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  • PLEs place a large amount of responsibility on students and thus requires a high level of self-management and awareness. Not every student is ready for this responsibility, so teachers need to have strategies in place to guide and support these learners.
    • moodyh
       
      This is the part that I get stuck on.  Many students are either not mature enough for this yet or have been so put off by school that they think there is no educational topic that interests them.  In a more one-on-one environment, like my alt school, I can usually find something to interest them and get them going.  However, in a traditional school setting, where I see students only for an hour each day for only 60 days, and so many of them, it's hard to work with each student one-on-one to get them motivated.  I think all the comments that the whole school would have to shift (rather than just one classroom) makes sense because the students would have to learn how to deal with this new level of responsibility.  60 hours with one teacher just won't get that accomplished, no matter how phenomenal the teacher is.
    • alissahansen
       
      I definitely agree with you on this. Since I teach freshmen, I feel like a lot of time is teaching them just how to be good citizens (at school, at home, in the community, and in the world)! I only see them for 45 minutes each day, but I do see them all year. I would really like to implement a more personalized learning environment for them, but I know it's going to be an up-hill climb all of the way!
    • alissahansen
       
      Last comment by Alissa Hansen.
    • edamisch
       
      This would be a challenge for me as well, since I only have my 6th graders for 9 weeks per school year, and my 7th and 8th graders for 7 weeks per school year! 
    • Lisa Hackman
       
      Being a teacher in an alternative program, most of my students just want to be done with school as quick as possible. They are so tired of playing the game of school. I must admit, unfortunately, that I may feed that "get-done-with-school-as-soon-as-possible" mentality by pushing students to stay on track or get ahead of the game. However, if the student becomes the driver in their own learning then maybe they will be more motivated. As educators, we need to tap into the "What's in if for me?" mindset that many students have. Find an interest of the students and build their learning environment around that interest. Much easier said than done.
    • dwefel
       
      I agree with this. I also think that parents need to be aware of what teachers are doing as well. A high school teacher at my former school put everything on Twitter and one parent did not want her 15 year old daughter to have a Twitter account. Something to always think about and be ready to have alternative ways to do assignments or simply make it a requirement.
  • professionalism is far more about the effective manipulation– access, evaluation, & applicatio
    • moodyh
       
      This seems to be a recurring theme as well.  Getting students ready for the "real world" isn't so much about making sure they know lots of details about every subject area, but making sure they could find and understand any detail in any subject area that they will need.  The goal of education seems less about passing on information as teaching students how to organize and understand the over-abundance of it.  How then do we balance this with the extreme focus on core-curriculum?  Finding a balance is the challenge.
    • lisalillian311
       
      Yes, it seems there needs to be instruction on how to gather/organize the information and reliable sources, and then instruction on using it.  While the end result is positive, it will take time to jump start students in their own PLE.
  • Symbaloo has created a version of the platform specifically for educators
    • moodyh
       
      We got introduced to Symbaloo at school this year, although I might check into the EDU version.  I got logged in and played for a few minutes, but never had the time to develop something usable because as a district we were on to something different.  I like that our district provides us with many topics and learning opportunities, but I wish that I had more time to focus on one thing.  I think this is probably what it's like for students.  They get exposed to so much, but they need help organizing it and time to explore.  
    • lisalillian311
       
      Yes, Symballoo seems like more than one day of PD.  I haven't started my own yet, but I think it will take time to get a handle on the lingo as well as using the tools within the website.
    • Alison Ruebel
       
      I agree as teachers we would need to be taught or have time to explore this site and learn how to exactly model it appropriately to our grade level. I would love to see how other teachers use this and model it in their classrooms too. 
    • edamisch
       
      I can relate to this feeling, whenever I attend a conference, I learn so much that I need a day or two afterwards to just process and create the new games and activities that I've found, but it is always straight back to teaching. 
    • moodyh
       
      Some teacher as my school went to a conference this year and actually talked administration into another professional development day where they could just process all of their information.  It was pretty cool.
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  • Some instructors empower students to use their own mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones as a means to create PLEs.
    • lisalillian311
       
      We have 1-on-1 technology in our district, which is ideal for PLEs.  However, when the student forgets the laptop or has no power left in the battery, the smartphone comes in handy.  It is tougher to monitor the smartphone.
    • lisalillian311
       
      Autonomy is a great concern for me.  With collaboration being stressed in CCS, will students be able to conquer this skill without the use of technology?  At some point, some issues have to be discussed face-to-face, and there is a separate skill set for that environment.
    • lisalillian311
       
      I like the idea of Symballoo--kind of like a favorites list and bookmarks in my Google account.  What will take time for me is learning all the lingo attached to Symballoo!
    • lisalillian311
       
      What is aggregator?
    • alissahansen
       
      I have always been a support of helpful tech resources that students are interested in, which is why I am always trying to learn more about different Apps and tools and explore them myself. Once I play around a bit, I usually introduce it to my students. Sometimes the resources are new, sometimes not, but there are so many wonderful tools out there. I visit Richard Byrne's site once a day! Currently, our language arts department has Chromebook carts for each classroom and the district is allocating more and more to different departments. They are wonderful to have, but students will get bored very quickly if they are only being used for tech sake. I LOVE the idea of having students create a Symbaloo. In fact, my plan is to have them begin one at the start of the school year and then they can add to it as we move through different units. This would have been particularly helpful during our research unit.  I also like the idea of "empower"ing students to use their phones and other mobile devices, but we do have a pretty strict policy on phone usage at our school. Sometimes students' phones work much more efficiently than the Chromebooks. (Alissa Hansen)
    • spfantz
       
      I think my students would love deciding which medium to use. I also have a lot of artistic students who would chose to create a paper/pencil project similar in format to a prezi presentation or blog with pictures.
    • edamisch
       
      Choice can be such a motivator for students, we all have our strengths and weaknesses! 
    • emilyzelenovich
       
      This is something I also worry about with the students I teach. While I appreciate their willingness to use technology and the creativity it lends itself to, I worry about their ability to solve problems and communicate effectively face to face. How do you ensure they are learning these essential skills as well when things are so individualized? 
    • Jessica Athen
       
      This made me think about how difficult it is to have a PLE in a traditional classroom setting. We have 1:1 technology in our district, but students are extremely limited in what websites and programs they can use (You Tube, all social media, etc is blocked for students.) We also do not allow students to use tablets or smartphones in the classroom, with some teachers wanting to enact a school wide ban on smart phones and tablets so that they are not allowed in school at all. I am so excited to be learning about all of the opportunities PLEs offer students, but I also think there are many changes that will have to be made before we can start moving in this direction.
  • The vast array of options and sense of autonomy that lies at the very heart of personal learning environments can also be a huge inhibitor.
    • alissahansen
       
      I also worry about autonomy, as I teach freshmen English and 14 and 15 year olds do not have a "high level of self-management and awareness," at least not many. Like any classroom, however, guidelines need to be firmly in place and I think autonomy would need to be frontloaded before jumping into a PLE. I do think students would do very well in this type of environment. In fact, I often have students telling me about different resources they go to on a daily basis...whether it's to get advice, read a review, write a review, or even write a short story! The possibilities are endless, but I do think structure needs to be in place. At least to begin with. I start the year with my freshmen discussing and reading/watching material regarding civility, we made a code of civility in each class, and then we blog about our practicing of it throughout the year. I would like to implement a PLE in much the same manner. (Alissa Hansen)
  • The idea of having one site to log into daily and then a pre-constructed  dashboard of all the learning tools and spaces available to us seemed appealing to the 7th period students
    • alissahansen
       
      I do think that using a Symbaloo is a great idea to manage resources, and it looks like something my students would enjoy working with. However, my school has really moved towards using Google Classroom and teachers having Google sites, which I spend a lot of time and energy on with both. I think too many tech items can be a cognitive overload for students and teachers alike. I think if I am to use something like Symbaloo, I would need to eliminate at least Classroom or Sites and maybe even some of the other many sites that I have students use (Newsela, NoRedInk, Kahoot, etc.). It's just hard for me, especially with the site that I have created because I have spent so much time on it over the past three years. I just don't think students would benefit from having to click around to a lot of different resources, especially if they are teacher-created. (Alissa Hansen)
    • ascallon
       
      I like the idea of a daily log in for updates.  I think this would work in the Green Belt classroom for relaying information as students don't attend the same schedule each day.
  • Teachers are challenged to provide the appropriate balance between structured lessons and learner autonomy in order to facilitate self-directed learning.
    • alissahansen
       
      Great quote on the benefits of PLE, but getting students who are not "ready" or mature enough to handle this type of self-direction will struggle. A challenge for teachers indeed! I think the classroom (physical environment) setup is the first thing that needs to be changed in order to prepare students for this type of autonomy. What do the rest of you think? (Alissa Hansen)
    • alissahansen
       
      I guess I should also state that I do not think students are getting enough opportunities to be autonomous, which is why they struggle and fear it when they are given the opportunity. (Alissa Hansen)
  • A personal learning environment (PLE) with personal knowledge management (PKM) tools An eportfolio A collection of resources related to a problem-based learning challenge Study group resources
    • alissahansen
       
      I am really looking forward to starting this with students. It's like a one-stop shop for their individual needs. One of the biggest setbacks I have faced in recent years was trying out a multitude of tech resources and although some were helpful, clicking around all over the place was overwhelming! (Alissa Hansen)
    • spfantz
       
      I was devistated when google removed igoogle, and I think this could definitely take its place. I agree that students will appreciate the convenience of this site.
    • Lisa Hackman
       
