Module 1 – Digital Learning Environments
This quarter we are diving into digital learning environments which is an area that I am especially interested in. I’m excited to see what everyone researches this summer in this area. For our first module, we are focused on:
ISTE Coaching Standard 3 – “Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students.”
C. “Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, andcollaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.”
In the realm of physical education, we are not as involved in creating digital learning environments, but as a possible future technology coach I have been exploring ways that I can help other teachers using different digital models.
This last year I was trying to develop a way that I could present professional development to the teachers at my school using a blended or flipped learning model. The year got away from me before I was able to implement this, but now I was finally able to conduct more research in this area. My main question this round was how I would be able to effectively provide professional development for teachers that promotes collaborative learning using the flipped learning model.
While searching, I found an EdSurge article, “The Flip Side of Professional Development,” that I believe succinctly boils down the research the authors did on flipped learning to five key elements:
Planning and Documentation – I find that planning out goals and having one place where all notes and resources are collected would be a greatly useful tool (especially a digital one) when trying to plan out flipped PD. The few times I have been presented with a tool like this, I found it useful and referred back to it many times.
Personalized Digital Content – I believe that giving teachers content that is relevant is important. Personalized content can be found in a variety mediums depending upon what content is being covered. I have also found that shorter videos of 2-5 minutes keep teachers engaged as opposed to longer content.
Regularly Scheduled PD – The struggle that I see with this is that coaches would need to be able to make time for this to happen. I agree that it is a necessary part of learning for teachers.
Personalization Through Coaching – Creating content based on teachers’ interests is something that I definitely want to make time for. It will happen make their professional development more meaningful in the long run.
Communities of Learning – Having professional learning networks centered around digital education has been a huge asset in my learning and I have come away with many more ideas and content. Taking the time to guide teachers and/or set up learning communities is another way that I would like to take their learning to the next level.
I believe that these five key elements could provide a framework that would help model online learning which in turn helps to increase student achievement.
What Teachers Want.
Another EdSurge article I found talks about what teachers want out of professional development. I think the findings align very well with the 5 key elements of flipped learning and will help to provide a more fulfilling professional development experience. I especially think the lack of engagement of traditional professional development styles will be fixed by using a flipped model or elements of the model.
A Further Look…
For a further look at flipped learning, here is a short video discussing the benefits of flipped professional development.
5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them-If Implementation Improves (EdSurge News). (2016). Retrieved July 24, 2016, from https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-28-5-things-teachers-want-from-pd-and-how-coaching-and-collaboration-can-deliver-them-if-implementation-improves?utm_content=bufferfa66c
C. (2013). Flipping Professional Development: No teacher bored in the background. Retrieved July 24, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox4i9yVQUUI
The Flip Side of Professional Development (EdSurge News). (2014). Retrieved July 24, 2016, from https://www.edsurge.com/news/2014-04-18-the-flip-side-of-professional-development