Dr. Jeremy Van Hof, director of Learning Technologies at Broad College of Business, says that sometimes what’s new isn’t necessarily what’s best. What actually makes the difference between a shiny new tool and a tool that you need in your classroom? One that builds on traditional methods rather than avoiding them altogether.
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Our hearts–and the hearts of every Packback team member–are breaking for the students and families reeling from the horrors at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas last night and for all those whose lives have been destroyed by gun violence.
In the Wake of COVID-19, Tools Like Packback Help Instructors Reset Expectations and Empower Students
In a new article for Getting Smart, Dr. Bill Harrison, former superintendent of Cumberland County Schools and former chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, explores the potential of AI to reshape classroom expectations so that students can thrive.
Karyl Garland, Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, shares her teaching philosophy: call upon students’ rich experiences to meet them where they are and create a balanced learning environment.
Whether you are a K-12 teacher or a higher ed professor, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed by your workload. While some stress is normal, if it dominates your life then it can lead to burnout. Between grading, meetings, and actual teaching, burnout is common among educators – so we pulled together five tips to help …
K-12 Dive Article Outlines How Tools Like Packback Can Build Classroom Community and Save Educator Time
In a new article for K-12 Dive, former Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, Robert Avossa, shares how educators can free up their time from administrative tasks to focus on students. The solution? Implementing the right EdTech tools that can save time in the classroom while promoting community.
Dr. Andy Shean of Penn Foster Cites Packback as One Way Institutions Can Reinvigorate Traditional Online Discussion
In a new article for Fierce Education, Chief Learning Officer at Penn Foster College, Dr. Andy Shean, shares how institutions can successfully implement online discussion to energize students and create engaging learning environments. The key? Moving away from “traditional” discussion forums in favor of methods that challenge students to think critically.
Central to Packback’s discussion platform is the Curiosity Score – which is based on students’ communication, credibility, and curiosity, infused in their discussion posts. This feedback is provided in real-time to students, as a virtual coach that guides them to write higher quality posts.
As a part of Blog of the APA’s Syllabus Showcase, Dr. Brynn Welch, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, recently shared her innovative approach to crafting an engaging syllabus for Introduction to Philosophy students. One of the core components? Packback’s online discussion platform.