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This is a presentation I gave at a preconfence session on Web 2.0 and Online Learning at the 2009 Virtual School Symposium

This is a presentation I gave at a preconfence session on Web 2.0 and Online Learning at the 2009 Virtual School Symposium



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  • We provide training using online tools
  • When NOT to use web 2.0 How can we caontribute to PD effectively? How many examples of
  • Build on earlier work by NSDC and others We build our online PD to be aligned with the principals of effective PD Now, with Web 2.0 – it’s easier!
  • Lots of definitions, here’s a recent one from CoSN Web 2.0 enables sharint and collaboration It’s a wonderful challenge to match the usefulness of tools that can do those things with the gooals of effective pd
  • These new gools can help – but how? Change outside of education is going much faster than the pace of change within education
  • Most important thing: Keep focused on the learning, not the tool Australia girls in a manhole – they chose their tool (this is from a reading we use in our advanced facilitator training)
  • Run through quickly some types of tools, and what they can do, and some examples NOT an exhaustive list of types Or USES or EXAMPLES Plus – most tools are useful in multiple ways – So these are some examples and we can explore more in depth during the hands on part Others?
  • Show some in hands on part Others?
  • Others?
  • Others?
  • Others? Types or examples?
  • Summary – some of what we’ve learned – and alignment to principles
  • Wisdom from Chris Dede – wont save it but can address it

Online Professional Development and Web 2.0 Online Professional Development and Web 2.0 Presentation Transcript

  • Web Tools for Professional Development: A Focus on the Pedagogy Barbara Treacy Director, EDC/EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) November, 2009 Virtual School Symposium
  • Questions
    • How can Web 2.0 and online tools help educators implement PD more effectively?
    • What are some online PD tools and models we’ve found useful at EDC?
  • What are the elements of effective PD?
    • Professional development should:
    • be intensive, ongoing, connected to practice
    • focus on student learning
    • address teaching of specific curriculum content
    • align with school improvement priorities & goals
    • build strong working relationships among teachers
    • -Professional Learning in the Learning Profession by Linda Darling-Hammond et al, NSDC (2009)
  • Web 2.0 Tools Can Support
    • “ Web 2.0 Definition: Online application that uses the World Wide Web (www) as a platform and allows for participatory involvement, collaboration, and interactions among users. Web 2.0 is also characterized by the creation and sharing of intellectual and social resources by end users.”
    • -Leadership for Web2.0 in Education: Promise & Reality by Cheryl Lemke & Ed Coughlin, CoSN (2009)
  • But there are so many tools!
    • “ In education…we have not really seized upon the power and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age”
    • - Eric Schmidt, Google CEO
  • How do we know which tools to use?
    • “ Technology is a vehicle, not a destination...
    • Rather, aspects of technology – like all components of an effective course – should be chosen according to how they help meet the learning objectives.”
      • -Nine principles for excellence in web-based teaching by Jim Henry and Jeff Meadows
  • Examples of types of tools
    • Course management tools
    • Enable educators to:
      • organize & share content, research, multimedia
      • engage in ongoing discussions
      • assess and document learning
      • build formal & informal communities of practice
      • share and analyze student work
      • examples:
  • Voice and Content Tools
    • Enable educators to:
      • personalize introductions and discussions
      • provide learning or project summaries
      • explain a technical piece
      • create online discussions
      • address auditory learners and accessibility
      • examples:
  • Collaboration Tools
    • Enable educators to:
      • collaborate & co-create documents, plans, materials, media
      • brainstorm and share ideas, resources, data, etc
      • discuss and communicate with team members
      • examples :
  • Communication tools
    • Enable educators to
      • conduct “live” discussions and meetings
      • blends synchronous and asynchronous learning
      • address varying learning styles
      • collaborate and share documents and resources
      • examples:
  • More tool types…
    • Blogging and micro-blogging tools
    • to share ideas or focus on a specific topic or project, such as
    • Social bookmarking tools to share/save resources, such as
  • Lessons from EdTech Leaders Online
    • Web 2.0 and Online PD enable:
    • PD to be extended over time (intensive, ongoing, connected to practice)
    • Teachers to implement what they’re learning in the classroom ( focused on student learning)
    • Strong focus on content and pedagogy through rich readings, multimedia activities, online explorations (address teaching of specific curriculum content)
  • Lessons, cont.
    • Capacity building approaches with local educators leading the PD (align with school improvement priorities and goals)
    • Learning community models with rich online discussions with participants and facilitator (build strong working relationships among teachers)
  • A final word
    • “ Some online tools have some affordances that, if the training takes advantage of them, can help with some of the classic issues of professional development.”
    • - Dr. Chris Dede, EdWeek interview 10/1/09
  • Thank you!
    • Contact:
      • Barbara Treacy
      • [email_address]
      • EdTech Leaders Online
      • Education Development Center