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JoomlaLMS: a Hussle-Free LMS That Does Wonders

Not long ago I wrote about the 8 Essential Features any modern LMS should have.  I recently came across JoomlaLMS, a Learning Management System that has been around for ten years and is used in more than 30 countries around the world. I decided to give it a check against the 8 features that I had outlined in my...

Reading Habits in the New Literary Landscape

Reading habits in the new literary landscape
Everyone knows literacy is important to learning and teachers are always wondering how to make students read more. The truth is, they are reading more. Teachers just don´t know how. The idea that students these days have more competition for their time from social media, smartphones and on-demand TV is true but only tells part of the story. A vast...

A Different Online Course on Finnish Education

ALO Finland introduces a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Innovative Pedagogy and EdTech in Finland. The emphasis is on the practical and holistic approach, as well as simple solutions that can be easily repeated, adopted and further developed further worldwide. The course is aiming to be more than just content delivery and theory. A MOOC at its best...

Student Engagement: 15 Ways To Help Kids Learn Anything

We all want our kids to do well at school. We also want our kids to be passionate and engaged in their learning. When it comes to student engagement, I’m sure there are times when you’d like to help your kids with their schoolwork, teach your kids something new, or tap into or ignite their passions.   Do you know how? My...

Learning Management System: 8 Essential Features

As blended learning is gradually becoming the norm, schools around the world are progressively using a Learning Management System (LMS) for all aspects of the teaching process: to enroll students, to deliver lessons, to assign homework, to assess learning, to track progress, to produce reports and grade books. ‘Learning Management System’ is a broad term that covers a wide range of...

Embracing Mobile Phones in the Classroom

I have spent a great part of my teaching career teaching young ESOL students. Sadly, a substantial part of that trying to police and prohibit the use of phones in the classroom. Eventually I have to concede that it was a pointless exercise and a missed opportunity. I could have done all the things I am talking about below. There...

MOOC, Learners Community, Technology and Collaboration

I moved back to Finland less than two years ago to continue with my studies. Master’s studies and thesis are now accomplished – Phew! Whilst studying I was trying hard to figure out how to put together the iron, technology and the pedagogy that goes with it. First time I heard about MOOC was couple of years ago and...

Gamifying the Learning Experience in 4 Steps

In the previous post, Gamification: how can teachers use it?, we described the basic principles of gamification and some of the main elements that teachers can use in the classroom. To create a specific action plan, we need to explore first the similarities between games and the learning experience, and how we can capitalize on them. How are games similar...

Gamification: How Can Teachers Use It?

‘OK, whoever finds the correct answer will get 5 points and a sticker. I’m writing the names of the students with the most points on the board. Let’s see who will be on the top!’ If you regularly set up in class mini competitions like that, you are already using gamification in your teaching. In fact, you are employing three...

The 20 Most Influential EduBlogs

Now that 2015 is over, let’s see who were the ones that really made a difference in the year that passed. There are countless EduBlogs worldwide, focusing on teaching practices, methodology, or educational technology. We all have our favourites, but some managed to stand out from the rest in 2015, garnering a hefty following in the process. So, did...