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There tends to be two major schools of thought about culturally relevant teaching practices. The first is to tailor instructional materials so that they fit into the culture of the child. The second is to expose children to a wide range of cultures through varied instructional materials. In a recent blog post by Mark Barnett, he explores how a well rounded culturally relevant curriculum would seamlessly integrate both of these ideas so that the culture of origin for the child is respected before introducing other cultures and values.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the world, but as we begin the process of recovery, one of the positives that can be taken from the pandemic is how EdTech continued to evolve and experience the environmental impact. Ella Melville-Shaw examines these developments in education and technology.
The pandemic has affected all aspects of life, and the disruption felt by students is no exception. A phrase that has been top of mind lately is learning loss. Ryan Kramer addresses the issue by sharing how digital skills benefit education and lift students’ ability to learn after an unconventional school year.
It’s been a full year since COVID-19 affected us all globally and forced us to quickly adapt to a new way of life. A significant change, in particular, was to the workplace and educational establishments. Teachers and students were suddenly expected to adopt a digital way of learning and had to rely on EdTech platforms like never before.
This past year has emphasized the importance of understanding what it takes to holistically support the academic success and personal development of our youth. Virtual Learning has forcibly engaged every stakeholder at every stage of a child’s development to acknowledge important determinants of our future.
During the early years, the educational focus is less on cultivating particular technical skills and more about creating digital familiarity, developing ways of thinking (such as computational thinking and design thinking), and building a foundation for fluency. This can be done in all manner of ways and it is never too young for students to start on the journey of creating with digital tools and skills.
More than ever, we need students to possess strong digital literacy skills so they can make informed decisions, be competent researchers, and form opinions free of bias.
To encourage and develop a growth mindset in students, we should model and implement the key characteristics of a growth mindset in how we work. Like our learners, we as educators should cultivate a growth mindset for ourselves!
By definition, machine learning uses artificial intelligence to improve upon itself, when utilized by educators in the classroom, it opens up a number of opportunities for schools to optimize their curriculum and teaching. In this article, I’ve identified six interesting developments and challenges from my research that may help to guide educators through 2021.
EdTech has taken a front-row seat in the global business landscape in 2020 with investors making significant bets on established and larger companies in growth investment rounds. 2021 will be a year when the disruption of 2020 becomes the new normal and it is against this backdrop that the future of EdTech will truly be defined.
As the Hour of Code week approaches, we asked Mark Barnett, our VP of Education, and Nickey Khemchandani, our CTO to reflect on the importance of coding, what really matters in coding education, and to share their ideas on how educators and technologists can benefit from collaborating.
It turns out that playing games and engaging in other forms of play are deeply stimulating and intuitive activities that require cognitive thinking and problem solving, the very things that education strives to achieve. Instead of shunning play in education altogether, perhaps there are ways in which we can leverage play in classrooms as a way to keep children engaged while learning.
Too often, nowadays, we try to find a tech solution to all that we do and often begin to lose focus on what is most important. Personalized learning is not about technology. Let us not forget the power and importance of teacher-student relationships and our role as teachers in inspiring and being beacons to our learners.
BSD In the News
Virtual Spring Tech Camps With BSD Education
With a range of virtual tech-related course offerings, BSD Education is here to help the little ones develop an inquisitive mind through technology.
March 29, 2021
Fourteen-year-old girl takes the lead in organizing Hong Kong’s first global hackathon
A global hackathon aimed at inspiring girls and young people from underrepresented communities to enter the world of artificial intelligence is set to take place in Hong Kong for the first time later this month.
March 8, 2021
Hong Kong-based BSD Education plans to raise $4m in its ongoing series A round
Hong Kong-based edtech firm BSD Education said it is currently in the process of raising US$4 million from undisclosed investors in its series A financing round.
March 5, 2021
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