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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To - #eLearning

The number of students participating in online courses continues to grow and for those that currently teach with students in their physical classroom, there are shifts towards blended learning, with part of the day online and part of the day with more direct instruction. This post looks at ways to keep students' attention online, but the same components are also important in the face2face classroom.

What is it that help students pay attention?

* Problem solving

* Comparisons

* Visuals

* Questions

* Emotions

* Stories

* Contrast

* Controversy

* Brevity

* Lists

Each of these areas is described in more depth when you click through to the post and in many cases you will find links to additional resources.

You may already be using some of these strategies, but try combining two or more to see how students react. Many of the strategies promote authentic learning opportunities, which promote high engagement. All are valuable to understand and to use in the classroom, but it online or face2face.

Curated by Beth Dichter

What's the Future of #Learning? | Cable Tech Talk

Soon, millions of children will be preparing to start first grade. They come to the classroom having been exposed to tablets, e-readers and smart phones, websites and video games, TV and YouTube and Vine. Today’s first graders inhabit a world that’s very different from what their parents knew at that age. Yet, these kids walk into a classroom that has looked and functioned in almost the same way for decades. This disparity between the realities of changing students and the relative stagnation of their learning space is the focus of the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet. They’re asking, “What does learning look like today and what should it look like tomorrow?” In their most recent report, Learner At the Center of a Networked World, the Aspen Institute outlines recommendations and action items that shift the way students are being taught. It recommends redesigning the learning environment and leveraging technology to develop and access learning networks that are safe and interoperable. It also outlines the roles teachers and parents as well as businesses and policymakers can play in the education process. An interesting facet of the report is its focus on digital age literacies, a combination of media literacy, digital literacy and social-emotional literacies. Mastering these skills will help students effectively and responsibly navigate within the digital world. As the largest broadband provider in the US, cable places digital literacy high on our priorities list. Helping kids understand the content they interact with and how to act responsibly while online is very important to us. Click headline to read more--

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