Going digital: Here’s how technology is changing physical education

Study International | January 30, 2020

Technology has permeated many aspects of education, but one area where technology has been slow to creep into is physical education (PE). However, schools that have tapped into the power of technology believe it can be transformative for students.  Last year, The Hechinger Report wrote about how Jon Szychlinksi, a teacher at Berwyn North School District 98 in the US uses technology in his PE classes. Szychlinksi gets his middle schoolers to study game tapes to identify their weaknesses, not unlike professional athletes. Students also use their downtime to record video self-reflections and upload them into an online classroom management platform. They also receive instructions based on federal, state and local physical education standards, enabling them to place their physical fitness on a continuum and chart a course for improvement.

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For several years, eLearning development methodologies that used tools such as Flash and Dreamweaver were extensively used in the online training world. These were time consuming and needed programming skills. So, how can you develop technology-enabled courses quickly to meet your fast-emerging training needs? How can you get better value for your training dollar?Here is an infographic that lists the reasons for you to adopt rapid eLearning development.

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For several years, eLearning development methodologies that used tools such as Flash and Dreamweaver were extensively used in the online training world. These were time consuming and needed programming skills. So, how can you develop technology-enabled courses quickly to meet your fast-emerging training needs? How can you get better value for your training dollar?Here is an infographic that lists the reasons for you to adopt rapid eLearning development.

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ChiliSleep Launches a Trio of Online Learning Platforms to Continue Improving How the World Sleeps

ChiliSleep | September 23, 2021

Kryo, Inc., the parent company of ChiliSleep, today announced the launch of three sleep learning platforms for both the professional and consumer markets. ChiliSleep is launching a “Back to Sleep” challenge to encourage people to take back their health. This 5-day live event will run from September 27, 2021 – October 1, 2021. The goal of the free Back to Sleep challenge is to improve how millions of people around the world are sleeping -- by starting a sleep movement, creating a community, and inspiring participants through a unique blend of accountability and behavioral change. ChiliSleep has assembled a star-studded roster of health + wellness experts who will share specific strategies to teach people how to get good sleep. One of the featured speakers is Mollie McGlocklin, creator of Sleep Is A Skill and the host of The Sleep Is A Skill Podcast. “I’ll be sharing the exact steps that people need to take! We’re going to take our health back TOGETHER as a community. I can’t wait to reach even more people to help them escape the cycle of sleepless nights and exhausting days,” said McGlocklin. Other event speakers are Michael J. Breus, PhD (aka, “The Sleep Doctor”), David Nurse (NBA/elite performance optimization coach), and Kelly Starrett (physical therapist, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and CrossFit trainer). The free challenge, which will last 60 minutes each day, launches on Monday, September 27. Participants can register here: https://backtosleepchallenge.com. Sleepme 6-Week Course for Consumers Sleepme coaching is a new program that helps people who struggle with their sleep quality -- whether they simply can't fall asleep or they can’t stay asleep. Knowing that quality sleep enhances overall health and wellness, ChiliSleep’s upcoming consumer-focused 6-week program will teach the necessary framework for better sleep. “The course will focus on creating positive behaviors for people willing to experiment a little and try out new strategies that will improve their sleep quality and have them wake up feeling rested! Not only will students learn about sleep, but they’ll also gain insights into their own sleeping patterns and how to improve their health overall,” said ChiliSleep CEO and Co-Founder Tara Youngblood. Throughout the program’s core modules, students will learn about the three main pillars of sleep: Environmental, Behavioral, and Cognitive. Students will also learn the importance of stress reduction and mindfulness; light, sound, and temperature; analyzing sleep patterns, and understanding cognitive productivity. About ChiliSleep ChiliSleep is a sleep technology brand that optimizes health and wellness through clinically researched and drug-free sleep therapies to improve sleep quality. As the original inventors of the world’s first hydro-powered, temperature-regulated sleep system, ChiliSleep is revolutionizing the way the world sleeps. ChiliSleep's products cool as low as 55°F and allow users to fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and wake up rested! ChiliSleep’s award-winning bed cooling systems, the Cube™ and OOLER, consistently outperform the competition in the cooling/warming mattress topper category. Consumer Reports ranked the OOLER a 5/5 and #1 overall, with the Cube coming in at #2. Kryo, Inc., the parent company of ChiliSleep, was founded by Tara and Todd Youngblood and is currently ranked #615 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Small Companies.

