The World Economic Forum (WEF) has set out what it considers are the key elements for Digital Intelligence in 2016 and encourages education systems to embrace them if we are to have a global workforce for the future and our children effective digital citizens. The report highlights that our children view technology differently, they expect to be connected and they turn to mobile and tablet devices for entertainment. Whilst many adults haven’t embraced such technologies and struggle to adapt, my two year old learnt the phrase “Daddy where’s your ipad?” very early on and is very adept at finding Peppa Pig for his Entertainment.
The WEF model has 8 key themes which as educators we’ll already be familiar with through Internet Acceptable Use policies etc. The two I’m most interested in in this blog are:
The invention of the massive open online course (Mooc) is “not the kind of revolutionary thing I think people were hoping for. It’s not a disrupter,” Hennessy tells Times Higher Education, adding that the development of online education in general still has a long way to go before it is in a position to challenge traditional campuses.
We’re very good at concluding that we’ve found the silver bullet before we’ve done the test to determine whether it really is a silver bullet,” he admits.
The term Mooc was coined in 2008, but it was 2012 that The New York Times dubbed “the year of the Mooc”. That was the year that Mooc providers Coursera, Udacity, edX and FutureLearn were all launched – the former two by Stanford academics (see 'The future is...still downloading', below).
As we begin our journey of working more collaboratively in Innovative Learning Environments, sharing OneNote Class Notebooks and developing digital modeling books together actively encourages ongoing conversations about effective practice.
XuetangX just crossed 5 million learners, adding over 1 million students in the last 2 months
Denis Lundie's insight:
A few relevant points - MOOC integration with face-to-face, course credits from partner universities, taking the initiative in e-learning will just increase the rate at which China develops knowledge and skills across all disciplines. XuetangX used the Open EdX base, modified and enhanced it, so also taking the lead in development of e-learning standards.
Learners’ use of digital tools and other technology to support their learning in our K-12 systems continues to be sporadic and often not observed despite the proliferation of use outside of school. Based on an analysis of three years of direct classroom observations in K-12 schools across 39 states and 11 countries, AdvancED found there are still relatively few classrooms in which the use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of a student’s school experience. In more than half (52.7 percent) of classrooms direct observations show no evidence students are using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning; two-thirds of classrooms show no evidence of students using technology to solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.
Trained and certified observers conduct classroom observations as a part of AdvancED’s continuous improvement process which could include STEM Certification, accreditation, readiness and/or diagnostic review. Each observation lasts a minimum of 20 minutes during which observers use the learner-centric eProve™ Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool® (eleot®) to gather data focused on the activities learners are engaged in, their discussions and interactions, resources they are using for learning, their behaviors and dispositions during the learning process, etc. Observers rate each of the 30 eleot items on a four-point scale where 4 = Very Evident, 3 = Evident, 2 = Somewhat Evident and 1 = Not Observed
Currently, some type of online learning opportunity is available to students in 48 of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. In fact, research confirms blended learning is on the rise: more than half (54 percent) of low-income Americans say they would be more likely to send their child to a school that offered blended learning and nearly 70 percent of school districts now offer blended learning models in their schools.
A meta-analysis of more than 1,000 online learning studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education compared traditional in-person instruction, pure online courses and blended instruction. Studies that involved blended learning environments were found to have the greatest impact in improving student achievement.
This study and additional research shows blended learning has some notable benefits, including:
Students have access to the best of both worlds to support individual learning styles.The combination of live, interactive, face-to-face instruction along with digital content and personalized learning strategies helps increase student learning.Digital content can be more flexible and dynamic than traditional textbooks.The ability to watch instruction multiple times, stop, pause and rewind is beneficial for many students.Because students are not confined to a physical location, blended learning expands the walls of the classroom by allowing students to continue learning outside of school hours.
OneNote is a central location for all teachers’ resources, allowing them to access a wide range of educational resources, while the OneNote Class Notebook allows for collaboration between students, an array of different tasks and assessment...
I successfully implemented OneNote Learning Tools in my teaching and gained a significant impact in language acquisition. This tool supports all of the aspects I have marked as important and crucial when teaching foreign language.
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Interactivity, including gamified apps, crowdsourcing, and interactive video, is an important strategy for gaining and maintaining interest, improving learning, and even fostering employee understanding, conviction, and loyalty.
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