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Can Web 2.0 “save”
Can Web 2.0 support effective professional development? YES!
Professional development should:
-Professional Learning in the Learning Profession by Linda Darling-Hammond et al, NSDC (2009) http://www.nsdc.org/stateproflearning.cfm
“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)
“In education…we 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.htmlBut there are so many tools!
“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
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to share ideas or focus on a specific topic or project, such as
Web 2.0 and Online PD enable:
“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
Can Web 2.0 Save Teacher Professional Development? and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009. presenter:Christopher D. Sessums, Ph.D.Post Doctoral Associate in Educational TechnologySchool of Teaching and LearningCollege of Education | University of Florida
teacher professional development research: and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Much of what passes for TPD has been described as "fragmented, intellectually superficial" (Borko, 2004).On-going support for meaningful TPD is limited (Barnett, 2002).
teacher professional development research: and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Lack of day-to-day support and mentoring is related to the 50% attrition rate of new teachers w/in their first 5 years of practice (National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, 2003).
online teacher professional development research and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” (Dede, et al., 2009):oTPD is a relatively nascent field of study.Which design features, tools, and strategies work best are still being analyzed.Evidence is mostly anecdotal with relatively few empirical studies.
my oTPD research examined (Sessums, 2009): and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” • what works• for action research coaches• spread throughout NE Florida• how digital media supported a PLC • how this approach can be effective.
my oTPD research implications for facilitators and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” (Sessums, 2009):• social artist an understanding of community-building & developing social connections• educative mentorsufficient knowledge of the practice itself to demonstrate credibility• community organizationnurturing and strengthening connections• expressed expectations/ground rules
my oTPD research implications for facilitators: and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Good online community facilitation requires special skills by the facilitator to progress conversations from trivial surface level discussion and social exchange to deeper levels of engagement.(Ambrose 2001; Sherry,Tavalin & Billig 2001; Collison et al. 2000; Sessums, 2009).
my oTPD research implications for facilitators: and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Create a culture of collaboration – provide activities that require collaboration, sharing, & reflection.
my oTPD research implications for facilitators: and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Create activities that support dedication to the endeavor (commitment) and dedication to the comm(unity). Involve participants in project planning, defining team identity, goals, and processes.
oTPD facilitator challenges: and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” • technical frustrations• size of community• lack of time due to competing priorities• participants feeling they have nothing to share• info overload after community absence• motivations• how closely should a facil. monitor individuals participation?• standing back and letting participants work through issues
oTPD research implications for community designers: and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Technical designs should reflect/support the community’s goals.E.g. Task-based, practice-based, knowledge-based, mash-ups (Riel & Polin, 2004)
my oTPD research take-aways (Sessums, 2009): and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” New resource constraints and continuing economic re-organization provides the opportunity to transform TPD activities and processes using newer and more meaningful models.
my oTPD research take-aways (Sessums, 2009): and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Rethinking management techniques—Use Web 2.0 tools to allow all participants to serve as reservoirs of innovation, contribution, collaboration.
my oTPD research take-aways (Sessums, 2009): and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” Design community activities around your practice. Use Web 2.0 tools to document and share what you’ve learned/accomplished.
my oTPD research take-aways (Dede, et al., 2009): and the tools that are now available to us in the Internet age” design based research needed—• document and share what works;• for whom;• under what conditions; and• how & why this approach is effective.
Questions and Answers
With budgets tight, how can school districts and teachers alike know good online teacher development opportunities any more than we know which 1-day workshops might be valuable?
How do we still keep learning personal when doing online professional development? How important is the role of "human interaction" in online PD experiences.
What kind of structure is needed to maintain any professional development done through Web 2.0 technologies? What are the components of P.D. as it becomes a continuous process rather than an event.
How do you ensure that the quality of the content and teaching and learning objectives do not get subsumed by the nature of the tools available?
What kinds of funding & resources do schools need to support staff development via online services?
How does one work around barriers set up by conservative systems that block important communication technologies without putting users at risk?
What district is doing this well?
What objective data/research is there to show using Web 2.0 tools is having an impact?
Are online conversations as effective as face to-face conversations in supporting the kinds of interaction needed for building trust and consensus within a group?
I present staff development training each year to various school staff. How will this trend affect my role? How can I prepare for this new environment?
Should administrations allow PD credit for time spent on professional social networking sites. If so, then how do they monitor the time?
What has been the success of PD delivered in Second Life-like virtual environments?
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