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Susannah Holz

Susannah Holz

Susannah would have liked to be a student forever, but life had other things in mind. Writing is the perfect medium for keeping up with the world of e-learning and edtech.

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. Only 3% of teachers in high-poverty level schools said th...

Educational infographics: The good, the bad and the ugly

We have recently been exploring how cognitive science and learning theory underpins effective digital learning tools such as video-based learning. Today I wanted to explore infographics, why they work...

Video-based learning: Why it works [Part 2]

Last week we began an in-depth exploration of why video-based learning works from a cognitive, psychological and learning theory point of view. I looked at research by Prof. Richard Mayer of Santa Bar...

Video-based learning: Why it works [Part 1]

In my previous blog post I discussed some of the initial steps teachers need to take in order to flip their classrooms. One of those steps is getting comfortable with video. Today I’m going to explore...

Where to begin if you want to flip your classroom?

I’ve always found the phrase “Flipped Classroom”, quite deceptive — it makes the process appear effortless and swift. Educators who have attempted this revolution in teaching, however, will no doubt d...

The amazing power of ed-tech on connecting classrooms

This post has been updated on February 16, 2020. More and more teachers are using online tools to connect their classrooms globally. Specifically, there is a range of ways teachers are using technolog...

Teaching students specific technical skills

In my last blog I went on a minor diatribe about what I perceive to be a lack of technical, and specific, skills development across school curricula. We briefly explored the UK’s recent announcement o...

An argument for technical education

We hear them so often: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking, that they can become a slightly redundant refrain, muffled by an already crammed education discourse. Some organi...

Exploring scenario-based learning for young students

I have recently started playing The Room, a series of incredible mobile games from Fireproof Games. It is an incredible, multi award winning game that test your mechanical and analytical problem solvi...

DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship

Teaching digital citizenship can be a polarizing activity. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, as digital natives, students seldom feel at a disadvantage when it comes to understanding on...

Teaching Computational Thinking: In practice

In my previous post we explored what computational thinking is, and why teachers should consider teaching it in their classrooms. I observed then that many teachers will no doubt be teaching this meth...

Why should teachers encourage Computational Thinking?

In your edtech journey and research you may have come across the term “computational thinking”, and like me, you may have delved into a few definitions of the term; at which point you may have also ha...

5 Secrets that could unlock your school's LMS

LMS (Learning Management System) integration is naturally an important topic here at NEO, and we have blogged a number of times previously about the key steps to take in successfully integrating an LM...

3 Ways AR works in real-life classrooms

In my last blog on augmented reality I bemoaned the overly enthusiastic predictions that AR will revolutionize the classroom. As a counterpoint, and in the interest of fairness, I thought today I’d sh...

The surprising power of humor over the learning process

Today I thought I’d literally lighten the mood, and explore the role of laughter and humor in learning. There is little success where there is little laughter — Andrew Carnegie Humor (and I distinguis...

12 Rules of effective Instructional Technology Coaching [INFOGRAPHIC]

Instructional Technology Coaching (ITC) is a prevalent method of deploying on-going professional development for teachers, with a specific focus on the integration of technology into both the curricul...

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