      Alissa, I get overwhelmed with the amount of resources and tools available. I often don't know where to start, so I opt not to. Thankfully, I'm taking this class and I have the opportunity to investigate and use some PLE tools like Diigo and Symbaloo, things I've never heard of until now!
  • method students use to organize their self-directed online learning
    • spfantz
       
      I think this would be very powerful and I would love to create something like this, personally. I think my accellerated students would thrive, but worry that my lower level students would struggle due to a lack of confidence in themselves and lack of self-awareness. I wonder if there are certain organizational PLE templates that would work better for certain learning styles? Or perhaps a template would defeat the pourpose.....
  • attend to supporting students in developing their skills and motivations for becoming themselves networked and sophisticated online learners
    • spfantz
       
      I love the idea of supporting students individually, I just struggle to envision being able to support all my students adequately within my classroom. I feel like it would be easy to digress with a student over their PLE, but feel it could be difficult to find the time.
    • jroffman
       
      I sooo agree!!!! I would love to watch how an expert teacher teaches in a PLE classroom! I love the concept and the idea I am just struggling to make it work in the classroom.
    • Kristina Dvorak
       
      I like this concept, I think it is easier to do in a classroom that is content specific.  I can see where it would be more difficult if a teacher was responsible for teaching multiple content areas.  At the same time, that teacher doesn't have to be the the information source for all the students, time is just the factor.  
    • moodyh
       
      That's interesting.  I think PLEs would be easier to manage in multiple content areas because they would have to be working on their own thing.  The environment is really suited for it.
  • subscribe to news feeds and blogs, discern the value of social bookmarks, and set up the aggregator to manage all the Internet resources.
    • spfantz
       
      Subscribing to news feeds and blogs would be a great technique to compare and contrast views related to the students' topics of interest. This could be difficult for the teacher to monitor, digo might be a great way to track this!
    • jroffman
       
      This is what I am trying to develop in my preschool class room where the students are in charge of their own learning, and I am more of a resource. What I struggle with is classroom management, I feel like all of the students are demanding my attention and I can't help everyone. 
    • edamisch
       
      Sometimes it is hard to fathom the classroom management of a PLE of 12-22 students, which is what I currently have, let alone 30+ like many districts have.  
    • nwhipple
       
      Having your students be more independent is wonderful.  This past year I did less large group instruction and more small groups.  I taught my kindergarten students "Ask 3 before me".  They had to ask 3 people for help or what we were doing before coming to me.  When they came to me, especially when i was working with my small group, I asked them "did you ask 3 before me?".  If they didn't, they would just turn around and go find something.  This is a start for having your students become more independent.  BY creating a PLE for young students, they feel more in control of their learning too.  If you, the teacher, set it up and give them access to a variety of things to do, they will enjoy what they are doing and feel they are making "their own choices".  
  • Personal learning environments are beneficial because they support learning anywhere and allow learners to connect the diverse environments of school, home and play. Students can extend their learning into questions to parents, email conversations, Facebook posts or even twitter hashtags.
    • jroffman
       
      I don't want to sound negative in my post here because I really am all for personalized learning. I wonder how we can get administration on board with us. I struggle with old school administration who tell me as a teacher that I can not use my phone during the day, that I can not use facebook, and about passed out when they realized that parents text me, questions and changes in their child's schedule. I did have a secret facebook page and it was wonderful I would use it to include parents with our studies. 
    • Alison Ruebel
       
      Good point. I agree with your post. It is hard to get some administrators going along with this new idea of personalized learning. Even at my other school I taught at Facebook and some other social networking sites were blocked. I like the idea of having a Facebook page with parents and students to keep parents informed with stuff going on at school, and also a way for students to post and communicate with parents and classmates. I think these social websites are necessary in schools, but the big question is how do we get teachers and administration to go for it? 
    • Kristina Dvorak
       
      Our District has blocked a lot of the social sites as well, it comes from the upper levels of administration and not our building admin.  I think they tend to be out of touch with the possibilities and fear the unknown.   It would be great to use Facebook for connecting with parents and students.  The alternative given to us is Canvas in which parents have access to teachers.  But it isn't as easy or convenient as Facebook.  That is certainly one site I wish we could use at work.   I do like the idea of personalized learning environments, especially the concept of students seeking knowledge that is useful for them!  This appears to be the best way to create life-long learners!
    • edamisch
       
      Facebook is blocked at my school as well, which is a shame since it'd be a way to create an immersion like setting in my Spanish classroom.  If I see something cool on the site that related to class, such as photos from a friend's time in Panama with the Peace Corps, I turn the wifi off on my phone so that Facebook will work, and just walk around the class showing kids, which is risky, I know.  I'm sure there is a cord that I could connect from my phone to SmartBoard to make this more feasible.  I should probably get a separate teacher facebook page for things like this.  Some of the articles that pop up in my feed from magazines like Women's Health are not school appropriate!  
  • Students engaging in networked learning have to learn to be more self-directed than in the typical classroom… they are required to take a more active role in the learning process
    • jroffman
       
      by teaching students how to be self learners and how to be active in the learning process I think that as kids and adults these students will want to be life long learners and not someone who only does it because they have to. Or worse yet lets everyone else do it for them. I love the independence PLE classrooms create
    • Jessica Athen
       
      I see so many students who do not understand how to play an active role in their learning because they have been conditioned to rely on the teacher. Many students get very anxious and really don't know what to do when they are asked to complete self-directed activities. I think PLE will provide students with the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning, which will help them throughout their lives.
  • Personal Learning Environments (PLE) are not to be confused with Learning Management Systems (LMS) that are implemented and maintained by institutions.
    • Alison Ruebel
       
      This is very important! I see the (LMS) approach in our school and in many other schools. I feel like it wouldn't be hard to confuse (LMS and PLE) these different approaches, because they seem so different. The chart gave a good outline of how different they are compared to each other. 
    • Kristina Dvorak
       
      The chart is helpful in understanding the differences.  The LMS could also be a tool in a student's PLE.  
    • edamisch
       
      Agreed, charts and lists make learning so much easier than paragraphs, at least for me. 
  • continue to collect feedback from students on how this learning tool is working for them and how they are using it for themselves as well as within their groups–I’m excited to see what will happen.  I may also informally introduce Symbaloo to some of last year’s Media 21 students and get their feedback on how they think Symbaloo compares to Netvibes and what their preferences are as students.   In the meantime, I’ve created
    • Alison Ruebel
       
      I like the idea of getting student feedback on technology and the use of different resources. You can really learn student interest and their honest opinions through surveys or different forms of feedback. 
  • It’s easy to use A learner can pull information that’s personally useful to him/her Learners can personalize tiles to make them easy to spot Learners can add to, and draw from, a community of webmixes Interactivity + personalization = fun
    • Alison Ruebel
       
      These look like awesome reasons why Symbaloo is a great learning tool for students. I can definitely see this resource being used in grades k-12. Although, for example, I teach 1st grade and I can see my students loving this, but they will need lots of guidance and modeling of how to set it up and use it to help them become independent with it. I can see once it's set up it would be awesome for students to have all of their favorite resources and sites all in one place! 
    • ascallon
       
      I like the idea of having research available at one spot.  So many times when I ask a student where he/she found the information, it cannot be located.  I want to see projects with more detail.  
    • ascallon
       
      I have a concern about distractions.  Students tend to use their phones and computers more for entertainment and chatting with friends over research and presentation.  
    • edamisch
       
      Agreed, a high school I taught at did not have locks on lockers, meaning kids brought their phones to class so that they wouldn't be stolen. Preventing snapchatting was difficult for me!  
    • marydermit
       
      I have experienced the same issues with my high schools students.  I may take a different approach based on one of the side articles that stated, "students are still learning while they are wasting time because they will see consequences are for late work."
  • “learning by doing” and “student as worker,”
    • ascallon
       
      I would like to have some strategies to help students having an understanding of the shift in learning for them to become more involved in their learning.  How do I motivate them to go beyond bookwork to exploring topics?
    • moodyh
       
      When you find the answer, please fill me in too!
    • nwhipple
       
      I feel this is a big struggle right now in our district.  Teachers are wanting their students to dig deep into a topic or their work.  Students are given choices but still only surface the top of the water, doing the bare minimum, when we want them to dive in and go to the bottom.  In my classroom, my students have a writing journal.  We write in this "special" journal once a week.  At the beginning of the year, I give them ideas to write about.  Some write while others will simply draw a picture because they don't know how to write.  By the middle of the year, every is writing something, whether it is a complete sentences or a few words.  I will give them a few choices to choose from or they can write about something they want to.  BY the end of the year, they know to take out their journals and write about anything they want.  I want my students to take control of their own learning and reflect back on their work over the year so by having this year long journal, they can see their progression and how they took control over their writing.  
  • Many students in the first class that tried Symbaloo today commented that they liked the clean, visual interface of Symbaloo and the ease of adding content; they also liked that they could customize the “tiles” they were adding and that their webmixes loaded quickly.
    • Kristina Dvorak
       
      With my limited experience with Symbaloo, I agree with the fact that it does seem easy add and customize content.  I think my students would find this to be a helpful tool.  I also like the idea of encouraging students to use it for tracking both personal and school related information.  
  • learning toward facilitation of students’ “active role in the learning process” and teachers’ provision of the right balance between structured lessons and autonomy; let’s never forget it is an ongoing balancing act.
    • Kristina Dvorak
       
      This is a good reminder.  Students need to take on a more active role, but there is always a good balance.  It probably shouldn't be all one way or all another way.  
    • principalchris
       
      How true!  It will be difficult for some students to lead their own learning.  They have been passive for so long it will be a shock to their systems.
  • a number of tiles to get you started,
    • edamisch
       
