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Spotlight on emerging technology

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Spotlight on emerging technology

  1. 1. Spotlight on Emerging Technology: Online Learning in K-12 Schools <br />Walden University<br />EDUC 6715-Evelyn Thompson<br />Craig Dellemann<br />
  2. 2. Course Management Systems (CMS)<br />Learning Management Systems (LMS) are free web applications used by educators to create online learning sites. Some examples are: Moodle or RCampus<br />
  3. 3. Courses Management SystemsMoodle and RCampus<br />www.moodle.org<br />www.rcampus.com<br />
  4. 4. Who benefits from online learning?<br /><ul><li>Students with special needs
  5. 5. Gifted and talented
  6. 6. Rural students
  7. 7. Home-schooled students
  8. 8. Students of different learning styles than “traditional” school</li></li></ul><li>Learning Management Systems fills instructional gaps <br /><ul><li>May replace our ten-year old texts
  9. 9. Provides enrichment/remediation
  10. 10. Builds collaboration skills
  11. 11. Allows learning to take place anywhere, anytime
  12. 12. Makes abstract concepts more concrete through virtual manipulatives (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007)</li></li></ul><li>Supports meaningful, authentic student learning<br /><ul><li>Accommodates different abilities
  13. 13. 21st century skills– prepares students for the future
  14. 14. Computer skills
  15. 15. Communication
  16. 16. Collaboration (teams or study groups)</li></li></ul><li>Advantages for teachers<br /><ul><li>Less paperwork
  17. 17. Allow for collaboration with other educators
  18. 18. Differentiation
  19. 19. Blogs, wikis, quizzes, E-Portfolios, tutoring options</li></li></ul><li>Advantages for students<br /><ul><li>Connect with students globally
  20. 20. Tutoring options
  21. 21. Ability to learn outside of school
  22. 22. 21st century skills
  23. 23. More class choices</li></li></ul><li>Pros<br /><ul><li>“Strengthens 21st century skills and gives students opportunities to demonstrate mastery of academic concepts” (Young, Birtolo, & McElam, 2009)
  24. 24. Flexibility, free
  25. 25. Ability to meet different learning styles</li></li></ul><li>Cons<br /><ul><li>Access to the Internet
  26. 26. No face-to-face interaction
  27. 27. Procrastination
  28. 28. Teachers may need to be trained</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br />LMS can supplement today’s curriculum. A poll of registered voters found that 80% said that public education is not working (Young, Birtolo, & McElman). LMS may be the future of education!<br />
  29. 29. Resources<br /><ul><li>Young, J., Birtolo, P., & McElman, R. (2009). Virtual success: Transforming education through online learning. Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(5), 12–17. Retrieved from the Education Research Complete database.</li></li></ul><li>Resources<br />Cavanaugh, C., & Clark, T. (2007). The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning. In P. Adamson, B. Adamson, & N. Clausen-Grace, et al (Eds.), What Works in K-12 Online Learning (Chapter 1, pp. 5-19). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education. Retrieved from the Education Research database.<br />

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