Online Professional Development and Web 2.0

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This is a presentation I gave at a preconfence session on Web 2.0 and Online Learning at the 2009 Virtual School Symposium

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