DIVERSITY in Ed Magazine

DIVERSITY in Ed Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

Diversity recruitment guide for prospective teachers and school employers.

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IN THE CLASSROOM DiversityRecruitmentPartners.com [FALL 2014] 39 Be Available for Your Students Whenever They Need Your Help There is no doubt that a 21st century teacher should keep up with the education technology trends. Social learning networks are a perfect way of getting to know the students better in their own open online communities. Traditional after school office hours may eventually be brought to a virtual space, offering 24-hour academic help by the many volunteers who want to help students conquer their most problematic subjects. DRP ! ...there are a few websites that are not only educational but also give the students the freedom to express their needs. most problematic for them. This type of exchange of information between a student and a teacher is sometimes hindered in a formal school setting. Online learning communities equalize all users. Teachers are able to meet students in their "natural habitat" and practice academic concepts that were introduced in school. Not only do teachers get a better view of the students' online community, but educators also receive valuable insights about how to better explain in class the topics that cause students the most problems. Jakub Piwnik is a graduate from the Cracow University of Economics and a member of the Brainly.com team. He's guest blogging from time to time about online trends, education technology and social media. Reach him at @kubapiwnik on Twitter. Online Communities Can Increase Homework Outcomes The average American student spends more than 60 minutes a day with their parents doing their homework. However, 10 percent of high school juniors do not do homework at all. This data tells us that homework, whether we are for it or against it, is a critical component in today's educational system. It also proves that there are many problems associated with its execution and how students approach the issue. Online learning communities regularly discuss issues such as homework and could serve as a helpful tool to teachers who are trying to better understand how students approach various school assignments, including homework. Social Learning Networks Teach Students What They Really Want to Learn Of course it is not an easy task to monitor the websites in order to track the academic concepts that most trouble students. Usually their problems are reflected in comments under YouTube videos or on private Facebook walls, which makes it impossible for teachers to find. Luckily, there are a few websites that are not only educational but also give the students the freedom to express their needs. Brainly.com, for example, is a social learning network that allows teachers to volunteer as moderators, or simply regular users, in an attempt to can get insight into students' minds. Its website boasts, "We help each other with homework. Our networks have so many users who 80 percent of questions get answered in 10 minutes." In an open and free virtual community like Brainly.com, students tend to cooperate and exchange knowledge and information in a different way than they do in a classroom. Without the awareness of being monitored by a physical adult, students often speak openly online about the subjects that are

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