      So like the apps that come with an iphone. 
    • principalchris
       
      Just set up my account and can't wait to see what else I can add.  This is a great time saver.
  • teachers must pursue training and be knowledgeable of how to utilize PLEs to enhance learning and ensure that students are using this e-learning tool in a meaningful way.
    • Lisa Hackman
       
      I believe this is where the transformation must start, with good, consistent professional development. The key here is ensuring students are using the technology, whether that be a tablet, laptop, or smartphone, appropriately for learning.
    • marydermit
       
      I very much agree the process must start with PD.  PD needs to be personalized. From a baby boomer perspective we need mini PD sessions for technology applications.  Otherwise I think there will be resistance from this age group because of limited tech skills. 
  • I could stand to be more savvy in my own organizing of online learning and networking: I’ve been slow to use tools and develop skills for managing online resource
    • Lisa Hackman
       
      I can so relate to this comment. Finding time to explore and become comfortable with the vast array of tools avaiable is my biggest challenge. I get so caught up in the day-to-day management of 10+ students attending the alternative program (I am the only adult in the room with the students), I don't often have time to explore what's out there. Even when my admin and tech people pass along a list of resources, it is overwhelming to me. Much of my time is spent tracking down students, following up with parents, and documenting the events of the day.
    • Jessica Athen
       
      I also feel overwhelmed by all of the technology that I "should" be learning about and using with my students. We spend a lot of PD time on technology and incorporating it into our classrooms, but I feel like we just get a quick overview of whatever program they want us to use at that time, and then we never really get time to explore it and develop ways to incorporate it into our teaching.
    • jenniferlb
       
      I'm with you! There are so many cool resources and tech tools I want to learn and use...but actually finding the time to explore and implement is another story!
  • Teachers, she explains, are no longer the primary or even the best source of information available to students
    • Lisa Hackman
       
      As a teacher in a one-room alternative program, I KNOW this to be true. I feel like the jack-of-all trades, master of none on many days. I see myself more as a manager and facilitator of their learning than the direct source.
    • dwefel
       
      I always think this after I watch the history channel. I learn so much from the history channel and it is so much more interesting than listening to a lecture.
    • moodyh
       
      I am in a one-teacher room as well, and while I try to keep up, there is now way to know it all.  Even in the traditional classroom where I teach personal finance, I feel unable to keep up with it all.  But it is hard to let go of the reigns when you have taught that way and everyone else around you teaches that way.
  • I encouraged students to use their accounts as an information dashboard for “professional” or school interests as well as personal passions.
    • Jessica Athen
       
      I really like the idea of showing students how to use this technology and their learning for both "professional and personal use." I think when you tell students that it is "ok" for them to use technology this way, they learn more because they aren't compartmentalizing their usage of this technology as only for school, which means that they are more likely to use the program and play around with it, which will increase their learning opportunities.
  • This encourages students to apply their learning in different venues which creates a culture of lifelong learning.
    • dwefel
       
      This is exactly what educators are going for, to create life long learners. Using PLEs will create that. I am so excited to incorporate this in my classroom and help others do the same.
    • jillnovotny
       
      I completely agree with you that we want students to become life-long learners! When students leave school, we want students to be able to do seek out their own research, contacts, and resources to solve everyday problems. If students are never presented with opportunities to direct and manage their own learning, they will not be as successful. Giving students permission to learn about and engage with things they are passionate about can only lead to positive educational outcomes (with appropriate supports of course)!
  • For example, you can create tiles that link to challenges, quiz questions, polls, discussion forums, chat pages, and other types of content and media that will facilitate more student involvement and creativity.
    • dwefel
       
      This sounds fun. I am looking forward to set up an account. I think kids would really like this. It is nice to have one place for everything.
  • students still needed some kind of information dashboard to manage all of their information streams for the upcoming project.
    • jillnovotny
       
      I think it is a great idea to have a place for students to "store" the information they need to research and interact with their content. My students have used symbaloo in computer class and it has taken away a lot of the management concerns. Students know where to go to find the tools they need to keep progressing with their learning!
    • principalchris
       
      What a great idea!  When that notebook with all the notes is missing, it could be stored and used during class instead of searching or pretending to search.  Maybe we could teach them responsibility again!
  • PLEs give learners a high degree of control over their work by allowing them to customize the learning experience and connect to others, including experts in the field
    • jillnovotny
       
      This is exactly what we want - students to have a high degree of control over their work! By allowing them to customize the learning experience and connect with others, including experts, students are getting real-life experience that will help them solve the problems they face in their everyday lives. A PLE can help students organize this self-directed learning. Students will likely know what they want to learn but organizing that learning is often what students need support in. PLEs are helpful in providing students with tools they need to gather information, conduct research, and present their findings!
  • personalized learning that allows students to direct and manage their own learning experience while pursuing educational goals
    • jillnovotny
       
      In my opinion, this is exactly what we want students to be able to do! By supporting students in their academic endeavors, students learn to view teachers as guides or facilitators rather than "the one who knows all." In thinking about what we want students to be able to do when they leave school, we want students to be able to do seek out their own research, contacts, and resources to solve everyday problems. If students are never presented with opportunities to direct and manage their own learning, they will not be as successful!
    • marydermit
       
      You are right!  If students do not get to practice this skills by doing then they will struggle when they enter the workforce. 
  • The development of PLEs represents a shift in focus from teacher centered classrooms to more learner centered classrooms. As such, teachers must learn to effectively incorporate these social media based initiatives into their lessons.
    • jenniferlb
       
      This sounds absolutely ideal. The challenge we as educators face with students using their own technology during instruction and competing for their attention has steadily increased over recent years. How cool would it be if it were used to enhance their learning rather than get in the way of it!
    • katie50009
       
      I do have some concerns that a lot of the PLE is based on on-line learning. Students use technology constantly, but I have also seen them get frustrated with technology and on-line learning when it seems hard to navigate or they are not receiving adequate feedback.
  • The Symbaloo interface looks a bit like a high-tech Scrabble board with movable “tiles” on it. These tiles give you access to Web pages or other webmixes.
    • jenniferlb
       
      As someone completely new to this type of program, I really like the looks of it.  It appears friendly and seems to lend itself to some really great things.
  • What I do like about Symbaloo is that if I make any updates to this webmix, students receive the updates as well!
    • nwhipple
       
      This is really handy for parents as well.  I send them the link and they can access my web mix at home.  When I make an update, I alert parents via my shutterfly site.  Parents can go to my web mix and have their child show them games we are playing that reinforces our learning goals.  It is also nice because parents don't have to download anything or search for hours on something educational for their child to do because it is already done for them.
  • Because Symbaloo is web-based, you can access your favorite webmixes from different computers.
    • nwhipple
       
      This is so great because I can share this with parents and their child can access my game page at home.  If parents allow screen time at home, I feel that by providing this web mix to them to access will only benefit their child and help them learn and reinforce our learning in the classroom.  
  • The concept of PLE is not a way to replace classroom learning, but to enhance it.
    • principalchris
       
      This is the comment many teachers were hoping to read.  I understand the hesitation to give students control of the learning environment, but is it working by controlling them?
    • marydermit
       
      PLE research shows there are less behavior issues because kids get to learn based on their interests promoting intrinsic motivation to learn.  I think it would be great to teach in a PLE.  
  • Personal learning environments (PLE) are a new approach to personalized learning that allows students to direct and manage their own learning experience while pursuing educational goals. The idea for PLEs was born from the emergence of Web 2.0 tools and the ubiquity of technology in today’s society. Students now have access to desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game systems that connect them to free online tools that are always available. These tools provide a medium for students to create their own learning space that is more natural and unique to their interests and learning styles.
    • katie50009
       
      One of the key phrases here is "learning goals." I think we have to also explore how to help students define and establish learning goals for themselves. I am not sure they are always able to do this--at least in a way that is pushing and challenging what they already know or are able to do.
  • The social media platform that supports PLEs creates a perfect space for peer collaboration and sharing information.
    • katie50009
       
      I must remember that baby steps can get use to PLE for more students. It is overwhelming to think about changing the traditional model of education so many are used to until I read this line and take a deep breath. The sharing and conducting of "research" students are doing in individual leassons or units is a stgep in the right direction.
  • o horribly wrong if teachers fail to prepare students and set usage parameters.
    • katie50009
       
      I feel so much better reading this. I experienced this first hand. I thought my students were ready for the responsibility I was handing over; I thought I had set the "right" parameters, but, alas, the learning was not as rich as it could have been. In many cases, it turned out to be a huge waste of time. I still feel guilty about it. I guess the positive is that I am still trying to learn more about implementing PLE's effectively.
    • marydermit
       
      Yes, it is a positive because you learned from the experience.  Now you know what worked and what needs to be revised.  
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ol101-s2019: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 21 views

  • Understands and uses data from assessments to guide instruction
    • anonymous
       
      When we use this data to guide instruction, that means we should also use this data to change our coursework from section to section. It can be easy to forget to modify courses from one teaching to the next.
    • salterberg
       
      I agree, Amanda. And I also wanted to test out the comment feature of Diigo. I've never used this before.
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well
    • anonymous
       
      Copyright is always a tricky one - good thing it is covered well in the OLLIE series! :)
    • chriskyhl
       
      This is especially true in the world of social media and people not crediting others with posts/images and stealing them as their own
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • anonymous
       
      Being "present" online - as an instructor post comments, provide feedback, and be engaged with the students. Weekly announcements can also help students see the "human" side of the instructor.
    • vberge
       
