Teacher education is at a critical turning point. I believe a unique opportunity exists for teacher educators and policymakers to reconceptualize what it means to be a teacher and learner in an era of digital learning, and to set pathways for current and future generations.
When these statements were made by Arne Duncan last October in his speech at Teacher’s College, I recalled some of my southern relatives who would say, “Them is fightin’ words.” I believe every challenge presents us an opportunity. Little did I know that one very large opportunity would arrive by watching Saturday Night Live.
Several months ago, I had an epiphany that helped shaped the current direction of our online educational technology program at Boise State. Here’s the SNL video that inspired me.
And here’s a copy of a brochure we were working on at the time that commercial was aired. We immediately decided to go in another direction—we carefully articulated our thinking and changed our mission statement. It was extremely empowering. I think we’re in a phase in online education where we need to move from “just don’t tell anyone” to “let’s tells everyone!”
So now that we have confirmation that online learning works, and in what ways, let’s look at how we can use participatory cultures in today’s social networks to leverage learning potential.
Christakis & Fowler, Framingham Heart Survey, Networks are VIRAL, CONTAGION found 3 degrees of separation Obesity, drinking, and happiness (as measured in Facebook) move out three relationships, change occurs over time
We’ve networked since the dawn of mankind
We passed notes to social network….
Today we network in many, many ways
Now that we’ve had a little fun with myths and stereotypes, let’s talk about about the transformative power of online education. In a recent landmark meta-analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, over 1,000 empirical studies were reviewed to determine the effectiveness of online learning.
Their conclusion was clear. “...on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face classes. ” What was most interesting about this finding is that the result is not due to the technology itself, but rather to the affordances offered by the technology.
So while this conclusion may not sit well with those who have negative preconceived notions of online learning
Our job is to move forward with knowledge based in research, best practice, and just plain fun. Where does fun fit in the picture?
We all know about the use of rubrics to guide students’ participation in discussion forums as a type of reflective learning activity. And we may also have integrated blogs to support meta-processing of the learning experience. Have you also considered YouTube comments, or other forms of community posting an opportunity for reflection on their work or the work of others?
How do we pull it all together: participatory culture, social networks, research, emerging trends, meeting federal and state mandates?
Our department offers the technology integration course to preservice teachers in all credential programs at BSU. CLICK Our degree programs are all at the graduate level. MS in EdTech for those going into research. CLICK MET as a terminal degree for practioners working in schools or with ID. CLICK Three grad certificate programs
Encourage students to create, then lead in participatory cultures The effect is CONTAGIOUS, VIRAL They can literally change the world
Preparing Teachers and Students in a Global Digital Era Lisa Dawley, Ph.D. Professor & Chair Dept. of Educational Technology [email_address]
“ By almost any standard, many if not most of the nation’s 1,450 schools, colleges, and departments of education are doing a mediocre job of preparing teachers for the realities of the 21st century classroom.”
Over 1,030,000 K-12 kids learn online in the U.S, a 47% increase in two years.
Fall 2007: 20% of college students were enrolled in an online course ( Sloan C )
K12 Online Education Options Full-time Virtual Schools State Supplemental Programs College-Hosted Virtual Courses Brick N Mortar Full Virtual 0% of Day Online 100% of Day Online Traditional Tech Integrated Classroom Site-Based Online Course Lab Hybrid courses Online courses offered by B&M district Online Tech Enhanced Schools
Forty-five states currently offer either state supplemental programs, full-time K-12 online programs, or both Keeping Pace, 2009
Scavenger hunts, virtual world roleplay, science simulations, Google Apps
Peer tutoring and feedback (students and teachers), student teachers, professional learning communities, community service
Online learning can be enhanced by giving learners control of their interactions with media http://openreflections.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/rip-a-remix-manifesto.jpg http://voicethread.com/share/704030/
Online learning can be enhanced by prompting learner reflection
Media combinations don’t necessarily matter, but control over them does
Scripts to support interaction can influence social engagement, but don’t improve learning
Going Virtual! K12 Online Teacher Professional Development Research Series Who is teaching online, what is their training, what are their needs? Who is designing online curriculum, what is their training, what are their needs?
Participatory Culture in K12 Online Teacher Professional Development iNACOL, ISTE, SREB State Department of Education, Board of Education, Legislature K-12 virtual schools and programs K-12 virtual schools/programs, corporations, non-profits, universities Brick & Mortar Schools Universities, consulting firms, non-profits, federal government
NETS for Teachers iNACOL Standards, SREB Standards, Research
Innovative courses YouTube for Educators Teaching in Virtual Worlds Mobile Learning Social Network Learning Online Course Design Online Teaching in K12 Environments Interactive Courseware Design and more!