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Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

Can Web 2.0 Save Teacher Professional Development?

Sponsored by:

View all upcoming webinars @ www.edweek.org/go/webinar

Gerald Herbert/AP


Our moderator

Our Moderator:

Anthony Rebora

Managing editor of Education Week Teacher and the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook.

www.edweek.org/tm

www.teachersourcebook.org


Our guests

Our Guests:

Barbara Treacy

Director, EdTech Leaders Online, Education Development Center

Christopher Sessums

Assistant professor in the College of Educationat the University of Florida


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

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Can web 2 0 save professional development

Can Web 2.0 Save Professional Development?

Barbara Treacy

Director, EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO)

Education Development Center (EDC)


Today s webinar

Today’s Webinar

Can Web 2.0 “save”

professional

development? NO!

Can Web 2.0 support effective professional development? YES!


Questions for today

Questions for today

  • What are the elements of effective PD?

  • How can Web 2.0 and online tools help educators implement PD more effectively?

  • What are some online PD tools and models we’ve found useful at EDC?


Elements of effective pd

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


Web 2 0 tools can support

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)


But there are so many tools

“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.html

But there are so many tools!


How do we know which tools to use

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


Examples of types of tools

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:


Voice and content tools

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:


Collaboration tools

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:


Communication tools

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:


More tool types

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


Lessons from edtech leaders online

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 they’re 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)


Lessons cont

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)


A final word

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


Thank you

Thank you!

Contact:

Barbara Treacy

[email protected]

EdTech Leaders Online

http://edtechleaders.org

Education Development Center

http://edc.org


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

Can Web 2.0 Save Teacher Professional Development?

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


Areas of interest learning sciences learning organizations and participatory media design

areas of interest:learning sciences, learning organizations, and participatory media design


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

teacher professional development research: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).


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

teacher professional development research: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).


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

online teacher professional development research (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.


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research examined (Sessums, 2009):• what works• for action research coaches• spread throughout NE Florida• how digital media supported a PLC • how this approach can be effective.


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research implications for facilitators (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


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research implications for facilitators: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).


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research implications for facilitators:Create a culture of collaboration – provide activities that require collaboration, sharing, & reflection.


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research implications for facilitators: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.


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

oTPD facilitator challenges:• 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


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

oTPD research implications for community designers:Technical designs should reflect/support the community’s goals.E.g. Task-based, practice-based, knowledge-based, mash-ups (Riel & Polin, 2004)


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research take-aways (Sessums, 2009):New resource constraints and continuing economic re-organization provides the opportunity to transform TPD activities and processes using newer and more meaningful models.


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research take-aways (Sessums, 2009):Rethinking management techniques—Use Web 2.0 tools to allow all participants to serve as reservoirs of innovation, contribution, collaboration.


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research take-aways (Sessums, 2009):Design community activities around your practice. Use Web 2.0 tools to document and share what you’ve learned/accomplished.


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

my oTPD research take-aways (Dede, et al., 2009):design based research needed—• document and share what works;• for whom;• under what conditions; and• how & why this approach is effective.


Question answer session

Question & Answer Session

Questions and Answers


Question 1

Question #1

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?


Question 2

Question #2

How do we still keep learning personal when doing online professional development? How important is the role of "human interaction" in online PD experiences.


Question 3

Question #3

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.


Question 4

Question #4

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?


Question 5

Question #5

What kinds of funding & resources do schools need to support staff development via online services?


Question 6

Question #6

How does one work around barriers set up by conservative systems that block important communication technologies without putting users at risk?


Question 7

Question #7

What district is doing this well?

What objective data/research is there to show using Web 2.0 tools is having an impact?


Question 8

Question #8

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?


Question 9

Question #9

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?


Question 10

Question #10

Should administrations allow PD credit for time spent on professional social networking sites. If so, then how do they monitor the time?


Question 11

Question #11

What has been the success of PD delivered in Second Life-like virtual environments?


Can web 2 0 save teacher professional development

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