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6 Possible Roles For Teachers In A Personalized Learning Environment

6 Possible Roles For Teachers In A Personalized Learning Environment
by Justin Marquis, Ph. D There is a mountain of speculation and debate about what school and learning will look like in the near future. Will education be online? The Future of Learning An October, 2012 video released by telecom company Ericsson presents a survey of educational experts and entrepreneurs speculating about the future of education. The focus of the video is the ability of these technologies to track minute user data and facilitate intimately individualized instruction based on that data, including student learning preference, peak performance times, prior knowledge, and a host of other information. “Coursera’s Koller says one of the revolutions in education is that teaching will be less about conveying information and more of a return to its original roots where instructors engage in dialogue, develop critical thinking skills and spark passion about a discipline.” (23 Oct., 2012) The Role of the Educator on an Individualized World? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix | EdSurge Guides There are two components to the EdSurge PD framework: professional learning stages and tool classification. On the EdSurge site, each of the 28 tools listed here have been analyzed according to this framework. You can read the analysis of each of these tools by searching the EdSurge site for the individual product page for each of those products. Stage One: Engage Teachers gain tremendous value from interacting with peers and colleagues--sharing challenges, successes, what works, and what doesn’t. Community support is a big part of the way teachers process and apply what they learn. We have included “Engage” as the first stage of the professional learning cycle because often it is from conversations with colleagues that teachers identify new practices that they want to implement or solutions to problems they would like to fix. Stage Two: Learn New methods for teaching are being created, reimagined or revived from the past. Stage Three: Support Stage Four: Measure Tool Classification Pedagogy

Taitoperustaisen opetuksen suunnittelu Iso osa opettajille suunnatuista koulutuksistani käsittelee sosiaalisen median pedagogista käyttöä. Koulutukset eivät keskity pelkästään välineiden opetteluun, vaan tavoitteena on suunnitella opetusta pedagogisesti korkeatasoisesti ja tulevaisuutta silmällä pitäen. Suomalaiset opettajat ovat toteuttaneet tässä kuvatun mallin pohjalta jo kymmeniä suunnitelmia. Sosiaalisella medialla on iso rooli näissä suunnitelmissa, mutta lähtökohtana ovat tulevaisuuden osaaminen ja pedagoginen suunnittelu. Ideat perustuvat siihen, että Oppiminen on mielekkäintä, tehokkainta ja kauaskantoisinta sisäisesti motivoituneena, aktiivisena ja yhteisöllisesti toteutettuna. Oppimisen ja oppimisympäristön ominaispiirteet Uudenlainen oppiminen asettaa uusia vaatimuksia oppimistoiminnalle ja oppimisympäristölle. Lähtökohtina tulevaisuuden taidot ja pedagogiset menetelmät Tässä oma-aloitteista ja yhteisöllistä toimintaa tukevat välineet nousevat keskeiseen rooliin. Sovelluksista Älä huku sovellussuohon.

Teachers are Learning Designers Late in 2012, I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post that articulated what I really feel should be and is a role of great teachers. Great teachers are "learning designers" who seek to create a space where all students are empowered to learn. I was further inspired to rearticulate this idea when I saw this video from Sir Ken Robinson: What really struck me is that great teachers create the conditions for success, just as gardeners do. You can't make a flower grow, but you can design and improve the condition for that flow of naturally occurring events. It's the same for our students. Empower Yourself For so long, teachers have been disempowered to design. Stop Blaming Kids There is one pitfall in Sir Ken Robinson's metaphor of teachers as gardeners and students as fruit. Revise and Reflect As I mentioned earlier, if students are struggling, it's a great opportunity to revise and reflect on the learning design. Are more voice and choice or self-directed learning needed?