      I have learned this through simple email conversations. I often have someone read/reread emails to make sure that I am interpreting it correctly or that what I am saying will be received the way it is intended. If students, in person or online, don't feel that they can approach the teacher, they often end up feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. if feedback isn't timely, the student can give up or do things incorrectly.
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  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused
    • salterberg
       
      In the facilitation course, I learned that collaboration is essential to learning, so this standard is a high priority
    • vberge
       
      Collaborative group work is very important in online courses. I may not be one that looks for this in a course that I take (I am often an independent learner), however the value of that interaction and possibly the challenges to an individual's thinking is important (especially for adult learners) to really grow and learn.
    • runindevil
       
      I believe collaborative learning should be done to a certain extent. I have had more students within the last couple of years opt for independent learning. I think they are tired of relying on others for their potential grade. So, how does this equate to online learning?
    • cararinehart
       
      Interesting statements, I teach science classes and collaboration falls easily into my curriculum; however, I feel like students either rely completely on their partner to be successful or the higher achieving partner gets tired of being the one to earn the grade too as mentioned above. I struggle with collaboration always being the answer. Competition is good too - its what got us to the moon.
    • mschutjer
       
      I like this idea and work to do this in my current classroom. I feel it may be even easier to accomplish in an online class.
  • Demonstrates competence in content knowledge (including technological knowledge)
    • salterberg
       
      It's critical that we as instructors know how to use the technology and can help our students learn how to use it. That's foundational for learning content and interacting with others in the course.
    • jdowler
       
      With technology changing so rapidly, we as instructors must work continuously to stay on top of all the new content that is being created.
  • Designs the structure of the course and the presentation of the content to best enhance student learning, including using unit/lesson overviews and reviews
    • salterberg
       
      I want my courses to be vibrant vehicles for learning, and the design is integral to that.
    • kmolitor
       
      After reading the article on access and equity I think this is very important as we design our courses to make sure we keep all students in mind.
  • (SREB C.3, Varvel VII.A)
    • salterberg
       
      I so agree with Amanda on this one, and I can't highlight the same one she does. (I wanted to test diigo to see if it would let me, and nope!) The teacher's commitment to the students and to creating a positive environment makes learning fun and engages students.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies
    • jennham
       
      This jumped out at me immediately as this is our next step in our PLC group for any of our 'power standards'. Next year we will be focusing heavily on using a Data Wall, as well as using common assessment data to drive instruction. We have spent the last two years deciding on our Power Standards and finding common assessments to utilize.
    • kmolitor
       
      It is so important to use data to make sure we are reaching our learners. This make me think of the Iowa Professional Development Model and how we use that to see what we need to work on and find ways to improve our instruction.
    • jdowler
       
      Our district also focuses heavily on common assessments among core subjects and benchmark assessments at the end of each unit.
    • tommuller4
       
      I think it is really important for every teacher to use data to make sure we are teaching all of the things we are supposed to be teaching. We are moving towards SBG in near future and I think this will be very important as we make that transition.
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners
    • jennham
       
      I find this to be vital as not every learner is going to be successful in the same ways as other online learners. It cannot be a 'one size fits all' model.
    • vberge
       
      This one is obviously very important and key to teaching in any format. I am curious what this looks like though. How does the teacher meet these needs. I can see where there needs to be certain accessibility things available on the student's computer. Is it the teacher's responsibility to point these out for the student, or is there a way to imbed these things in the course?
    • runindevil
       
      When the standard states: "different interests and backgrounds, and and students with special needs." Students that may be ELL or special needs, how does online learning adapt to those learners? I think if tough enough when you have them face to face in class, now that you don't see them, it sounds more complex!!
  • Creates or selects multiple assessment instruments that are appropriate for online learning
    • jennham
       
      I find this to be extremely important as in the past, any online assessments that I have seen have been multiple choice. It is very important to assess students using several different mediums that require higher order thinking skills along with memorization.
    • chriskyhl
       
      This is vital to present students multiple ways to show their learning. Can't expect all to perform in one way
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Providing multiple assessment types is imperative to meet the needs of all learners. Providing them a chance to show what they know if different ways helps us understand our students on a deeper level as well.
  • Demonstrates techniques for dealing with issues arising from inappropriate student technological use
    • jennham
       
      This one I find to be very important as I had this exact issue within the past week. I feel that it is important to handle these situations immediately while also allowing students to earn back privileges so that they may continue to learn and grow from their mistakes, as well as what they are meant to be learning online. Sometimes a bad choice can turn into a lasting memory for the better.
    • jdowler
       
      I think this standard is so crucial at all a academic levels and thankfully there are excellent tools out there to ensure students are acting responsibly such as Go Guardian.
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students
    • mgast40diigo
       
      Feedback is essential for students to improve. I need to do a better job of being more specific with my feedback instead of "Super Job!", or "See me!" and focus more on what specifically a student did or didn't do well on.
    • chriskyhl
       
      I agree on feedback. It's not easy to give specific and detailed feedback to students and still get them their work back in a timely manner.....one of my biggest struggles as a teacher
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Without feedback students will struggle to improve upon their understanding. Timely and constructive are important to the learning process so students know how to correct any misconceptions they may have, but done in a kind and effective way.
    • barbkfoster
       
      As educators we understand the importance of feedback - and more specifically TIMELY feedback. This is a challenge, though, in a typical teacher's day. I wonder if it will be easier - or harder - with an online course??
    • runindevil
       
      I agree with Barb, this could be very difficult! I deal daily with around 140 students, and to provide "timely feedback," would be most challenging
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • mgast40diigo
       
      This reminds me of a math class I took about when writing assessments make sure to think about how your students would answer a question. This allowed me to get rid of some questions and change some as well. It made me reflect on student understanding and my teaching practices.
  • Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional growth to improve practice
    • mgast40diigo
       
      It is so important for teachers to be life long learners. I enjoy researching strategies to use in the classroom and implementing them as soon as I can. Obviously some work well and some don't. The challenge of it excites me.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • mgast40diigo
       
      Feedback from students is critical for improving as a teacher. Even though it might not be what you want to hear, it will provide you with important ideas to improve for the future. I give evaluations periodically and they do help me improve my instruction.
    • jdowler
       
      Student feedback is so powerful. I use google forms to get feedback from my students quarterly. Also, I created a daily check in using google forms so students can ask for help or share problems they are having privately. It's been very successful.
    • Linda Carroll
       
      It's important to know the goal in advance!
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation (Varvel IV.A, ITS 3.b)
    • Linda Carroll
       
      It's important to know the goal in advance!
    • jdowler
       
      I love using screen castify for this. Course overviews should be as visual as possible.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently (SREB D.1, ITS 1.g)
    • Linda Carroll
       
      This is always critical, no matter the delivery of the content.
    • mschutjer
       
      I would love to find the perfect tool for increase social interaction. I feel I have a good mix, but would like to increase my students' ability to do more literature, both reading and writing, interactions.
  • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs required in online education to improve learning and teaching, including course management software
    • Linda Carroll
       
      This is and will always be a learning curve as new programs, platforms, apps, etc. are always being developed.
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies (SREB B.5)
    • Linda Carroll
       
      This should be the goal of every educator! I would argue that the issue is time....which is something that educators (probably everyone) always struggle to find and/or complain that they don't have enough of it!
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • kmolitor
       
      I like the idea of networking with others in your particular area of education. Having a group of people who teach the same content can be helpful when you need help or suggestions as well as you being able to offer help or suggestions. I know I really appreciate the library network I am a part of.
    • chriskyhl
       
      Going from a large school with 8 teachers in my subject area to a smaller only 3 this is one of the things I miss the most is the networking. We don't take the time to do this if we don't have access to it immediately like we should
    • runindevil
       
      This can "sky the limit." Students can interact with different cultures, different environments, and formulate different ideas throughtout the world.
    • meinca92
       
      Making connections with other online instructors will require conscious effort and commitment. Teachers in general can be very isolated in their own classrooms, and I imagine this is even more of an issue for online instructors, particularly those who work in isolation.
  • Aligns assessment with course objectives
    • kmolitor
       
      This seems like it should not have to be spelled out, but it is critical that our assessments align with our objectives. If there is no connection between the two the assessment is not valuable at all.
    • cararinehart
       
      Sometimes this seems easier than it is - I've taught lessons that didn't line up directly with the assessment! Then I look back and realized that I didn't explicitly explain what I was thinking that the students should know/need to know.
    • tommuller4
       
      Its important to assess over things that are important to the class. You really shouldn't assess things that are not important to class content. If its not hitting a standard or has some direct connection to the class you shouldn't be assessing it.
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core (Varvel I.A, ITS 1.f, ITS 3.a)
    • nealjulie
       
      I think I need to share this with my admin to make sure we are following these guidelines! :/ This would be great for our teachers to follow and make sure we are creating an online course that meets the states expectations.
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
  • Provides and communicates evidence of learning and course data to students and colleagues (SREB J.6, ITS 1.a)
    • nealjulie
       
      This is important for all learning face to face and blended learning. I would think we would need to be very cognitive on how we set this up as teachers to make sure we are providing descriptive feedback for our students' learning.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • nealjulie
       
      This is true for any course as well. Taking this course there are so many ways to engage students with online learning that all teachers need to be aware of to create an engaging online learning atmosphere.
  • emonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies (SREB B.5)
    • nealjulie
       
      I see the need in a continuous professional learning with creating online learning. Teachers need to be educated on the varied of technology they can implement in their online courses and also keep updated on new technology that is out there to use as well.
  • Understands the differences between teaching online and teaching face-to-face
    • vberge
       
