Lamar University College of Education Educational Leadership Beaumont, TXPromising Practicesfor Engaging LearnersDr. L. Kay AbernathyDr. Cynthia D. CummingsDr. Sheryl R. AbshireDr. Diane Mason
How Do We Engage PK-20 Learners? Who are they?Uniquenessfor Faculty: First generation of digital learners. Use digital media, games, and communication tools. Diverse backgrounds, experiences, and learning needs.
Digital Savvy Students:Tapscott (1998, 2008) = Prensky (2001a, Net Generation & 2001b, 2009) = Generation Next or Digital Natives Generation Z Helsper (2008 & Enyon (2009) = Oblinger & Oblinger Second Generation (2005) = Using Online Gaming, Millenials Social Media, and Web 2.0 Tools
Guiding Question:What do I need to keepin mind when planningfor engaging tools andresources to enhance thelearning environment forDigital Natives andSecond GenerationDigital Natives?
Interactive LearningEnvironmentCollaborationProject-based learningPartneringAuthentic AssessmentAudienceDigital Medium
Teaching Considerations for the Digital Student: Daniel Pink’s Drive tells us that autonomy, mastery, and purpose are most important for motivation. Develop Partnerships for learning. Wired for higher level thinking, exploration, collaboration, and interaction. Use of project-based, problem-based, case-based studies with inquiry. Desire for fast-paced, interactive learning activities including constructivism co-constructing principles and learning by doing. Flipped classrooms
Example: Collaborative Team Google DocumentDiscussion focused on week’s assignment to ensure sharing of Google Docs with each other. Upcoming Web 2.0 tools assignment was also discussed.Document created by the Fantastic Five (graduate students) as part of Week 3 assignments for EDLD 5362. Team Google Document
Flipped ClassroomsDesire for fast-paced,interactive learning activitiesincluding constructivism co-constructing principles andlearning by doing.http://www.flippedlearning.org/
Students Wired for What They LoveWired for higher level thinking, exploration, collaboration, and interaction. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R- jKKp3NAPersonal Learning Network http://edupln.comAllow your students to find what they love. Love what they do. They are the new; we are the old! Live their inner voice. Follow their hearts. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. (Steve Jobs 2005)
Use of Project and Problem-Based, Case BasedStudies, and Inquiry.An Introduction to Project-Based Learninghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFySmS9_y_0Project-Based Learning from Start to Finishhttp://www.edutopia.org/stw-project-based-learning-best-practices-new-tech-videoProject-Based Learning for the 21st Centruywww.bie.org
Authentic Assessment Demonstrate understanding by performing a more complex task Analyze, synthesize and apply learning and students create new meaning in the process as well. Direct evidence of application and construction of knowledge Traditional Authentic Selecting a Response Performing a Task Contrived Real-life Recall/Recognition Construction/Application Teacher-structured Student-structured Indirect Evidence Direct Evidence
Digital Medium Web 2.0 Resources Online learning management systems Podcast Twitter Facebook iTunes U Youtube Customized learning using gaming Web conferencing Cell phones iPads Bring your own devices Open Education Resources (OER)
How to become a better teacher in the digital age? Tapscott’s 7 StrategiesDon’t throw technology into the classroom and hope for good things. Focus on the change in pedagogy, not technology Learning 2.0 is about dramatically changing the relationship between a teacher and students in the learning process. Use technology for a student-focused, customized, collaborative learning environment.
Tapscott’s 7 Strategies (Cont.)Cut back on lecturing. You don’t have all the answers. Broadcast learning doesn’t work for this generation. Start asking students questions and listen to their answers. Listen to the questions students ask, too. Let them discover the answer. Let them co-create a learning experience with you.
Tapscott’s 7 Strategies (Cont.)Empower students to collaborate. Encourage them to work with each other and show them how to access the world of subject-matter experts available on the Web.
Tapscott’s 7 Strategies (Cont.)Focus on lifelong learning, not teaching to the test. It’s not what they know when they graduate that counts; it’s their capacity and love for lifelong learning that’s important. Focus on teaching them how to learn – not what to know.
Tapscott’s 7 Strategies (Cont.) Design educational programs according to the eight norms. -should be choice -customization -transparency -integrity -collaboration -fun -speed -innovation in their learning experiences -leverage strengths of Net Gen culture and behaviors in project-based learning
Tapscott’s 7 Strategies (Cont.) Use technology to get to know each student and build self-paced, customized learning programs for them. Reinvent yourself as a teacher, professor, or educator
Blast Off for the Connected EducatorPromising Practices for Engaging LearnersWeb 2.0 Tools to Support Engaged LearningProject-Based Learning (PBL) in Higher Educationhttp://connectededucator.org
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