Every employer wants employees who contribute to the overall success of the company. Here’s how the best bring long-term ROI.
An employee doesn’t have to be a top salesperson to bring exponential value to a company. Amazing employees stand out from the crowd in many other ways. Simply put, their contribution far outweighs their cost, regardless of their expense.
Many employers today are willing to pay top dollar for the right people, but often they wouldn’t recognize those “A” players, because they aren’t looking for the right traits or they are too self-absorbed to know a good thing when they have it. Well, here is a list of traits that can easily be observed for solid company ROI.
If you are an employee, strive to make each of these a habit. If you are an employer, appreciate and reward the behavior. Continue reading
If you build it, will they come? Just because you create a makerspace (PDF) in your school doesn’t guarantee that your community will embrace it. Students who have had all personal choice removed by traditional educational models can be passive and feel overwhelmed when faced with real-world problems or design challenges. Academic passivity is common in schools where students swallow content and regurgitate it on multiple-choice tests. Students simply want to know how to get the “A.” This type of learning does not stick.
Teachers may find the role of facilitator (or “guide on the side”) uncomfortable if they are used to being the “sage on the stage.” New technology in these spaces may be intimidating. Teachers need encouragement and professional development to change their mindsets and become facilitators of learning.
How do you change your culture and ensure that your shiny new makerspace will empower students to acquire 21st-century skills? How do you change the culture of student apathy to encourage a mindset of doing? Follow these steps and design tips to build a culture of making and active learning. Continue reading
Maybe you recall the Verizon commercial that follows a young girl as she’s growing up. Samantha takes a keen interest in activities like wading in a stream and building a rocket ship; activities that explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Yet she’s discouraged from pursuing those interests by the folks around her with comments like “Why don’t you hand that to your brother” or “Don’t get your dress dirty.” It concludes with a thoughtful question: Isn’t it time we told her she’s pretty brilliant, too? Continue reading
Blending Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008–2015
In 2008, iNACOL produced a series of papers documenting promising practices identified throughout the field of K–12 online learning. Since then, we have witnessed a tremendous acceleration of transformative policy and practice driving personalized learning in the K–12 education space. State, district, school, and classroom leaders recognize that the ultimate potential for blended and online learning lies in the opportunity to transform the education system and enable higher levels of learning through competency-based approaches.
iNACOL’s core work adds significant value to the field by providing a powerful practitioner voice in policy advocacy, communications, and in the creation of resources and best practices to enable transformational change in K–12 education.
We worked with leaders throughout the field to update these resources for a new generation of pioneers working towards the creation of student-centered learning environments. Continue reading
by Tom Vander Ark
This fall, about 50 million students will return to American public schools. That will include three million students attending more than 7,100 public charter schools.
While it’s hard to count, a couple million of these students will benefit from online learning. Thirty states plus Washington DC have fully online schools operating statewide. Many states and most districts have expanded part-time access to online learning (state policies supporting part-time online learning are often called course access).
More than two million high school students will take advantage of college credit opportunities including dual enrollment and Advanced Placement. Public education in most urban centers operates as a multi-operator portfolio, with or without the consent of the urban district(s). Continue reading