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Online Learning to Improve STEM Learning

Online Learning to Improve STEM Learning



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  • ETLO and EDC Working in online learning/STEM so loved the topic and glad to be here Have a lot to say and I’m a northerner so I can talk fast..
  • Here are the key points in case I run out of time
  • Two quick stories, the first has to do with why I got involved in edtech and opd SIDEREAL DAY // LEAP Year Connected learning important
  • Teachers and students learning together
  • Teachers teach as they were taught
  • What do teachers have to unlearn is the question of PD; can’t just layer things on. We have a major PD question
  • Teachers teach as they were taught- means we have to base our PD on the core principals; but teachers have to experience connected learning; learn with the tools and techniques they are asking their students to understand
  • Research Learning Community Model
  • Example of deep learning – “Inquiry model” training important for day jobs too!
  • Teachers said they were better teachers b/c they designed online

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  • Online Learning to Improve STEM Learning Barbara Treacy North Carolina New Schools Project Forum February 21, 2012
  • Key ideas Online professional development and connected learning can improve STEM education Online learning community models foster reflection and inquiry based approaches Empowering teachers to create online content strengthens teaching and project-based approaches Technology and online learning enable innovative STEM programs to scale across networks
  • Becki’s Disconnected Science ClassroomQ: Why are there four“extra” minutes in a day?
  • Denise’s Connected Science Classroom Q: What lives in ponds?
  • National EdTech Plan “Technology can help us build thecapacity of educators by enabling a shift toa model of connected teaching. The bestway to prepare teachers for connectedteaching is to have them experience it.”-National Educational Technology Plan, USED (2010)
  • Preparing for the Class of 2027
  • “The illiterate of the 21stcentury will not be thosewho cannot read andwrite, but those whocannot learn, unlearn,and relearn.” -Alvin Toffler (1990)
  • “Effective professional development is: intensive, ongoing, andconnected to practice; focuses on the teachingand learning of specificacademic content; is connected to otherschool initiatives; and builds strong working relationship among teachers.” – Linda Darling-Hammond (2009)
  • Ex.1: E-Learning for Educators Funded 2005 by USED to build 10 state-level online PD programs EDC provided facilitator training, developer training, online courses 25,000+ teachers completed courses Content sharing across states Learning Community model central to design Large-scale experimental research showed significant impact of online PD in math/ELA on teachers & students Each state program aligned to local goals
  • Online Learning Community Model: Reflective and Inquiry-Based
  • Session Topics: Functions Course
  • State Program Example:DE State Science Course “Delaware Watersheds” Created by local Delaware educators to provide convenient, high quality professional development for 7th grade teachers  Teachers experience the assigned to teach Delaware learning activities, discuss Watersheds, an integrated content & share tips on Earth Science course teaching methods while taught in member districts implementing in their of the Delaware Science classrooms Coalition  
  • Ex. 2: Student Online STEM Courses Created by Multi-District Consortium Teachers
  • Class Discussion
  • Online learning can: improve STEM education via project-based online courses focused on content and pedagogy accelerate focus on deeper learning, reflection and inquiry approaches via learning community models change practice by empowering STEM teachers to share and create content enable teachers to be co-learners with their students enable scalable models across districts and beyond
  • The power of connected teaching “If we want our students tosucceed in a global environment,then we, as educators, must beengaged in 21st century content,context, tools, thinking skills, and assessment.Thanks to online learning I am a 21st centurylife-long learner!” -JoAnn Nuzum, WV online facilitator and developer
  • Thank you! Barbara Treacy EdTech Leaders Online Education Development Center