While reviewing the indicators of the National Education for Teachers there were a few that were intriguing, but two indicators in particular really made me reflect on my style of teaching and overall philosophy. The two indicators were found in the Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments standard. The first indicator states teachers should be able to “design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity” (International Society for Technology in Education, 2008). The second states that educators should be able to, “customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources” (International Society for Technology in Education, 2008).
My GAME plan in making the move towards mastery of these indicators is outlined with reflections on certain ideas and concepts presented in the standards.
The first goal I will begin to implement in my classroom is student-centered technology in my lessons at least once a week. If I am to implement this type of technology more often I will. However, I want to make sure that the technology used is beneficial for the student and not just an activity using technology for the sake of technology. Secondly, I want these lessons to offer multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate content knowledge and skills and to incorporate multiple styles of learning.
I will collaborate with fellow English teachers to learn of activities that incorporate technology and are driven by the students.
I will collaborate with the Science department to learn of activities that incorporate technology in my class.
I will research through National Conference for Teachers of English (NCTE) for activities, plans, and topics that can be incorporated in my class.
After each technology lesson, I will reflect on the overall quality lesson to help myself gain insight on how to properly implement student-centered technology lessons in the classroom. I will reflect by asking myself “are the students engaged in the activity?” Did the technology help deepen the students understanding in comparison to past years (Cennamo, Ross, and Ertmer, 2009)? Have my students effectively demonstrated learning?
After several lessons, I will determine if the implementation of the technology centered lessons are in fact effective in enhancing my mastery of the above indicators.
Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). National education standards for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/Libraries/PDFs/NETS_for_Teachers_2008_EN.sflb.ashx