Online Professional Development and Web 2.0

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  • We provide training using online tools
  • When NOT to use web 2.0 How can we caontribute to PD effectively? How many examples of
  • Build on earlier work by NSDC and others We build our online PD to be aligned with the principals of effective PD Now, with Web 2.0 – it’s easier!
  • Lots of definitions, here’s a recent one from CoSN Web 2.0 enables sharint and collaboration It’s a wonderful challenge to match the usefulness of tools that can do those things with the gooals of effective pd
  • These new gools can help – but how? Change outside of education is going much faster than the pace of change within education
  • Most important thing: Keep focused on the learning, not the tool Australia girls in a manhole – they chose their tool (this is from a reading we use in our advanced facilitator training)
  • Run through quickly some types of tools, and what they can do, and some examples NOT an exhaustive list of types Or USES or EXAMPLES Plus – most tools are useful in multiple ways – So these are some examples and we can explore more in depth during the hands on part Others?
  • Show some in hands on part Others?
  • Others?
  • Others?
  • Others? Types or examples?
  • Summary – some of what we’ve learned – and alignment to principles
  • Wisdom from Chris Dede – wont save it but can address it
  • Online Professional Development and Web 2.0

    1. 1. Web Tools for Professional Development: A Focus on the Pedagogy Barbara Treacy Director, EDC/EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) November, 2009 Virtual School Symposium
    2. 2. Questions <ul><li>How can Web 2.0 and online tools help educators implement PD more effectively? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some online PD tools and models we’ve found useful at EDC? </li></ul>
    3. 3. What are the elements of effective PD? <ul><li>Professional development should: </li></ul><ul><li>be intensive, ongoing, connected to practice </li></ul><ul><li>focus on student learning </li></ul><ul><li>address teaching of specific curriculum content </li></ul><ul><li>align with school improvement priorities & goals </li></ul><ul><li>build strong working relationships among teachers </li></ul><ul><li>-Professional Learning in the Learning Profession by Linda Darling-Hammond et al, NSDC (2009) http://www.nsdc.org/stateproflearning.cfm </li></ul>
    4. 4. Web 2.0 Tools Can Support <ul><li>“ Web 2.0 Definition: Online application that uses the World Wide Web (www) as a platform and allows for participatory involvement, collaboration, and interactions among users. Web 2.0 is also characterized by the creation and sharing of intellectual and social resources by end users.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Leadership for Web2.0 in Education: Promise & Reality by Cheryl Lemke & Ed Coughlin, CoSN (2009) </li></ul>
    5. 5. But there are so many tools! <ul><li>“ In education…we have not really seized upon the power and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” </li></ul><ul><li>- Eric Schmidt, Google CEO </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/events/digitalage/index.html </li></ul>
    6. 6. How do we know which tools to use? <ul><li>“ Technology is a vehicle, not a destination... </li></ul><ul><li>Rather, aspects of technology – like all components of an effective course – should be chosen according to how they help meet the learning objectives.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Nine principles for excellence in web-based teaching by Jim Henry and Jeff Meadows http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/179/177 </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Examples of types of tools <ul><li>Course management tools </li></ul><ul><li>Enable educators to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organize & share content, research, multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engage in ongoing discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assess and document learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>build formal & informal communities of practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>share and analyze student work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>examples: </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Voice and Content Tools <ul><li>Enable educators to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>personalize introductions and discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide learning or project summaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>explain a technical piece </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create online discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>address auditory learners and accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>examples: </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Collaboration Tools <ul><li>Enable educators to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborate & co-create documents, plans, materials, media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>brainstorm and share ideas, resources, data, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discuss and communicate with team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>examples : </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Communication tools <ul><li>Enable educators to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>conduct “live” discussions and meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blends synchronous and asynchronous learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>address varying learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborate and share documents and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>examples: </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. More tool types… <ul><li>Blogging and micro-blogging tools </li></ul><ul><li>to share ideas or focus on a specific topic or project, such as </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking tools to share/save resources, such as </li></ul>
    12. 12. Lessons from EdTech Leaders Online <ul><li>Web 2.0 and Online PD enable: </li></ul><ul><li>PD to be extended over time (intensive, ongoing, connected to practice) </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers to implement what they’re learning in the classroom ( focused on student learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Strong focus on content and pedagogy through rich readings, multimedia activities, online explorations (address teaching of specific curriculum content) </li></ul>
    13. 13. Lessons, cont. <ul><li>Capacity building approaches with local educators leading the PD (align with school improvement priorities and goals) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning community models with rich online discussions with participants and facilitator (build strong working relationships among teachers) </li></ul>
    14. 14. A final word <ul><li>“ Some online tools have some affordances that, if the training takes advantage of them, can help with some of the classic issues of professional development.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Dr. Chris Dede, EdWeek interview 10/1/09 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2009/10/01/01dede.h03.html </li></ul>
    15. 15. Thank you! <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Barbara Treacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EdTech Leaders Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://edtechleaders.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Development Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://edc.org </li></ul></ul>

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