Spotlight on Emerging Technology: Online Learning in K-12 Schools
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Evaluation and presentation for colleagues on the potential of online learning to support 21st century teaching and learning

Evaluation and presentation for colleagues on the potential of online learning to support 21st century teaching and learning

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  • 1. Spotlight on Emerging Technology: Online Learning in K-12 Schools APP 4: Online Learning in K-12 Schools Erin Beauvais [email_address] Walden University Instructor: Evelyn Thompson EDUC-6715I-3 New and Emerging Technologies May 30, 2010
  • 2. What are Course Management Systems?
    • Also known as Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
    • Education that offers formal instruction and resources that make up a course of study
    • May be electronic (such as online or video-based) or non-electronic (such as print-based)
  • 3. Types of Course Management Systems
    • Moodle
    • Rcampus
      • Both are free for k-12 students and teachers.
      • Members can manage course assignments, can collaborate with classmates, and connect with teachers.
      • Come with administrative tools.
  • 4. Who Benefits from Online Learning?
    • Gifted Students, Advanced Placement
    • Homebound Students (special needs, pregnant)
    • Dropout, At-Risk Students
    • Home-Schooled Students
    • Rural Students
    • Students outside their native country
  • 5. Course Management Systems Can Allow Students to…
    • Access lessons
    • Gather absent work
    • Review practice
    • Participate in laboratory experiments
    • Use manipulatives
    • Chat and have discussions with classmates/teachers
    • Access documents 24/7
  • 6. Course Management Systems Can Allow Teachers to…
    • Decrease the amount of paper assignments; students use an electronic dropbox to submit assignments where teachers can score and return to the students
    • Create academic outlines for individual classes
    • Connect with students and other educators to create discussions, conference, and build support
    • Post assignments and files for download
  • 7. Factors That Contribute to Student Success
    • Connects to different learning styles
    • Study-skill development
    • Offers concrete deadlines with some flexibility
  • 8. Course Management Systems Support a Constructivist Teaching Style
    • Learning is more effective when a student is actively engaged in the learning process rather than attempting to receive knowledge passively
    • Wiki’s, Blogs and Journals support collaborate student work
    • These can be monitored by the teacher
  • 9. What Instructional Gaps Might Be Filled with an Online Learning Option?
    • Students can continue learning outside the physical school classroom
    • Parents can become more involved in their child’s schooling
    • “ Builds teamwork skills, problem-solving abilities, creativity, decision-making proficiency, and higher-order thinking skills” (Cavanaugh, C. & Clark, T., 2007)
  • 10. How Can Online Learning Modules Support Meaningful, Authentic, Student Learning?
    • “ Strong academic skills, motivation, discipline, and course structure compatible with one’s learning style are conductive to success in k-12 online learning” (Cavanaugh, C. & Clark, T., 2007)
    • Today’s students are digital natives and using online learning modules can help connect their interests to curriculum
  • 11. Still Skeptical About Virtual Learning? Keep in Mind…
    • Global trends are changing; students need to be prepared to use 21st century skills
    • CMS’s like Moodle and Rcampus are free and private!
    • Connects to different learning styles and intellectual ability levels
    • Students and teachers can access course material 24/7 at home or in school and continue learning
    • Builds connections between students, teacher, and parents
  • 12. References
    • Cavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 1, pp. 5-19) . Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.
    • Johnston, S. (2007). Developing Quality Virtual Courses: Selecting Instructional Models. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 2, pp. 21-31). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.