Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers:
a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness. b. engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources. c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. d. model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.
NETS-T standard one challenges educators to immerse their class into technology. Educators should use technology to inspire students and facilitate their creativity. Digital tools should be used for reflection and authentic problem solving and collaboration not only with students, but with colleagues as well.
I use technology on a daily basis in my classroom. I frequently incorporate Compasslearning, Unitedstreaming, and web-based games in my lesson planning. Making sure that I have some sort of digital tool in my lesson plans comes very easy for me. I also love collaborating with others about digital tools in my face to face grade level meetings, but I also love exploring blogs and websites and sharing with online friends. Collaboration at technology conferences is also something that I enjoy participating in each year that adds to my strengths in technology.
I want to continue to find online tools to inspire my students. I really need to focus using digital tools to collaborate more with my students. I have established a classroom blog for the last 2 years, but I want to find ways to get my students to utilize it through collaboration and input. I need find ways for my students to get to the computer to actually engage in the digital tools that I know is available. This is difficult due to lack of resources, laptop lab schedules, and other curricular expectations.