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9 Types of assignments teachers can create in their LMS to evaluate student

Isn't there an easier way to create and grade assignments, speed up the evaluation process and save time?

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June 28, 2022

8 LMS features that support student autonomy in the classroom and beyond

Student autonomy in the classroom is essential for efficient learning. Teachers should support and encourage it all the while without ignoring the importance of communication and teamwork ...

June 21, 2022

How to support your students’ executive functioning skills with the help of your LMS

Academic achievement is the final goal of a student's educational journey. However, to reach optimal results, students need several skills such as critical thinking, planning, self-monitoring, and...

June 20, 2022

ISTE 2022: Meet the NEO team, get your demo, attend sessions and win prizes!

The 2021-2022 school year may be drawing to a close, but educational conference season is in full swing. And while attending conferences to learn about using technology in the classroom during any...

June 14, 2022

How parents can set up a productive home learning space for students

Most schools have now reopened, and students across the nation and the world are back to learning in person. But, that doesn’t mean that remote learning is over. Plenty of schools still follow a...

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June 28, 2022

8 LMS features that support student autonomy in the classroom and beyond

Student autonomy in the classroom is essential for efficient learning. Teachers should support and encourage it all the while without ignoring the importance of communication and teamwork ...

June 21, 2022

How to support your students’ executive functioning skills with the help of your LMS

Academic achievement is the final goal of a student's educational journey. However, to reach optimal results, students need several skills such as critical thinking, planning, self-monitoring, and...

June 20, 2022

ISTE 2022: Meet the NEO team, get your demo, attend sessions and win prizes!

The 2021-2022 school year may be drawing to a close, but educational conference season is in full swing. And while attending conferences to learn about using technology in the classroom during any...

June 14, 2022

How parents can set up a productive home learning space for students

Most schools have now reopened, and students across the nation and the world are back to learning in person. But, that doesn’t mean that remote learning is over. Plenty of schools still follow a...

June 7, 2022

9 Types of assignments teachers can create in their LMS to evaluate student progress

Assignments are an essential part of the evaluation process. They are also one of the most time-consuming tasks for teachers. Creating different types of assignments takes time and patience. You have...

May 31, 2022

How to build a classroom escape room to spark curiosity in learning

Are you looking for a new activity to challenge students to learn in a new way?  Students spend a large amount of their school day sitting in their seats and may have few opportunities to move and...

May 24, 2022

How LMS groups enable student collaboration for better learning outcomes

Student collaboration has become increasingly important over the past years. Teachers are encouraged to promote collaboration in the classroom to achieve better learning outcomes. The consensus is...

May 17, 2022

10 Ways to provide differentiation in professional development for teachers

Student generations come and go, and the needs of today's students aren’t the same as they were ten years ago. Similarly, there has to be a differentiation in professional development for teachers if...

May 10, 2022

How to close learning gaps with the help of an intelligent learning platform

Even if schools strived to offer the best support and equitable distance learning opportunities, this was not always possible. Not all educational institutions could properly equip all their teachers...

May 3, 2022

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 ideas: 22 ways to celebrate the teachers in your life

Teachers have always been at the core of society. They prepare students for their lives and careers, having a direct impact on what the future will look like. Educators work long hours and go the...

April 26, 2022

Online Learning and Mental Health: the XYZ generations

Today’s generation of students and teachers are battling more weighted issues than previous ones. We live in a society that now holds people to higher standards and is much more fast-paced and...

April 19, 2022

How to make competency-based education possible through an intelligent learning platform

Teaching constantly meets new challenges. If frontal lessons were the norm decades ago, things have changed significantly. The focus is now on students and making classes interactive by encouraging...

April 12, 2022

7 Best financial literacy games for students to try out in April

Financial Literacy Month takes place in April and many educators look for ways to provide opportunities for their students to learn about what it means to be financially literate. Originally started...

April 5, 2022

What is an intelligent learning platform for schools and universities?

An intelligent learning platform (ILP) for schools and universities might be the tool you’ll start using soon if you’re a teacher, academic institution leader, student, or parent. Schools and...

March 29, 2022

How to write SMART learning objectives in your LMS

Creating goals is not an option but a must if you’re a teacher. You ensure long-lasting results by having a clear view of what you want to achieve in your classroom. The purpose of teaching goes far...

March 22, 2022

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching?

Education is and has always been the field that autoregulates in order to provide students the tools to live, adapt, contribute, develop and create better outcomes for themselves and generations to...

March 17, 2022

Meet the CYPHER LEARNING team at Bett 2022

The conference season is in full swing, with many opportunities for connecting with like-minded education technology enthusiasts around the world. Now more than ever, it’s the perfect time to find...

March 15, 2022

7 Digital tools for student engagement across all grade levels

As we head into the spring, we may notice a decrease in student engagement. For some students, there have been midterm exams, extended school breaks, or we find ourselves in the middle of...

March 8, 2022

How to set up a classroom gamification level system

For learning to be efficient and produce long-lasting effects, it should be engaging. The more learning resembles a game, the more appealing it will be, which is the concept behind gamification....

March 1, 2022

8 Strategies for increasing student self-efficacy in online education

Teachers want their students to be confident in their ability to reach their goals. The concept that best describes this confidence is student self-efficacy. Students with higher levels of...