      This stands out to me. If you are a good/great face to face teacher, that does not mean that you will be effective at teaching online. The content may be the same, but the delivery, expectations, interactions, etc. are different.
  • • Meets the professional teaching standards established by a state-licensing agency, or has the academic credentials in the field in which he or she is teaching
    • jdowler
       
      I think that there is a perception out there that having taught in the classroom makes one automatically qualified to teach online and this is not the case. Online teaching really is different and should have it's own set of teaching standards.
  • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a)
    • jdowler
       
      Just the nature of technology lends itself to multiple opportunities for collaboration such as we are engaging in right now.
    • barbkfoster
       
      To learn students need to interact not only with the content, but with the teacher and other students. As an online teacher we need to create many opportunities for all three.
  • Establishes standards for student behavior that are designed to ensure academic integrity and appropriate use of the internet and written communication (SREB E.2)
    • jdowler
       
      Students will have issues with this as they begin using technology more often. At the middle school we use Go Guardian to monitor and control what students are doing in school and at home.
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
    • jdowler
       
      This is so much easier now with great tools such as screen castify and Zoom.
    • cararinehart
       
      I'm taking the OLLIE course to increase my comfort level with tools such as Diigo and screen castify. Super uncomfortable, feel like I'm in Kindergarten again - haha
  • Communicates assessment criteria and standards to students, including rubrics for student performances and participation
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • chriskyhl
       
      Sometimes teachers get caught up in the use of technology and it turns projects/ideas into busy work and more the struggle of the technology and not supplementing the learning as intended (GUILTY OF THIS MYSELF)
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Using technology appropriately is so important. Using it just to use it does not enhance anybody's learning nor does it make for effective instruction.
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught and understands how to teach the content to students
    • chriskyhl
       
      Vitally important and sometimes overlooked in some settings. Used to work in a school where they only had one certified teacher (a special education teacher) and two other aids in charge of over 50 students in close to a 100 different courses. How can we expect a teacher to be the expert in all these areas?
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning
    • chriskyhl
       
      Is what we are asking students to do vital to learning the material or just simply filler that can cause students to lose interest or ambition
  • Has knowledge of and informs student of their rights to privacy and the conditions under which their work may be shared with others
    • annott
       
      I need to do a better job of going over student rights to privacy, will have to make a note of this when planning online learning.
    • meinca92
       
      I think ethical use of intellectual property should be a major concern of all teachers, but in an online environment, it needs to be even more explicitly addressed.
  • Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory
    • annott
       
      This makes me wonder how we can assess this part. Knowing where each student is developmentally can be difficult without data.
  • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict (Varvel VII.D, ITS 6.e)
    • cbangert
       
      Just like in the classroom, it's important for online teachers to create a safe online learning environment, by getting to know students, communicating clear expectations, and addressing individual needs.
    • tommuller4
       
      Its important for students to feel safe when working or responding to other students questions online. Also lets students know that it is ok to have different opinions from classmates and that is ok.
  • Sets and models clear expectations for appropriate behavior and proper interaction (SREB D.6,
    • cbangert
       
      Critical to establish this early, and set clear expectations for appropriate behavior for online discussions/interactions.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      This stands out because without a check for understanding and feedback from students, it is hard to improve our instruction.
  • Provides opportunities that enable student self-assessment and pre-assessment within courses
    • Kendra Carlson
       
      Giving students the opportunity to self-reflect provides greater feedback and perspective on their learning for the instructor. Reflection and self-assessment also provides another layer of accountability and ownership for the learner. Pre-assessment will help guide instruction to best meet the needs of the students.
    • meinca92
       
      Based on the article about online student learning styles, this aspect is essential for helping students be successful in an online course. Since the primary means of communication with all students is what is posted, those materials have to be very clear about assessment expectations.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation (Varvel IV.A, ITS 3.b)
    • barbkfoster
       
      Communicating learning outcomes ties in directly with our district's SBL initiative
    • tommuller4
       
      I think students should be made aware of what the learning goals are for the day/week/unit. Lets them really focus in on what we as the teacher feel is important for them to know.
    • mschutjer
       
      I feel this would be hard for me to have a total year or half a year planned to push out to a online class. This is a great idea would just be a challenge for me.
  • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • barbkfoster
       
      Online courses are no different that face-to-face courses - teachers need to engage students for learning to take place. The days of sit-and-get are gone.
  • Demonstrates ethical conduct as defined by state law and local policies or procedures
  • using appropriate visual web design techniques
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning
    • meinca92
       
      This seems to be especially important to be able to provide content in a variety of modalities, but it also suggests that the instructor will need to develop effective skills in this area. That part seems a little daunting, especially in a world where apps come and go or change from free to fee-based.
  • Identifies and communicates learning outcomes and expectations through a course overview/orientation
    • robertsreads
       
      It is of the utmost importance that an online educator communicates the standards and expectations to their students up front in a clear and concise manner. ~K. Roberts (sorry- I had this set to private)
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students
    • robertsreads
       
      Just as in a Face-to-face classroom, online educators need to be aware of students' needs and backgrounds. They must create an environment where students are willing to share those needs. ~K. Roberts (sorry- I had this set to private)
  • available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • robertsreads
       
      I think this might be the most important part of being a successful online teacher. Students must feel comfortable coming to/contacting their instructor, and instructors must make sure to come across as approachable and available. ~K. Roberts (Sorry- I had this set to private)
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student
    • robertsreads
       
      I think it is difficult for an online teacher to understand the ups and downs of online learning, as well as the student perspective, if they have never taken an online class themselves. ~K. Roberts (sorry- I had this set to private)
  • • Creates a learning community that encourages collaboration and interaction, including student-teacher, student-student, and student-content (SREB D.2, Varvel VII.B, ITS 6.a)
    • lissward
       
      This, to me, is critical in any sort of online course. The opportunities for rich collaboration and conversation between student and teacher, and students and their peers is incredible and so much of the power of the course would be lost without this!
  • • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners (SREB C.7, Varvel V.H, ITS 4.c)
    • lissward
       
      As an educator who works with English Learners, this stuck out to me as essential. Special considerations will need to be taken when working with language learners or students with special needs in online courses. Things such as reading level, ability to communication in writing, and background knowledge will need to be carefully considered by the instructor when designing instruction.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies (SREB J.7, ITS 1.c)
    • lissward
       
      I think this is one of the most important components of standard number one. It is absolutely critical that all instructional decisions are supported by data and that teachers are collecting the CORRECT data to help inform these decisions. I know this has been a big mind shift in my district.
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E)
    • lissward
       
      This is one thing I really appreciate about this course-the opportunity to experience online learning as a student. It only makes sense, we all have had the experience of being in a face-to-face classroom before we set foot in the classroom as a traditional teacher. Why wouldn't we require the same for online instructors? I like that this gives me perspective and empathy for future online students.
  • Continuously uses data to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional strategies (SREB J.7, ITS 1.c)
  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment
    • rhoadsb_
       
      This will be important for developing a quality course
  • Knows and aligns instruction to the achievement goals of the local agency and the state, such as with the Iowa Core (Varvel I.A, ITS 1.f, ITS 3.a)
    • rhoadsb_
       
      It is important that your course is aligned with the standards.
  • Communicates with students effectively and consistently
    • kylelehman
       
      Always important in a teaching situation but maybe even more important in an online class. The students need to know where you stand and what needs to be done as well as who to go to for questions. The communication is key for all those moving parts to work together.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere
    • kylelehman
       
      Obviously, if you expect your students to be active and present, you should be too. This is not only good for building camaraderie but also building support and allowing them to know who to go to if they have questions. Building relationships isn't just for face-to-face rooms.
  • • Understands student motivation and uses techniques to engage students (Varvel V.D, ITS 4.d)
    • kylelehman
       
      I think this is a really big idea when you are thinking of teaching courses for high schoolers that may lack that motivation. Changing up different methods and things like that help to keep them motivated to continue in the course.
  • Demonstrates growth in technology knowledge and skills in order to stay current with emerging technologies
    • kylelehman
       
      I like this one a lot. I think that a lot of teachers do these things in the classroom (building skills, scaffolding, etc) but then sometimes lose that ability a little bit in the online platform.
Kim Foley-Sharp

ollie1 (Peterman): Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 21 views

  • 2. Demonstrates competence in content knowledge (including technological knowledge)
    • krcouch
       
      I feel that this is important that you know the content you are teaching and able to do what you are teaching. I do feel that you should also be willing to learn new things if needed.
    • theatregoddess
       
      I struggle with technology sometimes because it changes constantly :-)
    • dykstras
       
      Constantly changing is right! Technology is the ultimate 'life-long learner' example!
    • Kim Foley-Sharp
       
      Constant learning is the key word. When it comes to technology you have to be in the constant learning mode or you will not keep pace!
  • 2. Demonstrates competence in content knowledge (including technological knowledge)
  • • Has knowledge of learning theory appropriate to online learning, which may include (but is not limited to) age and ability level, multiple intelligences, didactic conversation, student developmental influences, constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, connectivism, and group theory (Varvel V.A)
    • Mike Radue
       
      This is a healthy reminder of the why and the how we do what we do. Pedagogy is not only interesting but essential to effective teaching. Much thought should go into the nuances of online learning and how activities and interactions should be structured to capitalize on and enrich learning.
    • aricriede
       
      This is an issue that I see with my the teachers I am currently coaching. Developing lessons that are age and ability level appropriate can assists with many other issues that arise in a classroom because it will keep the students constantly engaged.
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  • 6. Incorporates social aspects into the teaching and learning process, creating a community of learners (ITS 6)
    • Mike Radue
       