How Digital Platforms Are Disrupting How Learning Happens Media is becoming increasingly digitized, and we learn through, among other processes, consumption of media. It makes sense then that digital platforms just might be changing the way learning happens. A “platform” can be defined as an app, a website, an eLearning environment, or a collaboratively curated content source. 6 Examples Of Digital Platforms 1. 2. 3. 4. eLearning Environments: Khan Academy, Coursera, MOOCs in general 5. 6. The Disruption Part By delivering diverse access, formats for play, intentional equity, and a subsequent power shift, digital platforms more than anything else disrupt formal learning processes—both the institutions such as like universities, and the organizations which funnel students their way. But they also disrupt it in a social sense but altering the tone of knowledge, moving it from something strictly academic into a more useful, less pretentious, and more humble place. 1. By design, these platforms provide access. 2. 3. 4.

Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just released a report detailing the results of 3,100 teacher surveys and 1,250 student surveys on the kinds of digital instruction tools that are useful and effective. The foundation has asked teachers and students what they need when it comes to digital instruction, aiming to close the communication gap between commercial developers and schools. One of the biggest takeaways is that most teachers — 54 percent — don’t find many of the digital tools they use effective. That’s partly because teachers often aren’t making purchasing decisions. When they do have a say in tool selection they often report on its effectiveness more favorably. [Click on images below for higher resolution.] In terms of content, teachers are looking for digital tools that support their efforts to help students become college and career ready, including tools that are aligned to Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Related

Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning Alliance for Excellent Education's report on Culture Shift provides facts that point to learner-centered instruction and the use of technology to "guide students toward greater ownership of their learning." "It is not about instruction or technology. It is about the learner owning and driving their learning." Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey The facts in the report are alarming and meant to inform and shake up the system: "One in four students now fails to graduate from high school on time, and African American and Hispanic students drop out of high school at nearly double the rate of their white peers." We know that school today is designed for the industrial age. What is the definition of culture shift in schools? To ensure deeper learning - to encourage problem solving and thinking skills and to develop and nurture highly motivated and engaged learners, for example - requires mobilizing the energy and capacities of teachers. “If culture changes, everything changes.”

Technology Advances Professional Development for Teachers Posted by Herff Jones | Nystrom on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment While classroom technology provides a range of benefits for students, teachers can equally benefit from its use. Online sites, such as Twitter and Pinterest, offer perfect platforms on which educators can virtually exchange ideas, lesson plans and stories. There are, however, other ways that teachers can use technology to help further their careers. Using these devices as tools for professional development can not only lead to higher achievement scores for students, but also increase the impact educators may have on the field of teaching as a whole. Video coaching helps early educators The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Childcare recently announced that it would adopt a video-coaching software to help prepare early-learning instructors. Additional resources Want to learn more about integrating technology in the classroom?

Kehikko tiivistelmä OKKY - TekesOPPY oppimisympäristö-ohjelman valmistelu Tavoitteena listata oppimisen kokeilu ja kehittämisympäristöt (= OKKY), määritellä OKKY-käsitettä sekä antaa suosituksia tulevaisuutta varten. Voit ilmoittaa tuntemasi OKKYn lomakkeella . Tämän wikin listauksesta voit tarkistaa, onko oma tai tuntemasi OKKY jo listattu. Mikä on oppimisen kokeilu- ja kehittämisympäristö OKKY? Oppimisen kokeilu- ja kehitysympäristöt -käsite ymmärretään monella tavalla. Ollakseen OKKY, toiminnan pitää olla jollakin tavoin avointa. Avoimia oppimisen kokeilu- ja kehitysympäristöjä on vähän. OKKYjen piirteitä Selvitystyössä luotiin kriteeristöä, jolla voidaan arvioida oppimisen kehittämis- ja kokeiluympäristöjä. 1. Arviointikriteereistä rakennetaan arviointimatriisi. 26.8.2010 arviointimatriisi näyttää tältä: Toimija = OKKYn virallinen osapuoli Lisätiedoilla voi täydentää. Voit antaa palautetta lomakkeella

