NETS‐T Response Standard Three

18 Jul

NETS‐T Response Standard Three

Standard:

3. 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

 

Summary

Teachers should have enough knowledge and familiarity with technology that they are able to use it in a variety of situations. Teachers should be able to communicate and collaborate with students, parents, peers, etc using various digital tools and various formats. Teachers should also use technology to in finding, analyzing, and evaluating data and research.

My strengths in this area

I use technology everyday in my classroom. I use my Promethean board and flipcharts daily. When making a presentation to my colleagues, I usually prepare a PowerPoint or flipchart as a visual. I email my parents at least once a week with my weekly newsletter. Email is my main communication tool with my parents. To track my MAP data, I use an Excel spreadsheet and graphs to evaluate and analyze my data. I feel as if I use technology tools a lot in my classroom, but I know there are more ways that I can incorporate more technology!

My weaknesses in this area

Communicating through technology is probably my weakest area. I am big into email, but I have never Skyped, nor virtually communicated with someone. I feel as if my class could benefit majorly if we Skyped with another classroom in our state. The major theme in third grade social studies is South Carolina history. If we could interact with classes across the regions, my class could compare and contrast various things about each region.

 

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What can you learn through Twitter?

18 Jul

Miss Night’s Marbles

By Miss Night

http://missnightmutters.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-heard-them-say-love-is-way.html

 

Summary

Miss Night’s kindergarten class found a class in Indonesia to partner with and exchange ideas and experiences. Both classes have creative a fictional character that attends the opposite school. Through Twitter the classes communicate with the fictional character to learn about the other region of the world. They exchange information and answer questions from the weather to the orangutan preserve close to the Indonesian school.  The 5 year old are able to log their ideas in a journal; instead of sentences most students respond by drawing pictures. In just a few short weeks Miss Night’s class has learned lifelong lessons through the use of technology.

 

New or interesting concept

I love the concept of adopting a sister school in another country to meet technology standards. By corresponding with “Ella” through Twitter, Miss Night allows the Canadian students to feel as if they belong or have a part in the Indonesian classroom. Twitter is an easy, fun way for students to communicate with classrooms across the world.

 

My response to article

As a parent, I would love for my child to be part of Miss Night’s classroom. How cool would it be to communicate with an Indonesian classroom on a regular basis? Miss Night is able to incorporate meaningful real life concepts into her classroom. For example, her class graphs the weather. Graphing weather from our own town could become boring and meaningless, but graphing their sister school’s weather becomes fun. It also gives the teacher a chance to compare and contrast. Miss Night’s class was able to relate to the tsunami in Indonesia, because they were able to put a name with faces. The tsunami hit home with them and they cared about their friends across the ocean. Technology is a wonderful tool to use to make learning more meaningful to our students. This article gives me inspiration to incorporate more into my own classroom.

Technology Through the Schooling Years

11 Jul

Through My Student’s Eyes

By Cheryl Oakes

http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2009/07/10/through-my-students-eyes/post 

 Summary

Technology is introduced the very first day of school beginning in kindergarten. Teachers in grades K-8 find the time to plan to incorporate technology into their everyday lessons. In high school, when students are using technology almost every second of every day teachers have a tendency to brush off integrating technology into their lesson plans.

 New or interesting concept

Technology is integrated the least in high school. I find this fascinating because high school students probably require the least amount of instructing/training time. Teachers could easily explain the concept/topic, requirements, and then let the students go! (with appropriate supervision, of course) In this day and age, high school students are very creative and resourceful when it comes to using technology.

 My response to article

This article is a realistic view of how students feel about technology. In kindergarten teachers are the primary users of the technology pieces. Students help in small ways. As students get older, more responsibility is released to the students. I see evidence of this in my own school. With the amount of pressure that is on teachers to teach the standards, I can completely understand the pressure the high school teachers feel about “not having time”.

Response to NETS-T Standard 2

11 Jul

NETS -T Standard 2:

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments 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  

Summary

Standard Two wants teachers to create and develop an environment in the classroom that promotes technology. Teachers should allow students to experience lessons and activities through digital tools and resources. For example: Power Points, Promethean Flipcharts, Web Quests, and selected webpages. 

 My strengths in this area

I feel I create a strong technology rich environment in my classroom. I am fortunate enough to have three student computers in my classroom. Students are allowed to work on Power Points, Compass Learning, web games, etc. for Early Finishers. I use my Promethean Board for every lesson and my students are very comfortable with using it.

 My weaknesses in this area

I would like to become for familiar with part d of this standard. I use Compass Learning, MAP, Activotes, and Activexpressions to help me assess my students in content areas, but not necessarily using the technology standards. I am not sure how I can find the time to integrate more standards in my school day.

Response to NETS-T Standard 1

11 Jul

NETS-T Standard One:

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

 Summary

Standard One wants teachers to inspire students to use technology in creative ways such as in communication, reflection, research, etc. Teachers can use technology to assess students understanding through Activotes, Activinspire, Powerpoints, and Flipcameras. These devices allow students to reflect and show their knowledge without paper and pencil. Teachers should provide students with the opportunities to address and research every day issues through the use of technology. Unitedstreaming, virtual tours, websites and digital videos and photos give the students a chance to see and gain knowledge about the issues without leaving the classroom. The teacher can use virtual field trips, blogging, email, google docs, and even Skype and Facebook to allow students to interact with one another, others across the country and world virtually.

 My strengths in this area. . .

I use my Promeathean board accessories (Activotes and Activexpressions) to help assess my students’ understanding of topics discussed in class. The students are comfortable with these tools and it is a quick and easy way to gather thoughts all in one place. My students also use Flipcameras to be creative and present different ideas and themes throughout the year.  

 My weaknesses in this are. . .

My major weakness is that I do not have my students virtually interact with anyone. I have not taken advantage of the virtual field trips that my school district offers, and there is absolutely no good excuse. I need to do a better job about collaborating with my co-workers in a virtual environment as well. My school is entirely too large to always communicate and plan through email. Googledocs is going to be a wonderful tool in communication that I plan to implement when I return in August.