      I think the core of good teaching is relationship and community building. This is an essential component to facilitating rich learning experiences for traditional and online students alike. in particular, I feel being approachable and interactive are especially important when evaluating a learning environment.
    • saladinoj
       
      This standard is so helpful and it does help build relationships
    • dassom
       
      In the future if/when we start creating online learning opportunities for the staff it will be nice for teacher in the same building to talk about the class they are taking. We are getting that kind of experience with us all being in the same cohort.
  • Has experienced online learning from the perspective of a student (SREB F.1, Varvel II.E)
    • krcouch
       
      Once again experiences help us deliver good instruction. So if we are taking classes and learning we in turn become better teachers and know what struggles may happen or what worked and what didn't
    • jlchrstn
       
      Up until this course, I honestly had no idea how difficult it was to do everything for a course on the computer. Despite being very tech savy, I find myself somewhat challenged to manage the different windows required.
  • Designs the structure of the course and the presentation of the content to best enhance student learning
  • Tailors instruction to meet the different needs of students, including different learning styles, different interests and backgrounds, and students with special needs or whom are language learners (SREB C.7, Varvel V.H, ITS 4.c)
    • saladinoj
       
      I really don't understand how you can adjust for different learning styles and abilities--its the same assignments for all unless you create online course that has different levels of abilities
    • blockerl
       
      I think you could start by offering choice. If a student has to discuss theme in a story, their products could be an essay, a video, a Presentation, or something else. Additionally, you could create different assignments for different students if they need it. An online course would be an easy way to make that happen since students aren't necessarily seeing what their peers are producing. I know Google Classroom just made it available to provide assignments to specific students. I would imagine Moodle can do the same thing.
  • Creates a safe environment, managing conflict
    • aricriede
       
      Working both in a school setting and outside of the schools, I see this as a standard that should come at or near the top of most instructors lists. I want my students to have an environment that they feel safe and want to come learn. I want my students to feel that instructors genuinely care for our students and want the best for each of them.
  • Utilizes a course evaluation and student feedback data to improve the course
    • aricriede
       
      I love to give students a voice in their classroom. It can be something as big as classroom rules and expectations to something as small as a choice of what to do next from teacher selected activities, and anything in between. Giving students a voice will give them some ownership of the class and give them a reason to want to keep coming back.
    • saladinoj
       
      I need to do this because I get set in my ways and need to find out what the students would like to learn in my classes.
    • emmeyer
       
      Agreed! This is a very important, even though you may get feedback that is difficult to read. It is extremely helpful in knowing what is most effective from those that are actually completing the assignments. When students have a voice it makes it more meaningful and more effective.
  • • Establishes standards for student behavior that are designed to ensure academic integrity and appropriate use of the internet and written communication (SREB E.2)
    • saladinoj
       
      This is a good introduction for new students. A lot of people think netiquette is understood by everyone but some people have never been informed about proper online communication
  • University of Illinois
    • dykstras
       
      ILL-INI! Love that Iowa's Teaching Standards come from the great state (and University) of Illinois :-)
    • dassom
       
      ME 2!
  • Networks with others involved in online education for the purpose of professional growth
    • dykstras
       
      This is why I love my fellow TILTS ... and OLLIE classmates! Networking is critical for a guy like me
    • Kim Foley-Sharp
       
      Networking takes on a whole new meaning in education, especially at the HS level. We no longer can teach in isolation. We have to work not only with our colleagues, but also the community. This includes businesses and agencies that can help us to produce well rounded students for their workforce.
  • • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students (SREB D.8, Varvel VI.F, ITS 5.e)
    • tifinif
       
      I think this is so important when it comes to having student complete assignments online. In a face to face classroom communication can be easy, quick and personable. As educators we can't loose site of this when the class and assignments are online. We have to still find ways to connect and let our students know that we may not be face to face but we still care about their learning.
    • Kim Foley-Sharp
       
      This is just as important as timely feedback in a traditional classroom course! When the instructor is not face to face with the students it is sometimes harder to know what the next step might be, without the feedback from the previous assignment or feedback on a discussion board.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Jen Van Fleet
       
      I think there is a two-fold situation brewing here. On one end of the spectrum, we have teachers who are happy to explore lots of ways to use digital tools and processes. We see a lot of app and extension requests come in from "these kinds of people". After a while, the district has started to take a stance and wants a way to filter out the requests to the essential ones. It's a slippery slope, however, because no one has definitively decided what is essential, and even if they had, it could change overnight. On the other side of the spectrum, you have teaches who are overwhelmed by all the choices, and so they select none. They would prefer that someone tell them "THIS one" when choosing the right tool for the right job. I believe there is happy medium in the middle where vetted tools are supported. Not quite there yet. It's a bit of a jungle.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning (SREB M.3, Varvel IV.D, ITS 3.e, ITS 4.f)
    • tifinif
       
      I feel that is standard is so important because at an elementary level we have a wide range of abilities. Its nice to have websites and technology that is appropriate for a kindergarten student vs a 5th grader.
  • Selects and uses technologies appropriate to the content that enhance learning
    • Jen Van Fleet
       
      I think there is a two-fold situation brewing here. On one end of the spectrum, we have teachers who are happy to explore lots of ways to use digital tools and processes. We see a lot of app and extension requests come in from "these kinds of people". After a while, the district has started to take a stance and wants a way to filter out the requests to the essential ones. It's a slippery slope, however, because no one has definitively decided what is essential, and even if they had, it could change overnight. On the other side of the spectrum, you have teaches who are overwhelmed by all the choices, and so they select none. They would prefer that someone tell them "THIS one" when choosing the right tool for the right job. I believe there is happy medium in the middle where vetted tools are supported. Not quite there yet. It's a bit of a jungle.
  • a variety of assessments
    • Jen Van Fleet
       
      Another vision for down the road is an accessible repository for high quality assessment items linked to standards which could be pulled while our collaborative teacher teams start to build their common formative assessments.
  • Maintains an online social presence that is available, approachable, positive, interactive, and sincere (SREB C.3, Varvel VII.A)
    • blockerl
       
      I think this is especially important because it is hard to be sincere in an electronic space. I love when teachers introduce themselves. I need the personal touch to be more invested in the coursework. Students will need that, too.
  • Knows the content of the subject to be taught and understands how to teach the content to students
  • Assists students with technology used in the course (Varvel III.C)
  • Understands and uses course content that complies with intellectual property rights and fair use, and assists students in complying as well
    • Kim Foley-Sharp
       
      This is so critical as we move to even more online content for classes. We need to teach our students to give credit where credit is due.
  • Promotes learning through online collaboration group work that is goal-oriented and focused
    • hansenn
       
      I think the first part of this goal is easier to meet now with cloud based programs like G-suite products, but it can be challenging to have middle students to stick to working together to reach a learning goal.
  • current with emerging technologies
    • hansenn
       
      I think it is extremely difficult to stay current on all of the technology tools. There are the new tech tools and then the others are continually being updated. We seem to have certain leaders who are know about certain products. We all know who to ask about Google Calendar. moodle-Iowa
    • emmeyer
       
      I definitely agree with this!! I used to think that I was good with technology and doing well with new things until we went to ISTE last summer! That, along with these classes has really showed me how much I really don't know!
  • Demonstrates competence in planning, designing, and incorporating instructional strategies
    • Heather Whitman
       
      I strongly believe this is the most essential part. It is the understanding of the big picture (Understanding by Design concepts from the late 90's), assessment, and how are we going to get there is the key to any teaching. This front loading, upfront planning, and focus on the big picture will ensure more learning. It is planned and not rushed. You will always need to adjust, and the moodle allows ample ways to adjust instruction as the students need it. Technology or no technology, this is the heart of teaching.
  • Provides opportunities that enable student self-assessment and pre-assessment within courses (SREB K, Varvel VI.I, ITS 5.d
    • Heather Whitman
       
      I really struggled which to pick out as being most essential in the 2nd area and I went between self assessment and the ability to differentiate with all learners. I decided to go with the self-assessment and pre-assessment. Hattie studied thousands and thousands of strategies and found the number one way to improve learning is through reflection- knowing where I am, setting goals, and reflecting along the way. This is the nice part with online learning as it forces all students to be transparent and not blend in with the class and not engage. With solid planning for a variety of abilities in the classroom, good assessment & feedback, and constant reflection, we should see improvement in learning.
    • Nancy Peterman
       
      This is a demonstration note
  • 2. Demonstrates competence in content knowledge (including technological knowledge) appropriate to the instructional position (ITS 2)
    • jwalt15
       
      I feel this is essential because an online teacher should possess the content and technological knowledge necessary to design and implement coursework. If they don't know how to navigate and utilize the technology then they shouldn't be teaching online.
  • Selects and understands how to evaluate learning materials and resources that align with the context and enhance learning (SREB C.15, SREB M.4, Varvel IV.C, ITS 3.e, ITS 4.f)
    • jwalt15
       
      I feel this is an essential standard because learning materials and resources are the foundation of any course whether it is online or face-to-face. Instructors need to know how to select and evaluate the materials that they will use to teach others. It is the core of any instruction.
  • • Is knowledgeable and has the ability to use computer programs required in online education to improve learning and teaching, including course management software (CMS) and synchronous/asynchronous communication tools (chat, email, web 2.0, videoconferencing, webinar, whiteboard, etc.) (SREB B.3, Varvel III.B)
    • jlchrstn
       