February 24, 2022

Pedagogy first, technology second – the key to successful hybrid classes

In today’s heavily technologized world, pedagogy and technology go hand in hand. The Covid-19 pandemic has urged educators worldwide to embrace technology as many of their classes shifted to a fully...

February 22, 2022

7 Digital tools for project-based learning

Students have become more outspoken about the type of education they want. As a teacher, I constantly hear about their desire to learn by doing, see how things develop, contribute to and witness the...

February 17, 2022

STEM vs. STEAM: The importance of the Arts

We live in a world increasingly enhanced by and reliant upon advanced technology. It has a core presence in many areas of our lives and there are few industries not using it in some way. As such,...

February 15, 2022

5 Elements that make lessons more engaging

A version of this post was published in TeachThought . When you think back to your school years, you probably remember those teachers who made classes interesting. They would always find a way to...

February 10, 2022

Exploring Virtual Reality learning experiences in the classroom

With the start of a new year, it is always a great time to explore new ideas or try some new methods that may be a bit different from what we have traditionally done. I always think it is a great...

February 8, 2022

5 Must-have LMS reports for schools

As a teacher or school administrator, you need to stay informed about many class and student-related aspects. Doing this in an old-fashioned manner by talking to each student or manually checking...

February 3, 2022

How to manage slow-working students in your classroom

Students experience learning differently. Some may be able or willing to solve tasks on time, but others may struggle to do so. Teachers will always have students who can’t finish tasks in due time,...

February 1, 2022

How to create a supportive classroom environment

One thing about teaching that everyone learns sooner or later is that you can’t follow a cookie-cutter approach. You might get a few insights from your fellow teachers or remember useful strategies...

January 27, 2022

3 Opportunities for education during the pandemic

Almost two years ago, life took a different turn and the unexpected happened. The pandemic caused havoc and damage in every area of our lives. We all felt its impact more or less and we witnessed the...

January 25, 2022

How teachers can make the most of LMS automation

A learning management system (LMS) is a powerful tool that helps you streamline teaching activities and offer students a personalized learning experience. One of the main capabilities that enable...

January 20, 2022

Meet NEO at FETC 2022!

Helping students continue their education during the pandemic has been a topic of concern since the very beginning. It’s safe to say that it’s still a critical issue and one that needs all of our...

January 18, 2022

Connecting with students in the online classroom

Online learning has been on the rise for a while, but it became the norm for almost everyone at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. While most students have returned to in-person learning, many ...

January 13, 2022

Methods and tools to develop future-ready skills

In preparing students for the essential skills they need for the future, we have different methods and digital tools that we can bring into our classroom space. But what skills do students really...

January 11, 2022

5 Time-saving strategies for busy teachers

With each year that passes, I make a promise to myself to be more organized and change my "I don't have time" mantra.  Do you feel like you're always chasing time and can never catch up with all the...

January 6, 2022

How the pandemic accelerated the need for interactive learning spaces

A version of this post was originally published in Education Today, on November 9, 2021. Online education isn’t by any means something new. However, more than ever before, the past two years have...

January 4, 2022

6 Essential educational trends to look out for in 2022

The new year is an excellent opportunity to put last year’s lessons into practice and start with a clean slate. While there were some disruptions in the educational sector, technology managed to keep...

December 30, 2021

Our favorite teacher memes for 2021

Dear fellow teachers,  For the past two years, I have been writing open letters that are meant to be fun and empathetic at the same time for welcoming the new year on a positive note. Read more:  ...

December 28, 2021

How edtech supports teacher work-life balance and wellbeing

One of the greatest lessons I learned as a former educator turned e-learning company leader is that an organization is only as successful as its employees. Teachers work best when they have the time...

December 23, 2021

3 Before Me: A Teaching method that boosts student independence and raises team players

Most parents and educators strive to find the right balance in education between the ability to cooperate and independence. Both are essential at school and in life.  As social beings, we must learn...

December 21, 2021

Understanding the link between digital literacy, gaming and safety

Students are spending more time online than ever before. Forty-four percent of children under the age of 18 use electronics for more than four hours a day, and the average average 8 to 12-year-old...

December 16, 2021

6 Digital tools that encourage computational thinking

Computational thinking is an innovative approach to teaching that redesigns the STEM and ELA curriculums on a new framework. This framework focuses on turning students from consumers to content...

December 14, 2021

Best practices for a great school-community collaboration

Previously, we discussed why building school-community partnerships is important and how it benefits students and teachers alike.  In a nutshell, the most significant advantage is providing...

December 9, 2021

5 Ways to mix education and entertainment in the classroom

A version of this post was originally published in FutureScot, on October 5, 2021. Life is all about learning, no matter how young or old you are. If you close your eyes for a second and think back...

December 7, 2021

12 Tools to explore during Computer Science Week

The Hour of Code takes place annually during Computer Science Education Week . The week is in recognition of the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computing pioneer.  The purpose of...

December 2, 2021

5 Strategies to make your classes more inclusive

As a teacher of the 21st century, there are many factors that you need to consider when it comes to your classes. You might remember your time in school and those teachers who managed to create a...

November 30, 2021

Online learning tips for neurodivergent students

Online learning has become a prevalent part of the educational landscape. This has some significant benefits. It enables learning to continue when distancing is a necessity. It also provides greater...

