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The Global Educator, by Julie Lindsay

Many schools are making the attempt to reinvent their classrooms and schools by including more technology. By rearranging these classrooms and learning environments, schools believe it’ll help accommodate more active learning. Some educators also believe that schedules should be more flexible to allow more opportunities for learning new skills and for independent study.

Collaborative learning is when students and or teachers work together on group activities. The approach to collaborative learning involves activities with four main principles: placing the learner at the center, emphasizing interaction and doing, working in groups, and developing solutions to real-world problems. From studies done so far, this type of learning has been beneficial to both the students and the teachers. In addition to collaborative learning in the classroom, it is being used on the internet for global collaboration.

Another new technological technique being integrated into classrooms is coding. It is being perceived by many educators as a way to stimulate computational thinking. A study done showed that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs but only 400,000 computer science students to fill them. Educators are trying to increase this number by promoting complex thinking at a young age. To make it easier for students learning, there are even user-friendly tools for beginners.

Teachers are expected to have multiple different methods of teaching, and are also expected to collaborate with other teachers in and out of the classroom. They guide the students without doing all of the work for them, which promotes student-centered learning. With technology being integrated into the everyday lives of these students and teachers, leaders are looking to encourage schools to provide ways for students to keep learning beyond the school day and at home. This idea is making schools across the world rethink educators roles in the school system and how technology is becoming a large portion of the education system.

The digital divide refers to the unequal access to, use of, and impact of information and communication technologies on learning. Digital technology has become a huge important role in a student’s education and success. School districts are attempting to fairly distribute equipment and encourage more technology based learning at home.

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