Technology role in 21st Century Learning

Students used to ask the question of how the material was relevant to their lives.  The more and more I heard this question, the more it made me ask myself the same. What I discovered was that education had not changed in the last 200 years, but the world was changing rapidly.  How were my students being served by the traditional classroom for their future in the 21st century. My conclusion was that they were not being well prepared. 21st century education is about preparing students for a world which does not exist, yet.  We cannot do that by focusing on the details of what they do not know. We must, rather, focus on the how to gain that information and the ability to think through the information. Technology allows students to access any piece of information at any time.  This means that we no longer need to focus on the stuff, but rather on the ability to learn information when it is relevant to them. 21st century education is really about teaching our students to think for themselves.

Ron Oliver of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia examines the role of technology in his article “The role of ICT in higher education for the 21st century: ICT as a change agent for education.”  With the available technology, 21st century skills can reach any student, anywhere in the world.  This means that students are no longer limited by the area of their birth, they can receive a high quality, 21st century education anywhere in the world and at any time!

The problems of our world require us to leverage all of human genius.  Famine, drought, disease, poverty are all problems that we need to solve in the 21st century, but we cannot do that if most of our students are not taught in the 21st century education model and if we continue to marginalize most of the world’s population.  21st century education is about all students, regardless of where they reside, learning to think, communicate, and collaborate our way to a better world. Stay tuned!

Shawn Huffman

iAM Global Education, Director of Curriculum and Innovation

Pathway to Citizenship/Immigration

 

iAM Global Education®: Making the world a better place through education.

Let us assist you through the complex U.S. Citizenship process with our Pathways to Citizenship course guide, a comprehensive, online, regularly updated study guide to help you prepare for the United States citizenship process, all from the comfort of your computer, or mobile device, anywhere in the world. Understanding the process is your first step towards success for U.S. Citizenship.

Merit-based immigration system is a hot topic when referring to the U.S. Citizenship process. Let’s be clear, if any changes within the immigration process do occur, it won’t happen within the next 5 years. Of course, this time span could be even longer depending on if, and when, the new Merit-based immigration system is passed into law. By that time, you may have already have obtained your U.S. Citizenship if your start the process now. iAM Global Education® can help you get started.

 A “green card” or visa is the initial step of the process to pursuing U.S. Citizenship.  A “green card,” or permanent residence card, can be obtained through the USCIS office.  The green card will be the first step, even if a new, merit based law goes into effect.  The U.S. Merit-based visa system is currently U.S. Senate bill that will assess an applicant’s skills, age, education, work history, ties to the U.S., knowledge of the English language, business and community service activities, nationality, etc. (https://qz.com/1049331/merit-based-immigration-where-could-you-move/) U.S. Merit-based immigration system is not currently a law. If it becomes a law, it will take at least 5 years to go into effect.

Start your U.S. Citizenship process now with iAM Global Education®: Click on our website www.iamglobaleducation.comto enroll in your online guide and begin your U.S. Citizenship journey without delay today!  iAM Global Education wants to make your world a better place through education.

Jeannine Woolsey, iAM Global Education, Director of Strategic Initiatives

21st Century Classrooms

21st Century Blog for 7/19/18

As educators, we are preparing students for careers that don’t even exist today. So, what steps should you take to become a 21st Century educator and gain the skills you will need to make a difference for your students?  Teacher Thought organization tells us there are 4 essential rules of 21st Century learning classrooms (https://www.teachthought.com/learning/4-essential-rules-of-21st-century-learning/), but truly creating 21st Century learning environments takes strategic planning and professional development. Get started today and transform your learning environments into 21st Century learning classrooms. iAM Global Education® can provide you and your entire school with comprehensive training via online classes, webinars, and/or face-to-face workshops anywhere around the world. Meet our 21st Century learning expert team and champions that will guide you to transform your traditional learning environments into 21st Century classrooms. Be a 21st Century Educator starting today!  iAM Global Education will guide you every step of the way. Check out www.iamglobaleducation.com and learn more how to begin your 21st Century classroom transformation.  iAM Global Education: Making the World a Better Place through Education.   

– Jeannine Woolsey

Accessing Education: Why An Online School May Be Right For You

There are so many reasons why an online school makes sense for so many students and families, and some are more obvious than others, but all have at least one thing in common: an online school provides better access to educational resources.

Certainly, the benefits of technology use, in an online school, for students, as they prepare to enter into an ever changing professional landscape, cannot be overstated. Training students to work effectively, collaboratively, and safely, with the tools they will be using after graduation is vital to their education, and an online school can provide that training in a most effective and efficient way(see: http://www.gettingsmart.com/2015/11/the-shift-to-digital-learning-10-benefits/); but there are some other key benefits to an online school that sometimes don’t make their way into the conversation.