November 25, 2021

The gains and pains of the think-pair-share strategy

As a collaborative teaching strategy, the think-pair-share approach has sparked controversy among teachers. Is it a valuable strategy you shouldn’t overlook or is it just not worth the time? Is it...

November 23, 2021

Why building school-community partnerships is the way forward

Collaboration in schools is essential and a big component of learning. At the same time, when we think about collaboration, we mainly refer to student-student collaboration, teachers collaborating...

November 18, 2021

Getting started with STEM in your classroom!

There is a growing need for STEM skills in the workplace, as it has been reported that there will be 3.5 million jobs available by 2025 that require STEM skills. In researching some recent...

November 16, 2021

8 Digital tools for engaging classroom presentations

Whether online or face-to-face, teachers are always looking for ways to create engaging learning experiences. Integrating presentations in teaching is an accessible way to bring technology to the...

November 11, 2021

Using edtech to personalize education for all students

A version of this post was originally published in Education Today , on August 31, 2021. The global pandemic has required many teachers, students, and parents to adjust to many changes in the...

November 9, 2021

4 Exciting edtech tools teachers need to try this school year

Starting a new school year is an exciting time for teachers and students alike. The long summer break gives everyone a chance to disconnect and prepare to begin the new academic year with a clean...

November 4, 2021

How to confidently support independent practice in the online classroom

Guided and independent practice look different in the online classroom than in the physical one. This doesn’t mean that practicing what students have learned is any less effective or important.  ...

November 2, 2021

Answering the Why? How? What? of lesson planning

At the beginning of the pandemic, if you are a little bit like me, you may have felt there's no point in teaching in such an unpredictable context. Finding purpose when school moved completely online...

October 28, 2021

The 4 Rs Model: Gen Z’s expectations about education

The fact that education is undergoing systemic changes is no news. Some of these changes are due to globalization, but the main “culprit” is technology, with its disruptive effects in all aspects of...

October 26, 2021

Meeting the needs of Gen Z students with visual learning

Generation Z, also known as zoomers, is the first cohort of true digital natives —  basically younger than Google. They have strong learning preferences and different ways of processing and...

October 21, 2021

5 Reasons to include micro learning in your teaching strategy

A version of this post was originally published in Education Technology, on April 17, 2021. Researchers and educators have always tried to optimize how we consume knowledge by looking at the...

October 19, 2021

4 Digital tools for creating animated videos for students

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how about a video? Images have always been used to convey meaning and make information easier to remember. Since videos are chains of images more or...

October 14, 2021

6 Classroom resources that help students become digital citizens

October has become the month where educators participate in events focused on digital citizenship. From October 1-31, activities are available to join in, whether for a day like during the ...

October 12, 2021

5 Strategies for a more eco-friendly classroom

Global warming, endangered species, water pollution, and overwhelmingly full landfills are just a few of the reasons why people are considering going green. Only in the US, 46% of lakes are too...

October 7, 2021

Tackling the digital divide after the pandemic

Digitization has changed how we communicate, access services, and the extent of technology present in our lives. Ever since the internet emerged, we have witnessed a new reality among people: those...

October 5, 2021

Making educators’ lives easier for World Teachers' Day

Happy World Teachers’ Day! October 5th is all about celebrating all the wonderful educators around the world. At the same time, this day is also about supporting teachers so that every learner can...

September 30, 2021

How edtech helps students demonstrate learning in more than one way

As educators, we must provide a variety of options for students to develop their content area knowledge and skills in ways that meet their interests and needs. When choosing methods and tools to use,...

September 28, 2021

Eco-education: From eco-schools to eco-citizens

Theodore Roosevelt famously said:

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of...

September 23, 2021

How online learning contributes to a more inclusive HE experience

Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities are often overlooked in the grand scheme of education. However, they are part of the student population, on college campuses, taking...

September 21, 2021

Accelerated Learning (AL) — a solution in times of pandemic

Schools worldwide have faced the many consequences of the pandemic. In these conditions, educators have pursued a journey of analysis and discovery to find the best solutions to help learners move...

September 16, 2021

How STEM is preparing students for future careers

There are few areas of our lives in which science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) don’t play a key role. There is an increasing number of areas in which our activities are becoming more...

September 14, 2021

8 Ways teachers can better deal with digital fatigue

A version of this post was originally published in EdTech Magazine, on June 18, 2021. Teaching is a profoundly caring profession. Just like doctors, nurses, and therapists, teachers deeply impact...

September 9, 2021

7 Outside of the box ideas for teaching students who don’t like writing

Writing is seen as the topmost skill to master by students. Case in point, most Higher Education institutions require strong writing abilities. It’s no wonder that educators focus on writing from as...

September 7, 2021

Digital reflection tools your students can use in class

The concept of reflective practice is an essential part of the learning process. Taking the time to consider what you know at a moment in time lets you put things into perspective and see the gaps in...

September 2, 2021

Creating more interactive learning spaces in the new school year

At the start of a new school year, especially with some unknowns when it comes to whether we will be full in-person or shifting between learning environments, having various tools available as...

August 31, 2021

Using edtech to bring edutainment in the classroom

We all know from our personal experience that learning while having fun is more effective. Granted, the notion of “fun” may differ a lot from one individual to the other, but still, it is important...

August 26, 2021

10 Top tips for creating more effective online learning forums

Asynchronous teaching is more challenging when it comes to creating learning activities. There’s a wealth of information and materials that you can use to teach online, but activities have to be...