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Education.com Debuts Middle School Math and English Language Arts Resources

IXL Learning | September 01, 2021

Education.com, the leading online education destination serving more than 33 million teachers, parents and homeschoolers, announced the release of its first math and English language arts (ELA) resources for students in grades 6-8. The addition of new printable worksheets, interactive games and lesson plans meets the growing demand for tools that help learners develop higher-level skills and succeed throughout middle school. Built by educators, the Common Core-aligned resources encourage students to dive into new topics and cultivate a more advanced skillset. Parents and teachers can tap into various activities—from captivating printables to interactive games—to mix up educational opportunities and make learning fun for students. The materials support student growth across all of the major topic areas for middle school math and ELA. "Middle school students need diverse educational activities that reinforce classroom instruction while presenting new opportunities to grow," said Kate Mattison, Vice President of Curriculum at IXL Learning, Education.com's parent company. "Parents and teachers of middle schoolers now have an exciting new way to provide meaningful support, help students tackle more challenging skills and foster a lasting love for learning." Education.com will continue to develop math and ELA content for middle school, and will introduce science and social studies resources for grades 6-8 later this school year. The perfect library for learning Parents, teachers and students can access the new middle school resources through Education.com's Learning Library. The library contains 35,000 standards-aligned activities covering math, science, social studies, reading and more for preK-8 learners. A combination of digital and printable content—from science projects to song videos, workbooks and more—helps students develop key skills and master concepts at their own pace. In addition, teachers and parents can access handy Weekly Boost materials for tips and educational resources that support children throughout the school year. About Education.com Over 33 million parents and teachers worldwide have joined Education.com since the early learning platform launched in 2006. Education.com's curriculum is comprehensive, covering core skills across math, reading, writing, and more. Designed with flexibility, it can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of diverse learners and can be accessed across a variety of digital platforms. Parents and teachers can follow Education.com's guidance step-by-step, curate their own curriculum, or dive deeply into specific areas with more than 35,000 interactive games, worksheets, hands-on activities, and lessons.

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Verizon introduces BlueJeans for Remote Learning

Verizon Sourcing LLC | October 28, 2021

Verizon Business today announced new BlueJeans Meetings enhancements, including a bundle of features to support hybrid and remote learning. Available as part of specific BlueJeans Meetings plans, or for education customers at a special discounted rate, the new BlueJeans Remote Learning feature pack allows instructors to build a custom teaching experience without the overhead associated with hosting traditional online classes. Despite connectivity, education and delivery challenges faced by universities and corporate training leaders at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and students are realizing the benefits of leveraging remote learning tools for education. Adopting an engaging approach to online teaching could further improve operations and students’ experiences. Intended for the classroom setting, online instruction or corporate learning sessions, BlueJeans’ Remote Learning features focus on making the teacher a central part of the learning environment and provides the opportunity for educators to bring their own unique style into the remote setting. “Teachers are telling us they’re lost, and they’re struggling to keep students engaged in today’s live virtual setting. Having to spend time playing administrator and technical support expert is minimizing their ability to think through compelling, interactive ways to deliver the curriculum virtually. By bringing together our comprehensive education, collaboration and training features into one consolidated experience, we’re making it easy for teachers to operationalize their learning environment so they can go back to focusing on what matters most—educating students.” Amy Jefferson, Head of Americas Revenue and Growth, BlueJeans by Verizon Simplified, Customizable Classroom Management By turning on the Teacher Dashboard, BlueJeans provides instructors with all the necessary classroom management tools they need in one place, making it easier for educators to navigate the complexities of virtual teaching environments so they can focus on having fun with teaching. Designed to save teachers time from the administrative duties of hosting a virtual class, these tools provide easy access to arrange students in gallery view or spotlight a presenter, share content, chat and so much more. Furthermore, going beyond “just meeting” virtually, instructors will now have the ability to build a custom teaching experience that is best suited for their lessons, students and teaching style. This dynamic view intelligently arranges participants on screen, giving full visibility to the instructors of everything that’s happening in their classroom. ​Inclusive and Engaging Learning Environment As a core element of effective learning, student engagement has traditionally been harder to unlock in virtual settings. Optimized for student engagement, BlueJeans’ Remote Learning features allow the entire class and instructor to collaborate and engage with the information being discussed. The always accessible chat wizard, breakout sessions, participant reactions, intelligent highlights and multi-participant whiteboard increases opportunities for everyone to engage during a live teaching session. Key Remote Learning features include: Customizable Layouts: See your entire classroom in one view along with all the tools needed to effectively run and manage your session. Flexible Views: View the entire class in gallery view or the way you like. Sort the video layout on participation level, alphabetical or in priority of raised hand first. Student Rosters: Know your audience. Keep track of who is joining the session and who is in the waiting room (if activated). Floating Chats: Never miss a beat or simply multi-task with the new floating chat wizard. Continue messaging while sharing content, whiteboarding or annotating. Teaching Apps: Elevate the effectiveness of remote learning sessions with quick access to all the essential teaching applications, such as Collab Board, Breakout Sessions, Polling/Q&A and Smart Meeting highlights. About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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