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  • ETLO and EDC Working in online learning/STEM so loved the topic and glad to be here Have a lot to say and I’m a northerner so I can talk fast..
  • Here are the key points in case I run out of time
  • Two quick stories, the first has to do with why I got involved in edtech and opd SIDEREAL DAY // LEAP Year Connected learning important
  • Teachers and students learning together
  • Teachers teach as they were taught
  • What do teachers have to unlearn is the question of PD; can’t just layer things on. We have a major PD question
  • Teachers teach as they were taught- means we have to base our PD on the core principals; but teachers have to experience connected learning; learn with the tools and techniques they are asking their students to understand
  • Research Learning Community Model
  • Example of deep learning – “Inquiry model” training important for day jobs too!
  • Teachers said they were better teachers b/c they designed online
  • Treacy newschoolsprojectfeb2012

    1. 1. Online Learning to Improve STEM Learning Barbara Treacy North Carolina New Schools Project Forum February 21, 2012
    2. 2. Key ideas Online professional development and connected learning can improve STEM education Online learning community models foster reflection and inquiry based approaches Empowering teachers to create online content strengthens teaching and project-based approaches Technology and online learning enable innovative STEM programs to scale across networks
    3. 3. Becki’s Disconnected Science ClassroomQ: Why are there four“extra” minutes in a day?
    4. 4. Denise’s Connected Science Classroom Q: What lives in ponds?
    5. 5. National EdTech Plan “Technology can help us build thecapacity of educators by enabling a shift toa model of connected teaching. The bestway to prepare teachers for connectedteaching is to have them experience it.”-National Educational Technology Plan, USED (2010)
    6. 6. Preparing for the Class of 2027
    7. 7. “The illiterate of the 21stcentury will not be thosewho cannot read andwrite, but those whocannot learn, unlearn,and relearn.” -Alvin Toffler (1990)
    8. 8. “Effective professional development is: intensive, ongoing, andconnected to practice; focuses on the teachingand learning of specificacademic content; is connected to otherschool initiatives; and builds strong working relationship among teachers.” – Linda Darling-Hammond (2009)
    9. 9. Ex.1: E-Learning for Educators Funded 2005 by USED to build 10 state-level online PD programs EDC provided facilitator training, developer training, online courses 25,000+ teachers completed courses Content sharing across states Learning Community model central to design Large-scale experimental research showed significant impact of online PD in math/ELA on teachers & students Each state program aligned to local goals
    10. 10. Online Learning Community Model: Reflective and Inquiry-Based
    11. 11. Session Topics: Functions Course
    12. 12. State Program Example:DE State Science Course “Delaware Watersheds” Created by local Delaware educators to provide convenient, high quality professional development for 7th grade teachers  Teachers experience the assigned to teach Delaware learning activities, discuss Watersheds, an integrated content & share tips on Earth Science course teaching methods while taught in member districts implementing in their of the Delaware Science classrooms Coalition  
    13. 13. Ex. 2: Student Online STEM Courses Created by Multi-District Consortium Teachers
    14. 14. Class Discussion
    15. 15. Online learning can: improve STEM education via project-based online courses focused on content and pedagogy accelerate focus on deeper learning, reflection and inquiry approaches via learning community models change practice by empowering STEM teachers to share and create content enable teachers to be co-learners with their students enable scalable models across districts and beyond
    16. 16. The power of connected teaching “If we want our students tosucceed in a global environment,then we, as educators, must beengaged in 21st century content,context, tools, thinking skills, and assessment.Thanks to online learning I am a 21st centurylife-long learner!” -JoAnn Nuzum, WV online facilitator and developer
    17. 17. Thank you! Barbara Treacy Btreacy@edc.org EdTech Leaders Online http://edtechleaders.org Education Development Center http://edc.org

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