      This class is a great resource for starting to learn how to use these tools. I am curious as to how long one would have to use these tools to be confident in being able to also require students to use them. I certainly see them as a great resource, but to what extent would teaching students how to use the tools overshadow the learning that is to take place about the actual content for which the tool is being used?
  • • Communicates with students effectively and consistently (SREB D.1, ITS 1.g)
    • jlchrstn
       
      The ability for students and teachers to communicate is perhaps one of the greatest benefits for online learning. In what other educational setting does a student have the opportunity to freely communicate with the instructor about a vareity of topics without the presence of their peers.
  • Provides opportunities that enable student self-assessment and pre-assessment within courses
    • christymccarthy
       
      Self-assessment are not very helpful because the user often does not answer the questions truthfully.
  • Incorporates social aspects into the teaching and learning process, creating a community of learners
    • christymccarthy
       
      Joan Walton has helped me with this class. the student-student interaction has help me with this learning process.
  • • Establishes standards for student behavior that are designed to ensure academic integrity and appropriate use of the internet and written communication (SREB E.2)
    • Kim Foley-Sharp
       
      This is a critical piece. It has to start not only at home, but at the lower elementary and be consistent throughout a childs k-12 life. We also need to have consequences in place if students do not follow the guidelines. That is all part of the learning process, but cannot be a repeat continuously.
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  • As such, teachers must learn to effectively incorporate these social media based initiatives into their lessons.
    • agoeser
       
      I'm curious as to how many teachers are on board to incorporate this into their lesson. Are teachers embracing this or seeing it as a lot of work for them to get it structured?
    • crystalseier
       
      I think many teachers are nervous about handing over all of the responsibility of learning to students and computers, but I think technology is best utilized when paired with what is already happening in an engaging student-centered classroom.
  • Students loved the ability to personalize their Netvibes portals (themes, templates, layouts) as well as the pre-existing widgets available in Netvibes; they also liked that they could pretty much embed any kind of content in a way that the content really lived on their pages.
    • agoeser
       
      I could see why this would really appeal to a student. If you have to read a book that is basically all beige, it becomes boring real quick. If a student is able to take technology and use the colors they like, put in the themes that interest them, I could see why students would want to engage in learning. They created something that they are interested in. From there, the sky is the limit!
  • students had to subscribe to news feeds and blogs, discern the value of social bookmarks, and set up the aggregator to manage all the Internet resources.
    • agoeser
       
      Is anyone else concerned that students seem to be always plugged in? Between computers, cell phones, iPads, video games, etc, kids/teens are always staring at a screen. Any concerns?
    • christopherrush
       
      That is a concern I have as well. We seem to lament the fact kids just get together and scroll on their phones at restaurants or whatever, but somehow it is okay for the classroom now? I'm confused by that as well.
    • cgerbracht
       
      I also have concerns regarding student's technology use. I teach first grade and I have seen a huge change in students' social an coping skills that I think is due in part to constant technology use. My students who are nearly "addicted" to technology have the most difficulty. I think it is important to remember that kids/ people still need human interaction.
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  • Students engaging in networked learning have to learn to be more self-directed than in the typical classroom… they are required to take a more active role in the learning process. Teachers are challenged to provide the appropriate balance between structured lessons and learner autonomy in order to facilitate self-directed learning.
    • agoeser
       
      After reading this article, it got me wondering about two things...in the future, will some students be able to stay at home a few days of the week instead of going to school? Also, if a teacher implements this and calls in sick, is there a need for a sub? Think of the money a school could save on subs.
    • jessicamotto
       
      I agree, what is the need of school or classrooms if this can all be done on computers at the student's own pace?
    • bennettfr
       
      I think an important aspect of the educational system isn't just learning information, but also about learning to socialize, how to make friends, how to get along with others. I don't think you can teach those skills without face to face interactions. Maybe those skills could be taught by other means, but also parents need/want their children to go to school, so they don't have to pay someone to take care of them, while they work.
    • mriniker
       
      I think teaching them to be self-directed in their learning is important. This is a life skill. We want an autonomous learning environment but also our students to have a growth mindset, be gritty. It is about finding a balance but teacher guidance is still necessary, we are an important part of their support.
    • cgerbracht
       
      While computerized learning programs do offer great opportunities for students, I don't think teachers can ever be eliminated from teaching/ learning. Not all skills lend themselves well to computerized learning. Also, students need multiple experiences with material to fully master and for the students that need interaction to learn, computers will not be the answer. Lastly, children need to learn social skills and computerized learning at home will not help them learn that.
  • Students now have access to desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game systems that connect them to free online tools that are always available.
    • jessicamotto
       
      Here is my problem. as a teacher in a district in need, not all students have this technology available tomake this happen.
    • aaronpals
       
      This is still an issue for many districts, even the more 'affluent" districts have pockets of need that are difficult to navigate when it comes to internet based activities.
    • ashleyteunissen
       
      I realize that many students have access to these devices, and there are great resources for learning on these, but they are also rich with distractions to learning.  I struggle with my own children in this area, I have to MAKE them use the learning apps, because if I don't they will wander to Youtube.  
    • mriniker
       
      Although many students have access to these tools not all districts/ students do. This creates a gap in student opportunities, learning, and success. Until this year I did not have access to 1-1 computers. This has changed my classroom a great deal and lends to far more opportunities in the past. Also not all students necessarily have these resources or internet at home. Working in a rural community and with mostly at-risk students this is a concern.
  • Many students in the first class that tried Symbaloo today commented that they liked the clean, visual interface of Symbaloo and the ease of adding content; they also liked that they could customize the “tiles” they were adding and that their webmixes loaded quickly.
    • jessicamotto
       
      This all sounds very exciting and I hope this course enables me to use this technology in the classroom. With a little, or maybe a lot, I hope to be successful/
  • When you register to use Symbaloo, you gain access to a slick user interface that allows you to create webmixes of your favorite Web sites
    • jessicamotto
       
      The examples show a huge variety of Web sites. What if a student isn't familiar with more than a few sites, wouldn't they be handicapped?
    • ashleyteunissen
       
      Seems to me that this tool will take practice to learn how to really use it and utilize it's features.  I had never heard of it until now, and looking it over seems like it could be useful, but takes time to get used to it.
    • mriniker
       
      Jessica, Since we can create more than one webmix I think it would be feasible to have another webmix for these students. Those who can handle the resources could have a larger mix, those who need a simplified version could have another with the important websites. Although it shows a large variety we are ultimately in charge of how vast we want it to be for our students.
  • Teachers, she explains, are no longer the primary or even the best source of information available to students, and our work must increasingly attend to supporting students in developing their skills and motivations for becoming themselves networked and sophisticated online learners.
    • bennettfr
       
      Although I agree that teachers are no longer the primary or even the best source of information available, I fear that many students are so accustom to being spoon fed information, they view learning as a spectator rather than as an active participant in the process.
    • cgerbracht
       
      Students often want to "ask Google", which I personally encourage. However, they aren't able to critically examine a source yet. Many adults also cannot examine sources well. This is an important piece missing from education.
  • Instead of a teacher providing resources that everyone uses, students can utilize their PLE to acquire information using preferred apps and resources such as blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, Ning or Delicious.
    • anonymous
       
      In many cases don't teachers (especially in elementary school) still need to provide these tools? Or at least introduce them and be knowledgable about them as students gain access to them?
  • Students can extend their learning into questions to parents, email conversations, Facebook posts or even twitter hashtags.
    • anonymous
       
      Building in that home to school connection as well as creating a platform that parents can be involved in is really spectacular!
  • I decided to create a base information dashboard
    • anonymous
       
      This idea I love! I can really see this as a user friendly way to incorporate PLEs to existing classroom research and projects.
  • learning toward facilitation of students’ “active role in the learning process” and teachers’ provision of the right balance between structured lesso
    • anonymous
       
      This is kind of what I've been looking to hear. In much of this reading about personalized learning I think about a group of 28 elementary aged students and think- "oh my gosh how could some of them ever do this!" The fact is young children still need to learn how to use these tools, process information from them, and then use it to demonstrate their understanding. It is good to hear that teachers are still necessary for the role and students are not completely on their own in their learning! There is a balance.
  • The social media platform that supports PLEs creates a perfect space for peer collaboration and sharing information.
    • crystalseier
       
      This is an area I would like to do some practice with my students in. Collaboration plays a big role in my classroom but we haven't done much with online peer collaboration aside from Google Docs. I would be interested to see some examples of how other teachers incorporate collaboration with online resources.
  • they can create, publish, and share their topic webmixes with their peers so that they can collaborate and discover information sources through this form of networking/information sharing
    • crystalseier
       
      During our research unit, I think this would be a great way for student to collaborate and share resources they have found helpful.
  • These tools provide a medium for students to create their own learning space that is more natural and unique to their interests and learning styles. The concept of PLE is not a way to replace classroom learning, but to enhance it.
    • bennettfr
       
      So many of my students haven't had bad experiences at school, that they have "given up" on school. I think if they could experience school through personalized learning, they would re-engage and find learning valuable and maybe even fun.
  • A PLE is the method students use to organize their self-directed online learning, including the tools they employ to gather information, conduct research, and present their findings.
    • crystalseier
       
      I know this seems simple, but having this definition of a PLE spelled out like this is a big 'ah-ha' moment for me. I just adds clarity to exactly how I could see myself using a PLE in my classroom.
  • PLEs place a large amount of responsibility on students and thus requires a high level of self-management and awareness. Not every student is ready for this responsibility, so teachers need to have strategies in place to guide and support these learners.
    • bennettfr
       
      This is the part of PLE's that truly scares me. As I've said before, I feel that students often view learning from as a spectator rather than as an active participant. Which makes me curious how I could get these students to take on such responsibility?
    • ashleyteunissen
       
