When students have all the knowledge of the Internet at the touch of their smartphones, the value of an institution lies in how well it helps them learn, not in how many hours they spend in a classroom.
You want to implement e-learning into your curriculum on a regular basis.
How do you do it? What partners do you need? Who the heck is going to actually create the e-learning tools? Before you start jogging down this path, take a look at this infographic that spells it all out in pretty clear terms.
We’re in a period where the cutting edge of change has moved from the technology to the literacies made possible by the technology.
The future of digital culture – yours, mine, and ours – depends on how well we learn to use the media that have infiltrated, amplified, distracted, enriched, and complicated our lives. I believe that learning to live mindfully in cyber culture is as important to us as a civilization as it is vital to you and me as individuals.
Chris Dede (shown here on screen), a professor of learning technologies at Harvard, says classrooms of the future will have “a more complicated model of teacher performance that, when they know how to do it, teachers are going to appreciate.”
It's a little like the tipping point a century ago, when America shifted from the rural one-room schoolhouse to the industrial-era school. We now have the kinds of technology that would let us develop a 21st-century education system if we have the political will to go ahead and do that.
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For higher education to fulfill its historic role as an engine of social mobility and economic growth, we must continue to seek big technology breakthroughs. This means thinking creatively about how to serve students as individuals, while also ensuring that many more students get the learning opportunities they deserve.
"Introducing iPads and other tablets into the classroom definitely ignited a revolutionary tech movement in higher education, but e-books and interactive lesson plans are only the beginning. Experts predict a second revolutionary tech wave will occur within the next decade that will flip old methods of teaching and learning on its head."
Instead of telling students what to do, or not to do, Ivester offers ten measures that may help them judge their actions and make decisions about their digital future on their own. This list applies beautifully to people of all ages. See if you agree.
1. Give them access to Web 2.0 tools. 2. Put them in charge of their own learning. 3. Explore team-building using peer knowledge. 4. Inspire and empower them to be leaders in their community. 5. Get to know your students and build relationships.
Engagement: media that grabs attention Motivation: encouragement to go deeper Persistence: capturing more learning hours per day Production: ability to publish high quality work product Presentation: professional quality presentations Personalization: customized learning experiences Access: 24/7 access to great teachers and content Collaboration: instant interest and subject groups Acceleration: more and faster performance feedback Options: many new pathways to mastery We could add convenience—the ability to vary rate, time, and location
Well constructed tech-enabled learning leads to:
More writing More thinking More motivation More automaticity More time on higher order teaching More higher order practice (using games & sims) More publishing to wider audiences More investigating More collaborating More making, inventing, & creating
Digital learning can lead to deeper learning by engaging and motivating students and by encouraging production and publication of high quality products.
It's clear that in order for schools to adequately prepare students for the "real world" they will enter upon graduating, teachers, administrators and other school staff have no choice but to acknowledge the role that social media plays in that world.
These strategies can help teachers maximize social media’s learning potential without using the tools.
New forms of social media emerge all the time. But what's to be gained from leveraging the power of these Web 2.0 resources in classroom activities?
Along with generating increased student engagement, these activities can be used to assess what students understand about a topic. Anyone can look up Benjamin Franklin on Wikipedia and create a PowerPoint presentation of the information found there. Creating a fake Facebook wall for Benjamin Franklin that delivers the same information, but from the perceived perspective of Benjamin Franklin himself, adds a level of higher-order thinking to the activity that students will long remember.
Perhaps more important than the content we teach are the life skills we model by embracing these concepts. Using social media in the classroom allows teachers to remind students of the power their words can have online. This understanding will be crucial as they head to college, start a career and become adults in a digital world.
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