December 7th, 2011

LISTEN: Natalie Milman, GWU Professor

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Natalie B. Milman, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Coordinator of the Educational Technology Leadership Program in the Department of Educational Leadership at The George Washington University‚Äôs Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She earned her doctorate in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education with a graduate specialization designed to prepare technology leaders. She has taught at the elementary school level as a second grade, a science specialist, mentor, and technology teacher in Los Angeles County, California. Her current research interests include one-to-one laptop and tablets initiatives, student engagement and learning through distance education, strategies and models for the effective integration of technology into the curriculum at all academic levels, and the use of digital portfolios for professional development. She has published numerous articles and presented at many conferences. She has co-authored two books about digital portfolios. She is the co-editor of the Current Practices Section of the journal, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and is an officer in two AERA SIGs: 1) Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning (past Chair, Program Co-Chair, Secretary/Treasurer) and 2) Portfolios and Reflection in Teaching and Teacher Education (past Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Program Chair; current Webmaster).

In this edition of the Learning Matters podcast, Milman speaks to LM production assistant Rachael Wettenstein about the three roles of teachers, her observations of the 1-to-1 laptop and iPad programs in middle/elementary schools, innovative uses of Skype in the classroom, the growing digitial divide, and the pros and cons of online learning (Milman has been teaching online for over a decade). At the end of the podcast, Wettenstein and Milman speak about today’s learners: are they inherently different than learners of previous generations?

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Milman’s work, consult her search results on Google Scholar.

This podcast is also available on YouTube:

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Thanks to the folks at Learning Matters for putting this together.

I am very interested in hearing from current and former students and teachers about online learning–do they believe it’s for all learners? How young is too young for online learning?

Good Article GReat Post

I appreciated the portion of the podcast where Dr. Milman said that online learning isn’t for everyone. I agree and I’ve shared that sentiment with people who have asked me about online programs. Online learning, in my opinion, requires more self discipline than a traditional classroom program. It was a great experience for me, but I’m not sure that all students would be successful in an online program.

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