August 24, 2021

Assessing with multiple choices instead of multiple-choice

In the maker space where I previously worked, we required students to get 100% on tool safety tests before they were allowed to use the tools. My colleague had created the tests before I arrived on...

August 19, 2021

6 Digital tools that help teachers create effective rubrics

The grading process is time-consuming. It can be overwhelming and frustrating. Grading can even influence what assignments they choose to give to students, anticipating the workload of marking each...

August 17, 2021

Tools and strategies to make remote learning click for all students

Over the last year or so, remote learning has developed a reputation as a solution to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has become clear that this way of sharing knowledge is not...

August 12, 2021

6 Digital tools for giving feedback to students

Learning is the attribute of students, but it cannot happen without feedback, which is the attribute of teaching. Our students need us to guide them through their learning process and offer them...

August 10, 2021

Fostering the development of SEL skills in your classroom

As educators have seen, especially during this past school year, it has become increasingly important to focus on the mental health and wellness of our students. Finding balance and making time to...

August 5, 2021

Navigating e-learning cybersecurity threats as a teacher

Last year, as schools were closing their gates, e-learning cybersecurity wasn’t exactly a top priority for most teachers. In general, when it comes to securing our devices and online solutions, we...

August 3, 2021

4 Ways teachers can use edtech to create personalized learning experiences for students

A version of this post was originally published on April 13, 2021, in Independent Education Today. Education technology (edtech) is on the path to conquering every classroom. With schools opening...

July 29, 2021

3 Ways edtech can help education get back on track

A recent report shared by Google and KPMG reveals that the education tech industry would cater to about 9.6 million users and record a market share of $1.96 billion in 2021, according to Analytic...

July 27, 2021

4 Great examples of edtech that eases parent-teacher communication

Schools have always pleaded for parental involvement in the educational process and the teacher-parent relationship as the ground for academic development and emotional balance of students. With the...

July 20, 2021

Solving the curation equation: Efficient methods for collecting teaching resources

Let’s face it. Most physical textbooks have limitations: they aren’t current, tend to be dry, and focus on giving information without necessarily offering the best pedagogical methods for helping...

July 15, 2021

4 Digital learning trends for Higher Education

A version of this post was originally published in University Business, on April 13, 2021. After more than one year of lockdowns and social distancing measures, it’s clear that some of the changes...

July 13, 2021

5 Digital tools for making the virtual classroom more inclusive

Education used to be associated with classrooms and chairs, desks, and blackboards. Nowadays, education also takes place online, as an integral part of academic education or lifelong learning...

July 8, 2021

5 Quick and easy instructional video ideas for teachers

The move to asynchronous learning can have a steep learning curve, but it’s so important to have engaging materials for online-only classrooms. It goes without saying that blended classrooms also use...

July 6, 2021

Getting started with learning about Artificial Intelligence

Summer is always a good opportunity to explore new ideas, particularly ideas for boosting student engagement or perhaps taking some risks with trying something a bit different in our classrooms. The...

July 1, 2021

4 Things any teacher training program should include from now on

During a recent conversation with close friends, we began remembering teachers who significantly impacted our lives. On quite a nostalgic afternoon, I heard wonderful stories about generosity,...

June 29, 2021

5 Practical applications of IoT in the classroom

We are witnessing tremendous changes in terms of technology in every domain. While the education sector is not particularly known as an early adopter of modern technology, we have seen definite...

June 24, 2021

6 Manageable ways to participate in PD this summer

It has been a challenging school year for everyone. Even though we have experienced many changes, struggled with the unknown, and experienced exhaustion, there have been many positives. We have...

June 22, 2021

6 Steps that prove any teacher can create educational videos

Student engagement is a big part of independent learning. We want students to actively interact with the learning material, no matter where they are and how they’re learning. As such, educational...

June 17, 2021

5 E-learning trends for 2021 and beyond

A version of this post was originally published in Education Technology, on April 14, 2021. Covid-19 has given a boost to edtech and digital learning, and I believe this will last well beyond the...

June 15, 2021

How to teach students entrepreneurship over an online platform

Over 600,000 new businesses open each year in the U.S. Nearly half of the country’s workforce is employed by small businesses. So, it’s no surprise that the next generation wants to continue the...

June 10, 2021

10 Tools teachers can use to create virtual field trips

For the last year and a half, I’ve been more immersed in online education than offline. I started to use Nearpod as a complex tool where I could create complete lessons in my classes. That experience...

June 8, 2021

Making spider web discussions work in asynchronous online classes

In a previous blog post, we talked about spider web discussions and how teachers can make the most out of this method in synchronous online classes. I’ve also mentioned that asynchronous spider web...

June 3, 2021

How to get started with hybrid teaching

Having taught the majority of the school year in a hybrid environment, it took time to adjust to teaching online and deciding which methods or tools to use. Beyond the adjustments related to...

May 27, 2021

5 Evidence-based interventions that have an impact on learning

In an era in which everyone is entitled to their own opinion, regardless of any level of expertise, an evidence-based approach relies on science to adopt adequate strategies and achieve the best...

May 20, 2021

Making spider web discussions work in synchronous online classes

Student engagement in online classes seems to be a never-ending quest for teachers. That’s because building a classroom culture is harder to do in an online environment if you’ve never done that...

