The trends identified as key drivers of technology adoptions over the next 5 years, in the Advisory Board’s ranked order of importance, are:technology increasingly impacting students’ lives – technology is expanding learning opportunities for students, empowering them and facilitating their communicating and socializing. Multisensory, ubiquitous and interdisciplinary, technology is comfortable to and expected by students and a means to broaden their learning environment beyond the classroom. technology increasingly impacting how we work, play, learn and socialize – technology skills are becoming more critical for success in an increasingly mobile workforce characterized by evolving occupations and multiple careers, with the digital divide becoming more a factor of education than of wealth. growing value being placed on creativity and innovation – if they are to help students succeed, schools must elevate the perceived value of innovation to parallel its critical importance in business and link innovation and creativity beyond the arts only to scientific inquiry, entrepreneurship and other areas too. rising interest in alternative and expanded learning environments – no longer is the school considered the only learning environment. Schools need to embrace online learning, mentoring and independent study as they examine traditional approaches and reevaluate content and experiences to offer students. changing model of how learning environments are defined – the learning environment is more than a physical space. With emerging technologies, these “spaces” are more community-driven, interdisciplinary and characterized by virtual communication and collaboration.
The Report additionally identified critical challenges that will likely affect teaching, learning and creative inquiry over the next 5 years:need for training in digital literacy skills and techniques – in spite of agreement regarding its importance, digital literacy training is rare in teacher education programs and in professional development opportunities. And where it is a focus, it needs to be more about thinking than about tools. lack of alignment between how today’s students think and work vs. practice and products used to support their learning – schools are teaching digital students with dated materials. New learning models are needed to engage today’s students. A more learning-centered model will require adaptations and change to teaching strategies, tools and assessment. difficulty of deep reform without a shared vision of a new education model – agreement by many on the need for school reform is offset by lack of agreement regarding what a new education model might look like. resistance to change in an established system – education is recognized as being slow to change, but attempts to reform the system while maintaining all of its current basic elements will not result in meaningful change. In the mean time, new learning alternatives—online education, home-based learning and others—are attracting students away from traditional settings. disconnect between student’s learning experiences inside and outside the classroom – students typically have more access to online resources, learning games and social networks outside of school than inside the classroom. Real life experiences and opportunities need to be more highly valued and offered within the school learning environment.
A reinforcement of some of the trends and challenges presented by these technology developments is presented with this short video. Some of you might have seen this video or an earlier version before. This is the latest one, revised mid-late 2009. It’s produced by a group of teachers who call themselves “Shift Happens” and their goal is to highlight “shifts that are occurring in our world and their implications for K-12 education”. Their focus is on raising awareness, particularly amongst teachers, of the need to provide “education for our children that prepares them for the 21st century”.The statistics are America-centric but the themes are relevant to schools and children everywhere.
Q. How often, and how effectively, am I providing opportunities for my students to develop and hone these essential 21st century skills in my teaching?
You’re invited to take part in a digital education project with the aim of discussing further some of the exciting opportunities and challenges these technologies present, and learning more about leveraging these Web 2.0 technologies...ultimately leading to taking some small steps in our classrooms to make effective use of them to enhance learning.
In addition to this the school has applied for a grant for next year to be part of a specific program focussed on leveraging Web 2.0 for authentic learning. If successful (we’ll find out early November) a small group of staff from across the faculty areas will have the opportunity to become directly involved in the program over the course of 2011.
CCG PD - Leveraging Web 2.0 for Authentic Learning
The use of blogs, wikis and other Web 2.0 teaching tools to promote authentic learning and the development of skills for the 21st century<br />Leveraging Web 2.0 Technologies for Enhanced Teaching & Learning<br />
What are Web 2.0 Technologies?<br />Web 2.0 or the “Read/Write Web” refers to: <br />the collection of communication technologies on the Web that enable users to not only read and gather information, but to contribute to, collaborate on and edit that information.<br />software tools that allow groups to generate content and engage in peer-to-peer conversations and exchange of content (e.g. blogs, wikis, social networks, etc).<br />Sometimes referred to as “social media” or “collaborative environments”<br />
A Changing Communication Landscape<br />“Did you Know 4.0”, Shift Happens<br />“education...for the 21st century”<br />http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com<br />
The Australian context...<br />The trends in media use by children and young people(2010) study found:<br />“...for Australian youth, online participation was the second most popular and time-intensive media activity behind television viewing”.<br />“...the importance of communications activities such as instant messaging and social networking [was] clearly apparent”.<br />
Communication is Changing...<br />More access to information than ever before<br />Participatory culture<br />Media communication is no longer one-to-many but peer-to-peer, involving the end user in the creation or adaptation of content<br />Emphasis on knowledge sharing and collaboration<br />The influence of social media and networking technologies<br />Texts and resources are increasingly digital and non-linear<br />New technologies and ways of communicating require not only familiarity with “tools” but appropriate high level thinking and information literacy<br />Digital literacies as essential 21st century skills - an extra level alongside traditional literacy, rather than a replacement.<br />
Digital Literacy<br />“Today’s technology driven society also requires digital literacy, which means that an individual can read and write digitally in order to 'access the Internet; find, manage and edit digital information; join in communications; and otherwise engage with an online information and communications network...’(Blackall, L 2005)”.<br />
A Digital Education Project<br />Aims:<br />To improve our own digital literacy as teachers.<br />To gain familiarity, competence and confidence with using Web 2.0 technologies for enhanced learning.<br />To access the potential of these technologies ourselves in our own approach to professional development.<br />To equip ourselves for effective use of Web 2.0 in our classrooms.<br />To apply Web 2.0 technologies in our classrooms where appropriate to enhance learning outcomes and promote authentic learning.<br />
Learning about someWeb 2.0 tools that can enhanceteaching and learning, and improvedigital literacy.<br />
References...plus...<br />The Horizon Report – K-12 Edition 2010<br />The Horizon Report – ANZ Edition 2009<br />Trends in Media Use in Children and Young People 2010<br />Shift Happens Wiki<br />“Did You Know 4.0” [Youtube]<br />Blackall, L. (2005). Digital Literacy: how it affects teaching practices and networked learning futures – a proposal for action research. [Web resource]<br />Web 2.0 [teacher blog]<br />The Read Write Web in Education [wiki]<br />
Learners and Knowers<br />Am I finding the right balance between learning and knowing in my classes? What are the challenges with this?<br />In curriculum planning am I thinking beyond equipping for VCE tasks?<br />Am I equipping my students to be empowered and adaptable learners for life? In a digital world?<br />