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NETS-T Standard Three

Model Digital-Age Work and Learning

Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teachers:

a. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
b. collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
c. communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.
d. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

Technology has changed the practices of educators through the years.  It is a continual evolution as teachers learn to take the content of their subject matter and transfer it using digital tools.  As teaching professionals, we must learn to use new tools to collaborate with all stakeholders in education.  We must also become proficient in using technology to communicate and to support our own research and learning.   I think this is an important standard to understand because it is one that is always changes as technology changes.  There is always something new to learn in order to reach our students, parents, peers, and community.

Learning about new technology is a hobby of mine.  I am always on the look out for new, innovative ways to learn, and communicate.  One way I have tried to stay current on technology is subscribing to educational technology blogs.  This has been a successful method to find out about new tools and sites for the classroom. It has also opened doors for me to meet and communicate with people that I would not have ever met without social media. I not only follow blogs on technology, but I also have met some colleagues in the field that I follow as they research and consult.  Learning is always at my fingertips.

The biggest thing that gets in the way of collaborating and communicating using digital tools is time.  First it takes me a while to decided which media tool I should use for what purpose.  There are so many tools, it can be overwhelming to decide which one will work best for me.  Second, it takes time to create and collaborate, especially if I am trying to get other colleagues at school on board to explore new digital media.  Sometimes it gets frustrating to convincing others to get on board.  I need to learn patience as I try to take baby steps with my tentative colleagues when I am ready to take on the digital world by leaps and bounds.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

We Log In… We Learn

The assigned article reading, “I Heard Them Say Love is the Way” at Miss Night’s Marbles is a sweet reflection of a kindergarten class involved in the wonderful world wide web of learning.   It describes a class project involving Twitter in the classroom between classes in Cananda and Indonesia.  Students work together on research questions about each others’ lives in another part of the world. A flurry of learning has erupted within this Canadian classroom as a result of social networking between five year old students. 

I first noticed that the teachers took great care in protecting the safety of the children.  I like how they created a fictitious character that represented their classroom for privacy purposes. I love how this teacher has taken technology to the youngest students.  How many teachers would even think about using Twitter with kindergarten students?  I also admire that this teacher has met several objectives using technology.  She has students journaling, graphing, making videos, creating a Prezi,  and learning Science and Social Studies.  I believe what this teacher is most proud of is not the educational standards that she has met in such an exemplary way, but she has expanded their thinking.  They are seeing the world through another set of eyes.  With all of the books, pictures, and talks about Indonesia; this teacher could not have given her students more educational benefits plus a life lesson in empathy than she has through Twittering in the classroom.  In summary, this article is a lesson to educators that technology is about learning…and so much more!

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Response to NETS-T 2

Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S. Teachers:

a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
b. develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
d. provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.

Technology Standard 2 outlines learning experiences and assessments.  Digital tools and resources should be used create learning experiences for students so that they may express creativity in their learning.   Students should have goals and ways to assess their progress using technology.  Using digital tools for assessment is a focus of this standard as well.

I weekly use online games and resources that provide feedback for the student according to the skill we are working on.  I also frequently design my lessons on ActiveInspire or Powerpoint with various links to pictures, videos, or websites that relate to our content.  I also find it easy to assess how students are working on individual work through Successmaker or CompassLearning.

One thing that I would like to improve upon is incorporating more research based activities such as webquests and research based activities.  I am familiar with sites such as rubistar to design assessments, but I don’t use it very often.  I would love to find ways to complete quick, informal assessments digitally. I just don’t know exactly how to go about it.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Response to NETS-T Standard 1

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.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Growing Up With Technology

      Cheryl Oakes has written a blog Through My Students’ Eyes that takes us on a technology tour of what school can be like for a digital native.  She cleverly moves the reader from kindergarten to high school in classrooms that embrace technology.  For each year, she writes from the point of view of the student expressing how they might feel working with technology in the classroom.  She shows how incorporating technology begins with incremental steps from the youngest students to the oldest.  She also includes possible reflections that each student may have as a result of being in these classrooms.

            School shifts into a whole new paradigm when educators choose to incorporate technology into the classroom.  It is a way to reach today’s student which has been dubbed as a digital native.  Reading through each reflection, I saw how each classroom draws their students in actively engaging them in the content with technology.  I also found it interesting from third grade and above, students are more and more involved in some type of social media.  Embracing social media for older students in the classroom can remove the boredom blues.  I found it significant that by the time students get to high school they become a bit cynical if they are not involved with available technology.  It makes me wonder what would happen to our education system if all educators embraced technology in the classroom.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized