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Spotlight on Emerging Technology:Online Learning in K-12 Schools

Rebecca Dwyer

Walden University

New & Emerging Technologies

Instructor: Jacqueline Derby

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21st Century Learning

  • Developing:

  • Core Subjects & 21st Century Themes

  • Learning & Innovation Skills

  • Information, Media, & Technology Skills

  • Life & Career Skills

    -(Partnership for 21st Century Learning)


Today’s Educational Direction for Developing Tomorrow’s Society

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Course Management Systems (CMS)/

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

  • Educational systems that will provide formal instruction & resources.

  • Electronic: Online/Video Based

  • Non-Electronic: Print Based

Online Learning is a Key Ingredient for Promoting 21st Century Learning

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  • Free designable online courses for K-12 students & teachers with administrative tools for optimum design.

  • Allows for management of course design and assignments, student collaboration, & teacher assistance.

  • Gives students access to course materials, resources, & assignments from anywhere a computer with Internet connection is available.

  • Availability of various assessment opportunities.

Course Management Systems

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  • Multi-Sensory Learning

  • Touches on Different Learning Styles

  • Motivating Intrigue for Such a Learning Style

  • Access From Almost Anywhere

  • Communication & Collaboration with Peers & Teachers

  • Gain of 21st Century Skills

Benefiting Students

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  • Promotes Multi-Sensory Learning

  • Differentiates Instruction

  • Promotes 21st Century Skills

  • Allows for Communication with Students for Support & Clarification

  • Allows for Creative Planning

  • Organizationally Friendly

Benefiting Teachers

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  • The virtual walls of the classroom are knocked down & instruction can be continued anywhere a computer has Web access.

  • The educational community becomes more closely connected with the lines of communication & cooperation opened.

  • There is heightened potential & opportunities for greater interaction among peers and varied grade levels.

  • Organization & clarification are strongly opportune.

Filling Instructional Gaps

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  • “Builds teamwork skills, problem solving abilities, creativity, decision making proficiency, & higher order thinking skills”

    (Cavanaugh, C. & Clark, T., 2007)

  • “Strong academic skills, motivation, discipline, & course structure compatible with one’s learning styles are conducive to success in K-12 online learning”

    (Cavanaugh, C. & Clark, T., 2007)

  • Advancement of 21st Century Skills

  • Closely related to the common activities, hobbies, and interactions of this student generation

Meaningful, Authentic, Learning

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References creativity, decision making proficiency, & higher order thinking skills”

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.

Lemke, C., & Coughlin, E. (2009). The change agents. Educational Leadership, 67(1), 54–59.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2004).

Spotlight on Emerging Technology: Online Learning in K-12 Schools