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  1. 1. Online Learning in K-12 Schools By Michele Taylor Professor Jacqueline Derby EDUC 6715 New and Emerging Technologies
  2. 2. Is it for you?
  3. 3. Online Learning in K-12 Schools Due impart to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the K-12 community is reinventing the way we think about school. Schools are implementing Web 2.0 tools to create an environment in which students are engaged actively in learning (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009). “At this juncture in history, we have two choices: We can either leverage the democratization of knowledge and the power of participatory, authentic and multimodal learning in the service of our students, or we can continue with current practice and careen down a path to irrelevancy” (Lemke & Coughlin, 2009)
  4. 4. What is..  Web based Course Management System.  Allows Educators to extend the classroom onto the web.  Promotes Social Constructionist Pedagogy.  Free Application that educators can use to create an online learning site. (
  5. 5. Closing the Instructional Gap Educators can personalize and individualize instruction to accommodate the needs, interests and learning styles of all students.  Provides enrichment activities and remediation activities.  Abstract concepts can become more concrete through the use of virtual manipulative and other online tools.  Students can use an individual learning plan and track their own progress.
  6. 6. What Educators can do with Moodle…  assignments  blogs  chats  forums  glossaries  lessons  surveys  quizzes  wikis  workshops
  7. 7. Filling in the Instructional Gaps  Teachers can implement design learning modules by creating a collection of files and web links together with navigation controls. Students can access the information and create a .
  8. 8. Supporting Authentic Learning in the Classroom  A Course Management System (CMS), such as Moodle, allows students to self-regulate their cognitive strategies and design a learning experience that fits their needs (Vovides,, 2007).  Using a CMS addresses the fact that students in the classroom vary in their prior knowledge therefore, one size does not fit all. The students’ divers educational needs which include learning styles and culture are addressed through this type of learning (Vovides,, 2007).
  9. 9. Increased Achievement  In order for student achievement to increase, there are three important factors to consider. 1. Students must see the learning activities as meaningful and connected. 2. The work must incorporate in-depth learning in the subject area in order to build schema and develop understanding. 3. The students need to produce artifacts as a result of their learning (Lemke & Coughlin, 2007).  The level of interactions between a student and the teacher is important in increasing achievement (Young, 2009).  In an online learning environment, students have the opportunity to work in small groups which assists in the development of problem solving, collaborative and communicative skills (Young, 2009).
  10. 10. Pros and Cons of Online Learning Learning fits the diverse needs of each student. Learning is global. Learning is matched to student learning preference, prior knowledge and ability level. Students increase problem solving and collaborative skills. Learning is designed to replicate real world experiences. Students are motivated and engaged. Availability of technology Access to digital tools Teachers not trained to manage online learning. Funding Students do not manage time therefore unable to manage online learning. Virtual learning environment does not provide face-to-face interactions. Pros Cons
  11. 11. Conclusion K-12 online learning has the ability to provide digital natives with the skills they need to compete in an ever changing global society (Cavanaugh, 2007). As educators we need to meet the diverse learning needs of our students. We should not educate our children using the “one size fits all” model. We need to use technology to get students actively engaged by designing a classroom that will address their individual learning styles and prior knowledge. We can achieve this through the use of a Course Management System.
  12. 12. Resources  Cavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 1, pp. 5-19).  Lemke, C., & Coughlin, E. (2009). The change agents. Educational Leadership, 67(1), 54–59.  Moodle Pedagogy retrieved at
  13. 13. Resources  Vovides, Y., Sanchez-Alonso, S., Mitropoulou, V., & Nickmans, G. (2007). The use of e-learning course management systems to support learning strategies and improve self-regulated learning. Educational Research and Review, 2, 64-74. Retrieved November 24, 2010, from 08.pdf  Young, J., Birtolo, P., & McElman, R. (2009). Virtual success: Transforming education through online learning. Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(5), 12–17
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