May 18, 2021

The 6 principles of mastery-based learning

Innovation in education is a must if we want to keep up with technology and global advancements. The traditional teaching methods no longer serve today's learners. There has to be a paradigm shift in...

May 13, 2021

How LMSs are facilitating growth for students and educators

A version of this post was originally published in District Administration, on April 15, 2021. Since March last year, schools, colleges, students, and teachers have been on a roller coaster. They...

May 11, 2021

8 Ways surveys help school leaders make better decisions

School leaders have to make crucial decisions all the time. Some of these may have short-term effects, but others have a lasting impact on future generations of students. While there’s no denying...

May 6, 2021

5 Awesome online tools for game-based learning

I have long believed that spring presents an excellent time for educators to explore new ideas and try some new digital tools in the classroom. As we look to boost student engagement with the content...

May 5, 2021

5 Digital tools for podcasting in the hybrid classroom

When used as a tool for sharing knowledge and thoughts, podcasts become an innovative teaching method.  Teachers can create personalized materials for lessons, content for research and revision, fun...

April 29, 2021

Why flipping the classroom just makes sense

A version of this post was originally published in Education World, in March 2021. Covid-19 has impacted the world in many ways, but it has also laid the foundations for astonishing transformation...

April 27, 2021

Why self-compassion is important for teachers

Teaching is, in its essence, a caregiving profession. We all have that one teacher who inspired us to aim higher, choose a certain career path, or simply discover our passions. This role comes with...

April 22, 2021

Overcoming the challenges of online learning for students with disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching consequences for years to come. The past year has caused significant disruption to the education system, with the need to maintain safe distances...

April 20, 2021

The uberization of Higher Education: fad or fab?

With the enormous changes brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a new kid on the block that people seem to be talking about a lot lately: the uberization of education. The topic is not new. Once...

April 15, 2021

Taking a closer look at IoT's transformative potential in education

Starting as a connection of non-standard devices to the Internet, such as smart thermostats, lighting, locks, or speakers, the Internet of Things (IoT) has had applications in various domains with...

April 13, 2021

Podcast pedagogy: Leveraging audio programs for learning

It was probably over ten years ago when our after-school multi-media club began creating podcasts for our school using GarageBand on our MacBook Pro. The students put a lot of work into each episode...

April 8, 2021

Building a culture of academic integrity in a remote learning environment

If you're worried about academic integrity while teaching remotely, you’re not alone. A recent survey indicates that 93% of teachers believe students are more likely to cheat if attending school...

April 6, 2021

7 Activities to improve online class participation rates

Are you happy with how your online class is going? All teachers will answer this question at one point or another. A low participation rate is usually one of the biggest problems with online classes....

April 1, 2021

Spring into creativity with these 5 digital tools!

As a language teacher, I am always looking for new ideas or tools for my students to try in our classroom that enables them to create something more authentic and personalized. Providing my students...

March 30, 2021

6 Ways to build meaningful online teacher-student relationships

As a teacher, one of the greatest joys is seeing your students’ eyes light up when they learn something new. We’ve all had that teacher who made us like a subject simply because their personality and...

March 25, 2021

How to overcome digital fatigue as a teacher

Teachers have a saying:

There's no tired like teacher-tired.
Being a teacher has always been a tough job that can drain the last ounce of energy out of you regularly. In the past year,...

March 23, 2021

Using the school LMS to provide emotional support in remote learning

If there’s anything we have learned from the past year’s events, it’s that well-being is now more important than ever. In truth, we can’t ask students to do great in any circumstances. Schools must...

March 18, 2021

How edtech strengthens parental engagement in online learning

Education is a continuous process that starts even before a child goes to school. It starts at home: the first teachers a child has are their parents. While the student goes through the formal steps...

March 16, 2021

The role of the LMS in enhancing the education experience

A version of this post was originally published on February 22, 2021, in eSchool News. The global pandemic has changed the education experience as we continue to live in an extraordinary age of mass...

March 11, 2021

The impact of digital fatigue in the educational system

More than a year ago, in the context of the international health crisis we are still facing, the entire world had to deal with unique learning circumstances. With schools being shut down,...

March 9, 2021

Practice vs. research in education? Why teachers need to do both

Here’s a riddle for you: What came first: the practice or the research? You might say, “practice, of course!” The first teachers didn’t just sit around to collect data about everything under the sun....

March 4, 2021

Foster student agency with these online tools

Education is not a one-way street. It implies joint efforts from both teachers and students to reach the desired outcomes. Moreover, the process of teaching and learning needs to be anchored in real...

March 2, 2021

4 Ways to promote collaboration in digital spaces

As we prepare for spring, it is always good to have some new ideas to promote student engagement and foster more collaboration in the classroom. Whether we are in virtual, hybrid, or in-person...

February 25, 2021

Actionable advice for school leaders on how to create an effective teacher training program

Today's classrooms have more devices, more educational software, more opportunities to differentiate learning based on various student needs, and educators are under more pressure to do more,...

February 23, 2021

5 More principles of effective instruction adapted for online teaching

In a previous post, we discussed the first five principles of effective instruction as outlined in Principles of Instruction by Barak Rosenshine. The guidelines, which are backed up by research in...

