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Reaching & Teaching Today's Learner

Presentation based on research to gain support for the funding of new technology tools to improve student learning

Melissa Audette

on 24 September 2010

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Transcript of Reaching & Teaching Today's Learner

Reaching and Teaching Today's Learner What do today's learners need? Grown Up Digital -
8 Net Generation Norms Freedom
Corporate Integrity & Openness
Entertainment & Play (in word,
education,& social life)
Collaboration & Relationships
Innovation -Don Tapscott What's the point?! Today's generation learns differently than older generations. We can't continue to teach the same way we have previous generations. We need the tools and support to reach and teach today's learners. Some Theories of Learning A Theory for the Digital Age Constructivism:
Learning is…
•a biochemical activity in the brain
•a relatively permanent change in behavior
•information processing
•remembering and recalling
•social negotiation
•thinking skills
•knowledge construction
•conceptual change
•contextual change
•distributed among the community
•tuning perceptions to environmental affordances
•Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
•Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
•Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
•Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known.
•Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
•Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
•Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.
The SAMR Model How Technology Affects Instruction Project Based Learning (PBL) Differentiated Instruction (DI) Understanding by Design (UbD) How are YOU using technology in the curriculum? The Need for Support Funding and time for...
Educational Technology
Professional Development
Administrative support for tech initiatives Meeting State and National Standards VT GE's & Framework Standards http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pubs/framework.html

ISTE - NETS-S, NETS-T, NETS-A http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=NETS Resources:

"Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age." elearnspace. Web. 20 July 2010.<http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm>

Jonassen, David H., and David H. Jonassen. Learning to Solve Problems with Technology: a Constructivist Perspective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill, 2003.

Ngenera. "YouTube - Don Tapscott : "Grown Up Digital" Book Launch." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 8 Jan. 2009. Web. 20 July 2010. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msM8tr9VLYo>

Tapscott, Don. Grown up Digital: How the Net Generation Is Changing Your World. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

"The SAMR Model - From Theory to Practice." Tech Transformation. Web. 20 July 2010. <http://transformingtechnology.blogspot.com/2010/04/samr-model-from-theory-to-practice.html>. Multiple Intelligences Summary:
Research has shown that today's learners are learning in different ways and at a different pace than past generations. Technology plays a large role in this. Research has deomonstrated that technology can enhance learning and meet the needs of today's learners. In order to provide an effective education and prepare students for the future, we must have access to educational technology and proivde professional development to teachers so they are able to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum. The Proposal:
To Increase access to educational technology and to provide teachers & staff with the professional development needed to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum.
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