Amongst all of these is how an online school can provide access.  Many times we take access for granted in education. A student shows up to a school and gains access to that institution’s resources of teachers and equipment and other elements, simply by being “in the room.”  All well and good, but what about students who live in areas where that kind of access is simply not possible, due to the realities of finances, community infrastructure, or even the student’s physical limitations?

One commonality, between brick-and-mortar and online schools, is that specialized programs, critical in today’s education landscape, require specialized tools. And specialized teachers, for that matter. But these specialized resources are not always easily accessed for any number of reasons.  Certainly in the more traditional brick-and-mortar setting.

Should a gifted student, who lives hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from a particular education opportunity, not have the ability to take advantage of that opportunity, simply because of their location?  Something likely well beyond the student’s control. An online school can make distance essentially irrelevant.

Or what about the student who has an incredible intelligence, but is confined to a bed, making it impossible for them to attend a brick-and-mortar school?  Again, an online school can make this potentially severe limitation irrelevant.

There are, of course, any number of other examples, surely enough to fill pages here, but the bigger point is that an online school can be the key to ensuring that any student, anywhere, regardless of their circumstance, does not need to be limited in terms of educational opportunities.

-Richard Maxwell

What does it REALLY take to be a successful student?

Everyone seems to be looking for the perfect recipe on how to be a successful student. The recipe varies from student to student and the quantity of ingredients changes as students change. However, there are certain recurring qualities and actions that lead to the most successful students.

            The first important feature is understanding the “why” behind the student’s motivation. This important aspect is oftentimes overlooked because students are expected to go to school and graduate. While that mandate exists, the better job we do to understand a student’s true motivation, the better we can keep them engaged.

Graduation from high school and going to college is not a “Why”.

Becoming a doctor or a lawyer is not a “Why”.

Those are just means to an end. Perhaps a student had a family member get sick from cancer and they want to become a doctor to help with research and advancement. That deeply rooted cause is the “Why”. It is important to know what drives the student to better show them how their first step of high school graduation is eminent in all future steps.

           The second key feature is time management. This can mean different things to different students so understanding how a person best operates is helpful in planning out a guide for success throughout not only their high school career but all future endeavors. It is important to identify whether a student is task or time centered. A task-centered student will look at a calendar and set a progress goal of completion. For example, making sure to complete my homework by Friday. These students commit large sections of time knowing they must invest the time to get the results. Other students are more time-focused. They construct their schedule from a time perspective such as committing to 30 minutes per day, or 1 hour on specific days. Once the student is identified as being task or time centered, a schedule can be created which plays to their strength and builds successful habits.            

          The third key element that regularly emerges is being responsible for one’s own learning. This should not be confused with having to teach themselves content. Students should take the steps needed to seek out resources to be successful. Rather than feeling as if things just happened to work out, this type of quality focuses on the person taking action steps to reaching their goals. This type of ownership allows students to see and feel a more comprehensive sense of success as their day to day actions led to that success.

          Are there more qualities that can lead to student success? Of course! There are infinite assets that one can possess to help be successful; however, almost any additional quality can be categorized under being motivated, a good time-manager, and proactive.

 

Rony Assali

 

Do I really need a high school diploma?

    A high school diploma is not simply a milestone in one’s life, but rather it is a required ticket to help you springboard your future. That future may consist of higher education, immediate career, or a trade; nonetheless, a high school diploma is essential in allowing you to take that next step.

            There are many obstacles to completing a high school diploma that typically deal with time, and effort. These vary from person to person and from culture to culture. However, it is important to note that those who have a high school diploma, on average, make over $10,000 per year more than those who have not finished high school. Therefore, those challenges that may seem so dire and immediate will end up being less significant in the grand scheme of things.

            The great news is that with the internet and technology connecting the world, lack of time can no longer be a prominent barrier in attaining a high school diploma. The answer is an online high school. However, with a simple answer comes a wide variety of options that include  availability, cost, and quality. So how do you choose the best online high school that will meet the needs of the students?

            There are a few different types of Online High Schools available:

  1.       Public/Charter Online High School Diplomas

These online high schools are governmentally funded and typically work with students that reside in the United States. Often times, these schools offer a limited curriculum with limited offerings. Charter online schools are also considered public schools but are viewed as less stable due to the non-secured government funding sources.

  1.       Private Online High School Diplomas

These schools tend to offer more diverse courses to choose from and higher quality curriculum. The cost of private schools can vary so it is important to ensure that the high school is accredited. This means that the hard work students have put in results in a diploma that is recognized by major universities across the world. This accreditation should also provide comfort knowing that a creditable body has reviewed the school system to ensure it is focused on maximizing learning and student success.

Don’t be afraid to do the research on your own to find the school that makes sense for your child. iAM Global Education is an example of a private school that is accredited and works with international students to truly help make the world more united.

Rony Assali