The official social network site for the members of Greek Schools’ Network (schools, teachers and students). A place to discuss and exchange ideas and to blog. Why it’s in the Showcase: Greek Schools’ network is the largest educational-focused BuddyPress installation in Greece. It currently has approximately 7,500 members and has the potential to grow much larger.
Context• Phase I – Vision• Phase II – Environmental Scan• Concurrently developed ERAC Commons (May 2011) and Mobile Apps site (Jan. 2012) – Seeing some of the social network components and issues in action
Project Team Cyri Jones, PrincipalDigital Learners Roadmap ZEN Portfolio Networks Inc., North Vancouver, BCPhase II ProposalEnvironmental Scan Jay Collier, Executive Director The Compass LLC, Topsham, MaineBy ZEN Portfolio Networks Inc. Sept. 30th, 2011 Niklas Eriksson, Mobile Usability & Learning Faculty, ARCADA Polytechnic, Helsinki, Finland Elena Kuznetsova Researcher Collaboration tool & Google Maps specialist Source: VSB website home page
Phase II - Project Deliverables• Digital Learners Roadmap – Environmental Scan – Scope • What approaches are school districts, provinces, states, etc. using to help students and teachers discover and access learning resources • How have they funded their initiatives including possible grant source info • Best practices for how they have rolled-out these type of initiatives • Regions: – Detailed Summary of what jurisdictions are doing in the US and Canada – Genera Summary of what jurisdictions are doing in Europe and Asia
Phase II - Project Deliverables• Complete by Dec. 15th, 2011 – Present results in visual format • Word/PDF/Excel document with links to relevant sites – Data focused – Links to resources – Some case studies where applicable – Contacts included • Summary PowerPoint presentation – Trends & Conclusions • Possibility of Google Map overlays showing regional data trends (depending on time)
Implementation GapCompelling vision but how to implement? http://www.bcedplan.ca/
Tight Technology Expiry DatesSystems need to be flexible, adaptive and iterative with user inputto stay relevant, long planning cycles = irrelevant offering
Discovery of quality learning resources • Move to more granular learning resources • Millions of apps • Billions of user generated content items • Need to support personalized learning • Crowdsourcing only practical way to evaluate
Governance mismatch with ITinfrastructure economies of scale
Opportunity• Lots of expertise at hand here in BC• Compelling vision at provincial level and local level• A lot of teachers and administrators embracing change• Many jurisdictions faced similar questions 3 to 10 years ago – Lots of lessons learned
Collision between traditional face-to-face and online learning
Need to build a new, smart system from ground upnot just a “blend” that is “traditional face to face” + “online”
Education TrendsBlended Learning Consolidation of distance learning and face-to-face classroom opportunities for accessing digital resources and tools.Raised expectations for digital tools in schools by Why can’t school tools be as usable as digital tools theystudents and teachers. use in other areas of their life.Mobile learning a game changer Students and teachers want to bring their personal devices to the school and leverage.Quality and quantity of learning resources Challenge is in finding the right resources for the task orincreasing learning outcome at hand.Teachers and students becoming creators of Not just consuming traditional publisher content.content, not just consumers Engaging project-based teaching involves creating things and collaboration. Creative Commons licensing facilitating this. Growth of service learning.
Education TrendsRepositories to registries Moving away from a siloed learning object repository approach to one where only local resources are stored, external resources hosted with original content owner.Growth of learning analytics Technology emerging to track para-data about learning resources (e.g. ratings by teachers) and consolidating to help filter. Ability to tie a learning resource to specific learning outcomes and see effectiveness of learning resource.Consolidation of learning outcomes across Growing realization that most learning outcomesjurisdictions from different jurisdictions are almost identical in core subjects (e.g. Common Core initiative in US with 42 states participating)Cloud approach to learning technology Mirroring trend in other sectors, IT infrastructure isdelivery migrating from within the organization to external providers saving money and improving service.
Education TrendsInnovations coming from outside traditional Organizations like Khan Academy are disruptingeducation sector education sector. Traditional delivery approaches are threatened with being redundant.Growing awareness of important role of Many jurisdictions starting to set up social networkssocial networked learning for their students and teachers.Just-in-time instead of just-in-case learning Less important to “cover all the curriculum” than to provide authentic, project based learning experiences for students.Importance of cross-functional teams Most meaningful work is done today in cross- functional teams. Students need to go beyond program and school siloes to get experience with this.
Move from Mentoring/formal to Wikis Coachinginformal Discussion Forumslearning Live Webcasts Friending Recorded Webinars Tagging Video Conferencing User Generated Content Workshops Blogs Learnshops Folksonomy Networking Websites Micro-blogging Learning Audio / Podcasts Webjams 2.0 Case Studies Rating / Comments Books eLearning Leadership Forums ILT (instructor-led/classroom) VILT (virtual instructor/web) Professional Video Virtual World (eg. Second Life)
• In Carnegie Mellons rigorously evaluated online statistics course, students learned a full semesters worth of material in half as much time—and performed as well or better than students learning from traditional instruction.
• The future is already here — its just not very evenly distributed. – William Gibson
Summary• Each region has mastered some aspects of the overall vision, No one has mastered all the components• Main purpose – Collaboration – Communities of practice – Finding learning resources – Creating learning resources
Summary• Main audience – Students – Parents – Teachers – Face to face students or online / distance learners• Scale – School district – State / province
“A contract between the Indiangovernment and Canadian developmentpartner DataWind, should put between10 and 12 million devices in the hands ofstudents across India by the end of 2012,according to Computer World.” Source: VentureBeat.com
Recommendations• Usability more important than any other factor!• Ensure process is transparent – Include early adopter users • Education Camps • Ning Network – Should give big players Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM chance to bid as well as smaller players like Edmodo and open source approaches like WordPress/BuddyPress and Drupal• Encourage K-20 co-operation• Get definitive regulatory policy statement from government / legal advice• Tool that is best for elementary may be different than best one for secondary• Break into phases – don’t launch by pilot districts – Instead launch by functionality • Start with “low hanging fruit” – Target early adopters – Let it grow organically• Don’t build a white elephant – But do put in sufficient resources to realistically support• Clarify role of ERAC and School Districts• Make sure efforts are forwards compatible