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With every new iteration of technology, we create generations of students whose primary media "language" for learning and interacting with the world is different than the generation before it. In the ...

With every new iteration of technology, we create generations of students whose primary media "language" for learning and interacting with the world is different than the generation before it. In the last five years, technologies like online homework, personalized learning software, mobile devices, learning analytics, OER, and MOOCs have been chipping away at the corners of higher education and traditional teaching. Technology-enhanced learning is here to stay and it will alter formal education, like it or not. This is a guide to navigating and thriving in this new world and preparing yourself and students for what is to come.

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  • Travel agents, journalists law clerks, proofreaders, lecturers?
  • 2-Sigma:Bloom found that the average student tutoredone-to-one usingmastery learning techniques performed two standard deviations better than students who learn via conventional instructional methods.
  • Was it the text? Was it the content of the lectures? Was it the grading system? Was it the papers you wrote?
  • Yeah, I was sure too … then three things happened. I began to teach online. Wolfram Alpha was released. I saw this research.
  • Here are just a few video sites that are worthy of checking out. I’m going to mostly suggest videos, because we know that students don’t read much. …
  • Use online homework. Wails: But what about showing work?
  • Use online homework. Wails: But what about showing work?
  • Use online homework. Wails: But what about showing work?
  • Use online homework. Wails: But what about showing work?
  • Ask for new persepectives
  • Ask for new persepectives
  • Notice I didn’t say “better outcomes” – I don’t know if that’s possible in a one-size fits all model of teaching math. But what I do know is that right now, most students don’t like their math courses much. It’s not their favorite course. But what if it was?
  • Notice I didn’t say “better outcomes” – I don’t know if that’s possible in a one-size fits all model of teaching math. But what I do know is that right now, most students don’t like their math courses much. It’s not their favorite course. But what if it was?
  • Notice I didn’t say “better outcomes” – I don’t know if that’s possible in a one-size fits all model of teaching math. But what I do know is that right now, most students don’t like their math courses much. It’s not their favorite course. But what if it was?
  • Notice I didn’t say “better outcomes” – I don’t know if that’s possible in a one-size fits all model of teaching math. But what I do know is that right now, most students don’t like their math courses much. It’s not their favorite course. But what if it was?

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  • Surviving (and Thriving) in the Age of Technology-Enhanced Teaching Maria H. Andersen, Ph.D. Director of Learning & Innovation at Area9
  • Maria H. Andersen 10 years teaching math and chemistry at Muskegon Community College M.S. Mathematics Ph.D. Higher Ed Leadership Award-winning Game Designer Director Learning & Research, Canvas Director Learning & Innovation, Area9
  • I design adaptive learning software with a focus on STEM subjects, student experience, and game design. Contact Info e: busynessgirl@gmail.com t: @busynessgirl w: busynessgirl.com
  • learn.canvas.net/courses/1
  • What happens next? ???
  • “Anyone that can be replaced by a computer should be.” - Arthur C. Clarke
  • [four predictions for the age of technologyenhanced learning]
  • (1) Learning that involves information transfer will be replaced by technology.
  • (1) Learning that involves information transfer will be replaced by technology.
  • So we see emergence of sites that provide free lessons and lectures.
  • (2) Any repetitive assessment or learning task that can be replaced by a computer will be.
  • Thus follows the emergence of services that provide homework and learning experiences.
  • (3) Any computerized course that is cheaper and results in equal or better learning outcomes for students will be delivered that way.
  • And so … the emergence of free courses, certificates, and degrees.
  • The “teacher replacement” technologies we see are still a view of the world through Silicon-Valley tinted glasses…
  • Or maybe it’s the Lake Wobegon of Silicon Valley… Where all the learners are motivated, everyone has Internet, and the only thing standing between a student and their success is affordable access.
  • (4) The only technology that will improve learning outcomes for the majority of students* is that the technology that begins to mimic a tutor-student relationship. *especially in developmental education
  • And now, the players in the Personalized Learning space.
  • [reflection] Think about some time when you had a really great learning experience. What made it great?
  • You had to think about new perspectives You got individual attention You were challenged just right It was relevant to my life/work You were encouraged by someone The experience was well-structured The instructor was a great explainer The instructor was a great storyteller The instructor was passionate It was fun 
  • Good coaches do these things Communicating Questioning Challenging Accountability Encouraging Showing new perspectives Monitoring
  • Paradigm shift: Educators should shift from the role of an instructor to the role of a learning coach.
  • “But I do all of those things, my class is engaging for all the students. It is a very interactive class.”
  • Math classroom mapping research from Vilma Mesa, University of Michigan Warning: These will haunt you.
  • Suppose you are brave enough to let someone else make a detailed observation of the interactions in your classroom, what would they find?
  • “But I do all of those things, my class is engaging for all the students me. It is a very interactive class for me and about 3 students.”
  • (1) Learning that involves information transfer will be replaced by technology. Let it.
  • (2) Any repetitive assessment or learning task that can be replaced by a computer will be. Embrace it. Love it.
  • A good coach monitors the stats and provides appropriate interventions.
  • Class statistics
  • Student Statistics
  • Participation Statistics
  • Example: Elaboration 1 point 2 points Summarize the Problem Show all the work & answer the question 1 point 1 point Correctness Elaboration - Show a different way to solve - Show how to check the answer and explain why it “checks” - Find something else to do with the problem Ask for 2 problems per section Grade 1 problem for 5 points
  • Example: Little Bigs 5 minutes, 20 slides 15 seconds autoadvance
  • (3) Any computerized course that is cheaper and results in equal or better learning outcomes for students will be delivered that way. Create better learning experiences for students.
  • When you think of your past math classes, what do you think about?
  • Create a better learning experience.
  • Be the person learners want to be accountable to. Add more “Social Spice”
  • Show relevance. Never in human history has there been such easy access to data and information.
  • Need to be impressed? Go to WolframAlpha.com and type “Facebook Report”
  • (4) The only technology that will improve learning outcomes for the majority of students* is that the technology that begins to mimic a tutor-student relationship. Abandon one-size-fits-all software.* *when it becomes available and is good enough
  • Pay attention. Wait for it. Ask for it.
  • No matter how good the software, learners will still need the the coach, because we/they are human.
  • “Anyone that can be replaced by a computer should be.” - Arthur C. Clarke
  • Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice…
  • Stop wasting time doing things that a computer (or robot) can do better.
  • Let the technology do what it’s supposed to do. Specialize on being a human instead.
  • [leave it to the next generation to worry about being replaced by artificial intelligence]
  • Any questions? Contact info: busynessgirl@gmail.com Twitter: @busynessgirl busynessgirl.com