February 18, 2021

6 Ways to support spatial reasoning skills online

With much of the emphasis on verbal and math aptitudes because they are measured on mandatory standardized testing, spatial reasoning is not a priority in most schools. This skill, which we find to...

February 16, 2021

5 Basic copyright rules for students and teachers

For teachers, the freedom to create their content and use it in the classroom is a great experience. Each teacher has their own manner of tackling a subject, and when allowed to use their creativity,...

February 11, 2021

8 Benefits of using microlearning when teaching students online

Learning has always seemed a little bit magical. When a student learns something new, you can actually see a physical reaction: maybe they raise their heads, open their mouths, and widen their eyes....

February 9, 2021

4 Reasons why an LMS is a perfect solution for digital minimalism

For most of human history, the majority of people didn’t own much: a set of clothes, tools to work the field, and the basic things for cooking. Rich aristocrats and royals lived in luxury, but that...

February 4, 2021

Should we radically change the way we teach digital citizenship?

February 9th, 2021, marks the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day, a day to come “together for a better internet,” which is more important than ever in light of recent events. The campaign emphasizes...

February 2, 2021

3 Ways in which edtech enables hybrid learning

A version of this post was originally published on December 3rd, 2020, in Education IT Reporter. Worldwide, schools and universities are now, like never before, dealing with a large-scale disruption...

January 28, 2021

7 Ways to explore and create with Augmented and Virtual Reality

As we begin a new year, it is always fun to explore new ideas in our classroom. Finding ideas that work, whether in-person, hybrid, or fully online, can sometimes be challenging. However, I have...

January 26, 2021

4 Scenarios for the new normal of education

Education is undergoing a historical moment. We may not notice the magnitude of the changes brought by the pandemic, but it's obvious that things are not going to be the same. Back to normal (we all...

January 19, 2021

Protecting children in virtual learning environments: Warning signs for teachers

Any teacher knows that you don’t get into this profession unless you care about kids and want to help them build the best possible life. On most days, that goal is also a pleasure. You get to watch...

January 14, 2021

The pivotal role of edtech in the hybrid classroom

This post was originally published in eSchool News, on December 14, 2020.

The United States, just like most countries across the globe, witnessed the life-altering impact of coronavirus first-hand....

January 12, 2021

Let's talk a good game: Mining talk shows for classroom engagement ideas

Although teaching during a pandemic has presented many new challenges, educators were searching for ways to keep students engaged and motivated during class long before 2020. Distance learning,...

January 5, 2021

Why each student needs a personalized learning path

Remember Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz? At some point in the story, Dorothy sets off to find the famous Wizard of Oz and her journey begins with a first step on the Yellow Brick Road. She follows the...

December 29, 2020

Our favorite teacher memes for 2020

Dear fellow teachers, Last year I wrote an open letter that was meant to be fun and supportive at the same time, and to make you welcome the new year with a positive attitude. Read more: Our...

December 22, 2020

What every teacher should know about the hexagonal approach to learning

In a quest to find innovative ways to stimulate learning, teachers often try to reinterpret patented theories. One of these reinterpretations is the hexagonal approach to learning. Based on the...

December 17, 2020

Top learning myths to leave behind in 2020

It seems that everyone’s looking forward to the new year and the promise that it holds. And who should blame us? It’s 2020, after all, am I right? For my part, I also think that we should leave other...

December 15, 2020

How to grow your confidence with using edtech these days

When people think about classroom diversity, they often do so with regards to students: how each student has a unique background, how diverse their interests are, or how their learning needs differ...

December 10, 2020

How to do more with less screen time

One of the nicest advantages that some students enjoyed about the spring version of online learning was the relaxation of the bell schedule. However, the attempts to squeeze normalcy into an...

December 8, 2020

Is optimism the key to excellent teaching?

In the ‘60s, most learning science researchers agreed that students learn by association and reinforcement, ignoring the individual factors that influence learning. However, that all changed when a...

December 3, 2020

Making the case for paperless schools

There is no consensus about paper-based and paperless education. Some studies have shown that taking notes by hand is better for long-term comprehension, so students should be encouraged to keep on...

December 1, 2020

4 Online museums you can bring in the classroom

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie “Night at the Museum” with my family again, and I realized that one of the fondest memories I have from school years is a visit to the museum. I remember being...

November 26, 2020

How to minimize cheating in online assessments

Academic dishonesty is a touchy subject. From college admission scandals to exam cheating, it affects all schools in one way or another. At one point, all teachers have wondered at their students’...

November 24, 2020

How to manage assessments in the blended classroom

Technology is part of our daily lives. Schools have taken big steps towards using online resources and tools, but we can expect online learning to have a more important role in students’ education...

November 19, 2020

STEAM: STEM plus Arts, for a more enriching learning experience

The ideal of the Renaissance man, the polymath with expertise in a wide range of fields, is long gone. We live in an era of hyperspecialization. And not without reason, as specialization has its...

November 17, 2020

The NEO Blog just turned 5!

November has some extra special meaning for the NEO team. Each November, we look back to the previous 12 months, and then all the way back to the very first post published on the NEO Blog, to reflect...

November 12, 2020

Striking the perfect balance between online and offline learning

Edtech has always been a fascinating field of study. Teachers and developers alike have jointly explored new ideas and tried new hardware and software in the classroom for decades. However, the...