      I think parents also need to know and feel how important it is to support the students in this type of learning, and to take some responsibility for overseeing the work and ensuring the use of devices isn't being abused.
    • christopherrush
       
      Ashley, that is a great point. While computerized personal learning sounds like it has great benefits, its uniqueness is totally separating the children's school experiences from the parents', and while that may be a good thing in one sense, the parents now have even less involvement in their own children's education, and as a parent and educator, that idea is very unappealing.
  • These tiles give you access to Web pages or other webmixes.
    • aaronpals
       
      I do not have a Symbaloo yet, but I will soon. My wondering here goes to my current learning management system and whether or not this tool would be easily integrated. Sounds like it would, but I have yet to try.
    • cgerbracht
       
      I have been using Symbaloo with my first graders for the last two years. (However, not in the same way described here.) My students do not create their own. My school is 1:1 with Chromebooks, so my first graders use Symbaloo to find resources they can use during literacy or math. It works well with any LMS, because students can set their homepage to it or can bookmark it for easy use.
  • Because Symbaloo is web-based, you can access your favorite webmixes from different computers. You also can make Symbaloo your start page on any given computer.
    • aaronpals
       
      So I could feasibly ask my students to make this their start page/homepage, as well, right?
  • turn that content into knowledge.
  • In addition, teachers must pursue training and be knowledgeable of how to utilize PLEs to enhance learning and ensure that students are using this e-learning tool in a meaningful way.
    • aaronpals
       
      When they say "meaningful way" here, who should it be most meaningful to? When student driven learning happens, to what degrees should it be meaningful to me as the teacher and to them as a student?
    • christopherrush
       
      Good question - a lot of these articles have a lot of advertising-like buzzwords, but not a lot of substance. Is "speed" the highest value or a determiner of "meaning"?
  • day-to-day activities and interests both inside and outside of the classroom.
    • ashleyteunissen
       
      I think hitting on interests inside and outside the classroom is important, especially for male students that feel a real working job is more important than on the surface classroom learning.  
  • What I do like about Symbaloo is that if I make any updates to this webmix, students receive the updates as well!
    • mriniker
       
      I have already made several changes to my webmix since I have begun. I love that I can make this easily accessible to students. The automatic update means I can update the classroom webmix to pertain to our learning while eliminating things that become irrelevant. There is nothing more frustrating when a link is embedded and then it no longer works.
  • notion of a PLE for students, grounding them intentionally in an environment of information tools and productive applications, is a great way to seek, develop, and structure that balanced approach.
    • mriniker
       
      I think equipping our students with opportunities to learn and providing different options to meet their learning styles is a great place to start.
  • Truth be told, I could stand to be more savvy in my own organizing of online learning and networking: I’ve been slow to use tools and develop skills for managing online resource, such as the use of vehicles like Symbaloo, Evernote, or Diigo
    • jessicamotto
       
      I could have written this statement myself! I hadn't even heard of Symbaloo or Diigo before this course. Both seem like they will be extremely useful once I master them.
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  • Students can use their PLE to gather, organize and evaluate learning resources while collaborating and sharing with others.
    • brippentrop-nuss
       
      This sounds like a way to help students keep track of resources they use frequently. Sounds along the lines of a curation tool that has the added benefit of being able to share with others, so collaboration can occur.
  • Truth be told, I could stand to be more savvy in my own organizing of online learning and networking: I’ve been slow to use tools and develop skills for managing online resource
    • brippentrop-nuss
       
      This statement is 100% me. I've created Symbaloo, diigo, pinterest, etc... and never really go back to them for the educational aspects. I still stick to just bookmarking things. I understand the benefits of having a curation tool of some sort. What's the best way to introduce this concept and how to have students decide what type of digital dashboard works best for them? I wonder if the students are as digitally savvy as we perceive them to be when it comes to learning online.
  • The concept of PLE is not a way to replace classroom learning, but to enhance it.
    • Janet Wills
       
      this seems to be a mantra for anything having to do with tech too
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  • The development of PLEs represents a shift in focus from teacher centered classrooms to more learner centered classrooms.
    • Janet Wills
       
      this is a dramatic shift for teachers-- you really have to get past the idea that everybody has to learn the exact same thing
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      It's not just the teachers. It goes so far outside our realm of control. The states have to be willing to allow the different curricula, the Grownups in the houses have to allow their students to learn different things and differently from the traditional. Grades/assessments have to be different.
  • Many students in the first class that tried Symbaloo today commented that they liked the clean, visual interface of Symbaloo and the ease of adding content;
    • Janet Wills
       
      I think of Symbaloo as a mix between Pinterest and Diigo
  • tudents engaging in networked learning have to learn to be more self-directed than in the typical classroom…
    • Janet Wills
       
      this is a repeating theme
  • In accepting responsibility for the learning process, students had to subscribe to news feeds and blogs, discern the value of social bookmarks, and set up the aggregator to manage all the Internet resources.
    • brippentrop-nuss
       
      I'd love to see how we get students to this point. Organizing and managing all the sources they come across would be key in helping students with their executive functioning skills. What's the starting point for this if they've never had to be in charge of something like this before.
  • Teachers are challenged to provide the appropriate balance between structured lessons and learner autonomy in order to facilitate self-directed learning.
    • brippentrop-nuss
       
      What does this look like? How can teachers scaffold learning to get to this point?
  • But as Drexler points out, we are in a new era where information is abundantly available and professionalism is far more about the effective manipulation– access, evaluation, & application– it only makes sense to reorient learning toward facilitation of students’ “active role in the learning process” and teachers’ provision of the right balance between structured lessons and autonomy; let’s never forget it is an ongoing balancing act. 
    • travisnuss
       
      I don't disagree with this statement, but as a generation that learned primarily via lecture, textbooks and test-taking and feel we were successful learning this method, we are drawn to also teach this way. Until we get better PD and support to change our instruction, this is going to be a tough sell to a generation of teachers.
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      Honestly, we need more buy-in from the Grown-ups in the households too. When their child doesn't come home with a typical assignment, or if they are shown a different method to accomplishing a task - holy moly!
  • students can utilize their PLE to acquire information using preferred apps and resources such as blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, Ning or Delicious
    • travisnuss
       
      How do we get students to do this on their own? When I try and get students to acquire information for different reasons, they seem to just type something into Google and use the first thing that pops up which is Wikipedia. Even with discussions about looking and evaluating appropriate resources, they still want to the easiest path, which is the first few returns when they Google something.
  • Not every student is ready for this responsibility, so teachers need to have strategies in place to guide and support these learners.
    • travisnuss
       
      I'm glad to see this statement in the article as well as the next one about teacher's attaining training be knowledgeable to utilize PLEs. I still have a hard time seeing personalized learning with all students in my classroom without redeveloping the current model of our school and having to deal with resistance of such a change from other teachers, administrators and parents as well as students. It seems such a dramatic change not just from what I currently do as a teacher, but also the way I taught.
  • Preliminary testing I did of Symbaloo under a “test” student login indicated it would function in a stable, normal manner in our network environment for students, so I settled on Symbaloo as my tool of choice for this spring.
    • travisnuss
       
      I've had experience with Symbaloo for other classes I have taken. While I have like the ease of using Symbaloo, it's something that once the class is over, I end up just relying on my bookmarks I have collected over the years in my browser for sites I use rather than ever going back and logging into Symbaloo. It also seems like my students like when I give them a list of websites in class instead of having to find their info. I seem to be able to easily link and list possible sites in Google Classroom, so I wonder, what am I missing with Symbaloo that I can't already accomplish in means that myself and my students are already familiar with?
  • A PLE is the method students use to organize their self-directed online learning, including the tools they employ to gather information, conduct research, and present their findings
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      I love the idea of this. I have a hard time believing that all of our students will buy into it. I see some students really enjoying the freedom and ability to do what they want when they want to. I see others who won't put forth the effort. I know that - like most things - the students will get out what they put into their learning, but how do we force the issue with those that don't want to? I know that in our current system we have these issues too. Do we drop the minimum standards and allow students who want to, to graduate and get jobs at age 14, 15, 16? We used to do that, even just 50 years ago it was a viable solution - is it still?
  • Teachers, she explains, are no longer the primary or even the best source of information available to students, and our work must increasingly attend to supporting students in developing their skills and motivations for becoming themselves networked and sophisticated online learners
    • dsnydersvjags
       
      Are we pushing ourselves out of a job? What will be the educational requirement for someone who 'just' needs to motivate and support students? I know lots of people who are better at that than I am. I know my content, but if they (the students) can find it (the knowledge) somewhere else, why would a district keep me around with my high dollar salary? (insert eye roll emoji)
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PLE Articles - 1 views

  • Not every student is ready for this responsibility, so teachers need to have strategies in place to guide and support these learners. In addition, teachers must pursue training and be knowledgeable of how to utilize PLEs to enhance learning and ensure that students are using this e-learning tool in a meaningful way
    • anonymous
       
      It is not enough just to have PLEs and use them in the classroom, a teacher needs to be able to provide intervention, conferring, and reteaching strategies to help the student understand the expectations. They need to know how to use the tool correctly. 
    • lkmace
       
      Having the opportunity to collaborate with, visit schools supporting PLEs, or receive support from other professionals already comfortable with implementing PLEs would prove valuable on my journey to create learning environments to best meet my student needs. I so agree with your comment of teacher role.
    • wolson86
       
      This is a very powerful statement. I agree it is not just enough to have PLE's and use them. It is very important to have time to collaborate and have some professional development. Using PLE's teachers will be in a different role than in previous settings and will need the tools to support their students through this learning journey.