Welcome to MOQdigital’s May Education Newsletter, where our education team share insights into innovation in education technology, tips and tricks for using learning tools in your classrooms along with some thought provocations for leaders in our schools.
This month’s newsletter is focusing on:
- Tips & Tricks for your classroom and remote learning
- Digital Transformation
- 21st Century Skills
May’s Tips & Tricks
Each month we will share some tips and tricks to help complement your teaching and learning both in the classroom and remotely.
DID YOU KNOW THAT….
- PowerPoint Live in Teams is available now, which gives educators even more options for presenting content in one interactive view.
- The Microsoft Education Library is a great resource on a plethora of topics
- Chat can now be integrated into immersive reader and OneNote
- Microsoft has updated View Switcher in Teams to combine different viewer modes such as gallery or together mode whilst still maintaining presentation mode. This allows the presenter to have a visual of all meeting members whilst presenting.
- When reviewing student responses in Microsoft Forms polls, quizzes and assessments you can view from class/group level, drill down to individual student responses and export data to Microsoft Excel for recording as pre and post data, or transfer to your Markbook.
Educators know they need to adapt their ways as global education undergoes a digital transformation, educational organisations are already knee deep in an ever changing and ongoing process.
So what is Digital Transformation? “At its simplest level, digital transformation means transforming an organisation's core business to better meet customer needs by leveraging technology and data. In education, that target customer is students, though it could also be faculty, staff, alumni, and others, says Ed Clark who is the Chief Digital Officer, and VP of Information Technology at the University of St. Thomas. Digital Transformation is making a shift or even a break in the fundamental way that students have been taught (whiteboard, paper and pencil) which that can make some traditional educators uneasy. Helping educators understand the importance of making the shift and how this will benefit students in the long term , is the key to success for many education organisations.
Some examples of digital transformation aimed at transforming the student experience, as stated by Clark, might include items such as:
- recruiting students digitally, using social media and text messaging as part of a data-driven decision process;
- allowing students to register via their mobile phones on scalable cloud-based student information systems;
- providing a variety of online learning options so students have enough courses to choose from at key points in their academic career;
- working with faculty and programs to convert courses to hybrid and blended models;
- using technology to monitor student progress and success metrics and execute intervention protocols; and
- partnering with industry to provide digital badges and certificates to enhance career opportunities.
If educators cannot find a good place to start their transformation, they should look to educational gaming as the path. Many learners of today play games outside of school, and it makes sense to bring this method of learning into the classroom. Having solo and cooperative lessons involving games, such as Minecraft for Education, may motivate students and teachers to adapt their traditional learning mindset using technology.
Digital transformation isn’t just about technology by any means. Many of the posts and articles written about Digital Transformation express that its success relies on people, organisational culture, and leadership. It is incredibly important to empower your team members with professional training and professional development on an ongoing basis and make the expectations clear about what the outcomes you are trying to achieve through these digital experiences.
21st Century Skills: Essential Skills in the Age of the Internet
The Framework for 21st century living, developed with input from teachers, education experts and business leaders, defines and illustrates the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes. the P21 framework represents both 21st century student outcomes (as represented by the arch of the rainbow) and support systems parentheses (as represented by the pools at the bottom).
Learners will have to gain a set of skills and adopt certain characteristics to become successful in the 21st century:
- Critical thinking
- Information literacy
- Media literacy
- Technology literacy
- Social Skills
These skills fall into three categories: learning skills, literacy skills and life skills. They are aimed to help students keep up with the quick pace of today’s modern world and markets. Each skill is unique in how it assists students, but they all have one quality in common: They are essential in the age of the Internet.
With 21st Century skills, students will have the adaptive attributes they need to keep up with a business environment that is constantly evolving. As educators, we know the effect and transformational experience technology brings, but it is important to look at the use of technology in the classroom by asking "What do we want students to learn?", and after we have answered that, we can then ask, "How can technology transform the learning experience and develop st century?”
MOQdigital can help schools get the most out of their technology to lead education into a place where technology and learning are synonymous of each other to help students gain these 21st century skills.
Please reach out to one of our Education Consultants for a free half hour consult to discuss where your school is and where it aims to be, to support digital transformation, 21st century skills and innovative learning in the classroom.