 1900s.

While some districts in U.S and other parts of the world did away homework, strong belief on assignments, almost cultic or faith-like in nature is still being held by parents, teachers and educators. This led to revival of assignments and reversal of some abolishment policies.

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Some of the issues proponents of assignments advocated for include;

  • School work goes beyond the classroom
  • Value embedded on intrinsically intellectual activity and non-intellectual activities
  • Homework makes students more responsible
  • The belief that assignments are liked to how rigorous a curriculum is
  • Good educators are those who issue assignments

It is important to note that every assignment falls within a category, something which you should know as a student. Here are some notable ones:

 

  • Practical homework which are meant to help student learn and acquire certain skills
  • Preparation tasks which are about new things to be taught in future but can be learnt in advance
  • Extension assignment which seek application of skills and knowledge
  • Integration assignments are about application of skills to specific tasks such as research work

Author’s Bio:

Sydney Whitman is educational worker. She spent years working at University and now works at homework service MyHomeworkDone.com, where she found her realization. Besides, Sydney is a well-known beauty blogger.

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