November 5, 2020

6 Digital storytelling tools for hybrid learning environments

Throughout the school year, we have many opportunities to engage students in digital storytelling. At the beginning of the school year, I find that by asking students to share their stories — either...

November 3, 2020

The truth about “Maslow before Bloom”

Among the many famous sayings that teachers know by heart, “Maslow before Bloom” stands out the most. Unlike other popular educational theories, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (HN) seems to have reached...

October 29, 2020

4 Awesome edtech solutions for making students fall in love with reading

Teachers and parents complain that students (of all ages) don’t read anymore. While there is some truth that we acquire most of our habits by imitating those around us during childhood, we should...

October 27, 2020

Digital citizenship: a conceptual model for developing a K-12 curriculum

Digital citizenship is essential for all people living in a digital economy. Since the economy shapes our lives and our communities, we cannot take part as active citizens in the important events...

October 22, 2020

What does an edtech coordinator do?

The academic world changes slower compared to other areas. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t many exciting new roles available in schools and universities. One of those jobs is education...

October 20, 2020

How to facilitate meaningful discussions in hybrid or virtual classrooms

As a teacher for more than a quarter of a century, I have been intimately involved in trying to move education from the factory “assembly line” model to one that is more student-centered. One of my...

October 13, 2020

5 Ways in which educational videos enhance online learning

Education experts have been talking about the rise of remote learning for years and years. However, it’s only recently that it has become not only widespread but nearly compulsory, as the COVID-19...

October 8, 2020

6 Ways in which an LMS is central to an effective e-learning strategy

A version of this post was originally published on July 2, 2020, in Open Access Government. In the context of the pandemic, many schools and universities turned to virtual learning environments as...

October 6, 2020

Teaching SEL skills in online education

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process that helps kids and adults alike to understand and manage their emotions so that they can develop positive and meaningful social relationships. When...

October 1, 2020

What 5 chatbots tell us about the future of HE

Last time we talked about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education, we’ve seen how smart speakers can help university students navigate campus life. However, voice-assisted technology isn’t the only...

September 29, 2020

How to use learning communities to improve student success

For educators, watching students learn is second only to watching them use what they’ve learned to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. After all, your ultimate goal is to prepare...

September 24, 2020

10 DOs and DON’Ts in Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is an educational method that allows students to learn new things by exploring the topics on their own (well, almost), by doing their research, and by co-creating their...

September 22, 2020

Using adaptive learning to personalize learning experiences

A version of this post was originally published on August 13, 2020, in Open Access Government. The ideal learning process for a student is one that adapts to that student’s every need: the...

September 17, 2020

Top edtech tools for digital differentiation

In my recent article regarding using Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms, I mentioned Todd Rose’s term, “design to the edges,” which is what educators attempt to do each day as they...

September 15, 2020

The most important LMS analytics that teachers should know about

One of the benefits of using an LMS for online teaching is that it makes teachers’ lives easier when it comes to tracking student progress and learning outcomes. An LMS can provide rich analytics and...

September 10, 2020

Starting the year: Ideas for anywhere learning

As schools across the country are still deciding on how to safely return to school, I have been slowly working through some new ideas, trying to plan around what may be a year full of transitions...

September 8, 2020

Helping students develop job skills through the use of edtech

Education lies at the core of any society. It has a crucial role in shaping people to become strong pillars of society, capable of sustaining development in every domain. With all the changes that...

September 3, 2020

Virtual Virtuoso: Optimal user experience features for e-learning

Whether you’re an experienced educator or a parent struggling to adjust to remote learning in the face of the national lockdown, chances are good that you’re looking for ideas to help your student,...

September 1, 2020

9 Easy mindfulness activities for the virtual classroom

There’s an elephant in the classroom. It grows bigger and bigger or smaller and smaller, depending on whether we decide to acknowledge it or not. The elephant is anxiety, and while it doesn’t affect...

August 27, 2020

9 Tips for getting students excited about e-learning

E-learning has been growing in popularity with the advancement of edtech and technology in general. The ability for students to learn using an online platform solves for in-person learning issues and...

August 25, 2020

PERMA 2.0 or digital wellbeing during remote teaching

With remote teaching being an option for many schools and universities all over the world, things begin to change when you consider the wellbeing of all those involved in the educational process. For...

August 18, 2020

Why edtech plays a big role in future-proofing education

A version of this post was originally published on August 3, 2020, in Right Strat Online. After many weeks of lockdown, schools around the world are now caught up in what feels like endless...

August 13, 2020

From normal to better: Using what we’ve learned to improve education

Since the beginning of the school shutdowns, there have been debates about the effectiveness of online learning. Many education experts have offered ideas on how to improve what was, in essence, an ...

August 11, 2020

How to keep parents engaged in school activities using an LMS

A key aspect of the wellbeing of students is the involvement of parents in their academic life. Parents need to be aware of what is happening with their children in school, how they are progressing...

August 6, 2020

7 Tips on how to adapt teacher-student rapport while teaching online

Teachers have always been focused on building rapport with students. They want to develop a harmonious relationship with all students in the classroom so that students should feel comfortable to...

August 4, 2020

Teaching students how to manage digital distractions

When I was a teenager, I had a dumb phone that I mostly used for emergencies. By the time I got to work with teenagers, they had sophisticated devices through which they could even fact check me...

