Elizabeth hall week8_future_trends_in_educational_technology_tec511
Emerging Educational Technologies Virtual SchoolingGrand Canyon University: TEC-511-Technical Foundations in Education Elizabeth Hall 04/21/2011
Virtual Schooling- Brief History• Schools today are descendants of correspondence schools.• These schools provide an alternative to a traditional brick and mortar school setting.• The first state-wide internet based public high school was established in Florida in 1997.• According to the US Department of Education at least half of the states have a virtual learning system in place today.
Virtual Schooling- What is it? (2005) Wood The Virtual Classroom Redefines Education
Lessons and Activities in Virtual Schooling• Students can meet individually, in small groups, or in large groups for interaction with teachers via internet ‘classrooms’ to provide structured learning• Most activities and lessons found in traditional brick and mortar can be re-created in a virtual setting
Two ‘Real Case’ examples of lessonsand associated activities completed in a virtual setting• Digital Video Production – Introduction into movie making techniques, filming and editing• Audio Engineering – Introduction into the physics of sound and learning how to master sound editing.
Lesson One: Digital Video Production• Objective: To learn the importance of creating Pre-Production documents prior to creating a movie.• Activities: Click on this link to review office hours – Students will utilize the online course materials to define the scope of their 15 – 30 second movie & create four pre-production documents . – Students will make sure to utilize only their work or will cite resources for sound Fx, pictures, or special Fx used in the production of their documents and/or movie. – Students will meet in small groups to evaluate & discuss
Lesson One: Digital Video Production NETS Standards for Students• Standards met through lessons and activities – NETS Standard #1- Creativity and Innovation – NETS Standard #3- Research and Information Fluency – NETS Standard #4-Critical Thinking, Problem- Solving and Decision-Making – NETS Standard #5-Digital Citizenship
Lesson Two: Audio Engineering• Objective: To learn how to create echo effects in sound files using software called Audacity• Activities: Click Here to Listen to recorded office hours – Students will follow the step by step instructions located in the online section documents to create a track with an echo effect applied to it. • Students will download required sound file from course document share area. • Students will follow instructions to save in correct format and upload to dropbox.
Lesson Two: Audio Engineering NETS Standards for Students• Standards met through lessons and activities – NETS Standard #1- Creativity and Innovation – NETS Standard #2-Communication and Collaboration – NETS Standard #4-Critical Thinking, Problem- Solving and Decision-Making
Feasibility of implementing Virtual schooling• Virtual schooling is being implemented nationwide currently and will continue to grow in the coming years due to: – District budget restraints – Families demand for more flexibility in schooling – As ‘Digital Natives’ (Prensky, 2001) begin to raise their children they will come to expect this type of schooling.
Benefits of implementing Virtual schooling• Held to same high standards as regular brick & mortar• Certified teachers are instructors• Similar types of experiences can be recreated virtually – (Online clubs, Online Science Fairs, Film Festivals)• Economics – Less hard costs in the school operations vs. traditional public school• Empowers students & families in their education• Flexibility in schooling – – Students can school anywhere there is internet service (School is available 24-7)•
Challenges of implementing Virtual schooling• Social Interactions – Many virtual schools hold outings but not as much socialization for students• Student engagement – If a student does not engage early they can get lost very easily• Much higher student ratios for teachers (up to 200+ students)• Hard to stay on the leading edge of technology
Opportunities of implementing Virtual schooling• US Department of Education created the National Education Technology Plan in 2010• NETP presents a model of learning that uses technology at its core – Five models of learning cited that ‘engage and empower learning experiences for all learners’ Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education (2010) – Requires that we put ‘students at the center and empower them to take control of their own learning by providing flexibility on several dimensions’ Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education (2010)
ReferencesPrensky, M. (2001, October). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon,Retrieved April 18, 2011 from http://www/edutopia.org/student-centric-education-technology#comment-56270Wood, C (2005, March). The Virtual Classroom Redefines Education, RetrievedApril 18, 2011 from http://www.edutopia.org/online-learning-overview-videoOffice of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education (2010, March).Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, RetrievedApril 18, 2011 from http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/NETP-2010-exec-summary.pdfFollowing websites used as a resource and information was retrieved on April20, 2011:www.wikepedia.comwww.ehow.com/facts_6141158_virtual-school_.htmlhttp://three-fires.com/04/what-is-a-virtual-schoolhttp://www.vlacs.org/index.php/history-of-virtual-schools