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Spotlight on Emerging Technology

  1. 1. Spotlight on Emerging Technology: Online Learning in K-12 Schools Amy Glascock Walden University Dr. Derby New and Emerging Technologies: EDUC 6715 July 21, 2010
  2. 2. Course Management System (CMS), Learning Management System (LMS), or Online Learning <ul><li>A CMS is Internet-based software that manages student enrollment, tracks student performance, and creates and distributes course content. </li></ul><ul><li>A CMS enables students to have a richer experience with the material they are learning. </li></ul>-Rabinowitz & Ullman, 2004
  3. 3. How Online Learning Can Fill Instructional Gaps <ul><li>It engages students in the learning process. </li></ul><ul><li>It provides instruction at each student’s instructional level. </li></ul><ul><li>It allows the teacher to monitor student progress and provide ongoing feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>By including the Internet in classrooms, teachers can assist students in becoming active participants in the construction of their own knowledge (Hargis & Schofield, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>It helps to develop 21 st century skills. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Online Learning Can Support Meaningful, Authentic Student Learning <ul><li>For the most part, technology has been shown to help students acquire knowledge and skills or modify dispositions (Hargis & Schofield, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>Technology engages students in what they are learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology provides students with options in how they can learn the content material. </li></ul><ul><li>It increases student communication skills. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>It allows students to interact with their classmates in a setting that is outside the traditional classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>It further develops 21 st century skills. </li></ul><ul><li>It encourages group collaboration and teamwork. </li></ul><ul><li>It permits students to work at a pace that is comfortable for them. </li></ul>How Online Learning Can Support Meaningful, Authentic Student Learning Image located at
  6. 6. Reasons Teachers Might Resist Online Learning <ul><li>Not enough background knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Not wanting to give up the traditional structure of a classroom discussion or lecture. </li></ul><ul><li>It looks too difficult to implement. </li></ul><ul><li>It will take too long to familiarize students with this type of learning environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional time preparing lessons and creating information to post on your CMS. </li></ul>Image located at
  7. 7. Why Teachers Need Online Learning <ul><li>Professional development opportunities can be provided to obtain the knowledge needed to implement online learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can continue participating in discussions, but on a computer where they can research topics and then post their responses, which promotes higher level thinking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>It is easy to implement and many CMS software programs provide tutorials to “get started” and provide support. </li></ul>Image located at:
  8. 8. Why Teachers Need Online Learning <ul><li>In two to three sessions with the computers, students will be acquainted with the use of the system itself (Hargis & Schofield, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>Once the information for your CMS is created, it is posted online and it stays there. </li></ul><ul><li>The software helps teachers increase the efficiency of the administrative tasks of instruction (e.g., distribute documents, make assignments, give quizzes, initiate discussion boards, assign students to working groups, etc.) (Mott & Wiley, 2009). </li></ul>Image located at:
  9. 9. Examples of Online Learning Sites for Elementary Students <ul><li>BrainPOP or BrainPOP, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? </li></ul><ul><li>Science Vocabulary Hangman </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Graph </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom School </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Image located at:
  10. 10. The Possibilities of Online Learning We must use online learning to prepare students for what they will encounter in a technology-rich society. Image located at:
  11. 11. References <ul><li>Hargis, J., & Schofield, K. (2007). Integrating Online Learning into Elementary Classrooms. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (pp. 33-47). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education. </li></ul><ul><li>Mott, J., & Wiley, D. (2009, December). Open for learning: The cms and the open learning network. Technology & Social Media (Special Issue, Part 1),15 (2). Retrieved July 22, 2010, from </li></ul><ul><li>Rabinowitz, M., & Ullman, C. (2004, October 1). Course management systems and the reinvention of instruction. The Journal . Retrieved July 21, 2010, from </li></ul>