July 30, 2020

Adapting the 5E teaching model to remote classrooms

A comprehensive teaching model helps educators identify strategies that motivate learners to discover new things, to explore a new field of knowledge (or continue exploring previous ones, but with...

July 28, 2020

Can outdoor learning help hone your students' learning?

' Nature deficit disorder' is a term coined by the renowned author of The Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv. It espouses the idea that all human beings — especially children — need to spend time...

July 23, 2020

The 5 Bs of online feedback teachers need to master

The online learning environment has become the new school for almost every student in most countries as a result of the current pandemic. Teachers have been trying to keep their students connected to...

July 21, 2020

How an LMS can help teachers keep older students engaged

A version of this post was originally published on February 4, 2020, in Open Access Government. The number of middle school teachers has fallen dramatically in the last decade or so. Teachers...

July 16, 2020

Focus on 21st-century skills: 3 Digital trends in K-12 education

With technology so widespread at work, at school, and at home, being able to efficiently interact with it is an essential skill for everyone — adults, teenagers, and children. To a certain extent,...

July 14, 2020

Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms

As schools were compelled to implement distance learning during this year’s pandemic, it became clear that emergency remote learning widened many gaps that already existed within the walls of brick...

July 9, 2020

How to give feedback to students in the online learning environment

The educational process has suffered major changes in the past few months due to the pandemic that has spread around the globe. For many educators and students, this has been a bumpy road. But...

July 7, 2020

Exploring new ideas and skills in the summer

We have definitely experienced a challenging couple of months in the world and in our roles as educators. The summer break is the time to focus on taking time to reflect, relax, and recharge. It is...

July 2, 2020

Helping teachers and admins see the value of edtech

The fact that education needs to change isn’t something new. Thinkers, authors, teachers, and school leaders have been saying it for many years, citing areas such as curriculum, pedagogy, school...

June 30, 2020

How online teaching improves inclusivity in education

The promise of education in the 21st century is for no child to be left behind. Although the Act of Congress bearing that name hasn’t necessarily lived up to its promise, there are still many...

June 25, 2020

Authentic learning and edtech: A match made in heaven

Authentic learning is one of the new kids on the block in the field of education. It has emerged as a necessity to shift from the old paradigm in which students reproduce contents delivered by...

June 23, 2020

3 Pillars of personalized instruction: interactivity, flexibility, and authenticity

Education is a complex process of getting teachers and students involved in a journey of self-discovery and personal growth to benefit everyone involved. To get the best of this experience, teachers...

June 18, 2020

How an LMS can support a school’s edtech strategy

A version of this post was origianlly published on April 14, 2020, on FE News. Schools have a lot of data to manage. The problem is, many schools still rely on legacy systems and even paper-based...

June 16, 2020

Implementing education technology by pursuing technology education: PD ideas for educators

Technology plays a prominent role in the modern classroom. Students use laptops, tablets, and myriad software to complete in-class work and at-home assignments. Teachers take advantage of smartboards...

June 11, 2020

7 Online teaching hacks instructors need to know

The global pandemic has impacted the way instructors teach and communicate with their students. E-learning has now become the primary source of instruction — but this is new territory for a number of...

June 9, 2020

How to S.T.E.A.M. up distance learning

For schools where traditional learning has been the norm, the transfer from the classroom to emergency remote learning has presented many practical challenges. Many of these have to do with access,...

June 4, 2020

Best practices for supporting parents with remote learning

With schools under lockdown, parents have taken on the role of teachers, in addition to being caregivers and workers. In these uncertain times, it’s hard to say when things will go back to “normal”....

June 2, 2020

Exploring new ideas: Student-driven remote learning

For many schools, it has been nearly two months of remote learning. Many schools around the world are facilitating remote learning for the remainder of this academic year and possibly longer, and we...

May 28, 2020

Distance learning during the pandemic: Improvise. Adapt. Overcome!

A version of this post was originally published in the April 2020 E-Learning Supplement of Education Today. Strange. Challenging. Hopeful. These are probably the best adjectives that describe the...

May 26, 2020

Top tech to teach Art remotely

Renowned poet and writer Dana Gioia once said, “The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete...

May 21, 2020

How to overcome resistance to online education in Higher Ed

Embraced by some, considered by others only a back-up solution during these exceptional times brought by the global pandemic — that forced many universities across the globe to carry on their...

May 19, 2020

Education technology and the future of Higher Ed leadership

Education is a constantly evolving sphere, but the introduction and integration of technology have changed it forever. “Learning” now takes on a different meaning, with technology redefining who can...

May 14, 2020

What’s next? Lessons from the lockdown on traditional education

At this point, you’ve probably heard enough of the recent changes brought about by the pandemic. While it’s important to discuss what is happening right now, we’ve had enough time to also think about...

May 12, 2020

How distance learning fosters global collaboration

Faced with a pandemic that has dramatically altered the way we do practically everything in a matter of weeks, teachers, in particular, have been tossed outside of their comfort zones as schools...

May 7, 2020

Actionable advice for educators to move to online learning

At this point, you’ve probably mastered the intricacies of digital conferencing to communicate with your students. You’re getting comfortable with a new schedule, technology, and online grading. But,...

May 5, 2020

6 Resources for teaching about Artificial Intelligence

The interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has grown so much in the past few months, with news alerts and updates about how Artificial Intelligence is being used in almost every area of life. Last...