A New Pedagogy is Emerging
Technology and our information driven society are effecting the way we teach and the way students learn.
- The move towards a new pedagogy is influenced by technology and the abundance of information available online. Our students are digital natives. They expect to use today's technology in their learning. Students are able to access, apply, and demonstrate learning in various ways. They must develop the skills and knowledge to use technology to locate and apply information. These skills are essential to our students' success.
- Educators are using technology to enhance their teaching. New teaching strategies and approaches have resulted from the use of technology. Specifically, technology has changed the role educators play in the classroom. Teacher centered classrooms are being replaced by student centered learning environments. Students take a more active role in their learning and the teacher is there to facilitate and guide. Learning objectives are flexible to provide options for students with diverse learning styles to help them successfully meet the learning objectives.
- This week I learned about different models for designing lessons that promote student centered learning and deeper understanding of content. The Expeditionary Learning model connects learning with real world issues and needs. Students use cases studies, field work, and projects to learn. Students take the role of professionals and explore, discover, and collaborate to solve problems. They take ownership and responsibility of their learning. Student work has value and has a purpose that goes beyond the teacher's desk. Ron Berger uses student work as a model that helps and improves student work. An academic mindset exists that shifts the focus of school from judging to one of improving.
- Another design option is Understanding by Design,UdL. I especially enjoyed Grant Wigging videos. He is very clear that educators should have a goal of producing students who can think critically and creatively. Using UdL you work backwards form classroom learning goal when design lessons. You do not use content to design your lessons. Teaching for transfer, or applicability to real life is also a necessity for successful UdL design. This again reminds us that to engage students we need to use real life and authentic learning opportunities. I loved Wiggins' suggestion for asking students to write what they think their teacher's learning goal for them is. Student responses to this question could help improve instruction.
- An opportunity to lead students into deeper learning exists by examining student work. The consultancy protocol discussed in the DLMOOC Week 2 Lens into the Classroom is a powerful way for educators to improve lessons and help students reach deeper learning. In the consultancy protocol an evaluation by peers occurs.
- Educators are embracing online learning because of this a new pedagogy is emerging. Will Richardson comments on the benefits of online learning and how it is changing the classroom.