When classroom observations make sense Shared on flickr by Ralph Hockens People are incredibly sensitive to the environment and the culture—to the norms and expectations of the communities they are in. ~Chip and Dan Heath Full disclosure: I am no Instructional Rounds expert. The majority of our work happens on site with a school based group of teachers. Onto co-planning The co-planning stage sets up the tension for the underlying why of classroom observations (in my limited experience!). Why this kind of classroom observation makes sense: 1. But more than anything else this process helps remind us: We learn to do the work by doing the work, not by telling other people to do the work, not by having done the work at some time in the past, and not by hiring experts who can act as proxies for our knowledge about how to do the work. Like this: Like Loading...

Why Students Need Personal Learning Portfolios More than We Do This post explores Personal Learning Portfolios [PLPs], an extension of a Personal Learning Environment. I review briefly PLPs for professionals, but focus on the potential and promise that PLPs hold for our students. I wrote recently about Personal Learning Environments [PLE], Personal Learning Networks [PLN] and the need for educators to develop both as a means to support their professional and personal growth and learning. Personal Learning Portfolios for Professionals Both posts generated meaningful discussion— with many comments coming from participants in the Education Technology & Media course (#ETMOOC). Yet, it is the following comment made during an asynchronous discussion between myself and two other educators that sparked the idea of introducing the concept of a PLP to students: “….my “hub” all of my digital work [this educator uses her blog as her 'hub', a platform for her portfolio]. My ‘working definition’ of a PLP for students: Example of Student Learning Portfolios

Recruitment and Retention Part 6: Enhance Teacher Career OptionsThe Educator I’m someone that needs a good challenge, whether it be in my personal or professional life. I like the thrill of facing a difficult problem and having to come up with a creative solution. For example, possibly my most exciting day this year was when my air conditioning went out and I had to figure [&hellip... courtesy of teacherleaders I’m someone that needs a good challenge, whether it be in my personal or professional life. The challenges inherent in teaching are one of the reasons I continue to do it. No educator should ever need to feel that teaching has become boring or mundane. Here’s how a teacher career ladder works in concept. Such systems have faced opposition from veteran educators accustomed to the old step and lane salary systems. Evidence suggests that a career ladder policy similar to the one outlined here would enhance our ability to retain irreplaceables in the classroom. Shelby County is fortunate in that a template for this type of career ladder system already exists.

Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' - Education Week Published Online: April 22, 2014 Published in Print: April 23, 2014, as Sowing Seeds of Change Commentary By Ellis Hurd & Gary Weilbacher One of our colleagues provided us with an article by David Ruenzel, called "Business as Usual," that appeared 20 years ago in Teacher Magazine (then a print periodical published by Education Week's parent company). On the basis of interviews and classroom observations, Mr. Ultimately, he concluded that schools of education may be irrelevant, as all they do is prepare future teachers to "adapt to prevailing practices" in the public schools. As public school teachers in the 1990s and early 2000s, we can say that Mr. “While the issues raised by Mr. The current wave of politically motivated reform efforts has effectively stirred the educational pot with questions about how schools are organized and operated, as well as how teachers should be trained. — There is little doubt that the forward-looking political climate of 20 years ago is gone.

The 4 Components of a DIY Professional Development Toolkit Education has always been a reflection of broader cultural values. As such, the roles of teachers and students have evolved as our models of education have moved from one iteration to another. Teachers who once traveled to town to instruct a heterogeneous room full of passive learners on matters of rote memorization have come to adopt new roles and philosophies toward learning. As these new models have emerged, educators have been required to hone their skills and adapt to ever changing sets of priorities, needs and expectations. Where such trainings were once the sole responsibility of state and district organizations, many teachers are now seeing the value of venturing out to amalgamate their own professional learning experiences. While no two paths are the same, there are four components of effective do-it-yourself (DIY) professional development that all educational professionals should consider. Twitter I finally understand how much differentiated learning matters. Blogs Edcamps