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Capstone-Standard 10 Meta-Reflection: Technology

Standard 10 Meta-Reflection: Technology

Integrates current technology into instruction and professional communication/collaboration activities where appropriate.

Initial reflection during C & I Orientation:

I am responsible for utilizing technological means to ensure that my students have access to materials and resources available to all general education students. Not only does this involve receiving presented information, but students must also be provided instruction and opportunity to use assistive technology to express and effectively convey thoughts and information to others. As a teacher, I must keep up with communication methods used to interact with my parents and colleagues. (Online IEP programs, Skyward Information system, email, etc.)

Reflection following the completion of EDTC6433: Teaching with Technology

As stated in the syllabus for EDTC 6433:The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers will be used to trigger inquiry into how technology can be used to improve instruction, assessment, and professional productivity.

 

ISTE 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

ISTE 2: Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessment

ISTE 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning

ISTE 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

ISTE 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Reflective thoughts noted at the beginning of this course: As I consider the question of how I might demonstrate competency on the ISTE standards and how this process will enhance my instruction, assessment, and professional productivity, I am immediately inspired and eager to begin. Not only do I see multifaceted benefits and practical application as I participate in my district’s pilot for the new teacher evaluation system, but I see tremendous opportunities for creatively relating with other colleagues and sharing “best practices” with my students. I am particularly drawn to the visual nature of Google+ and am pleased to learn of so many options for communicating ideas, thoughts, and information in such creative ways.

In the article, Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology1, authors Collins & Halverson (2009), state: “The revolution that is occurring in education will alter not just the lives of students, but the entire society”. I am continuing to realize that as a public school educator who has served for over three decades, the changes I have already witnessed may be just the beginning. Thankfully, I am not dismayed by this fact, but rather, encouraged.

Throughout Module 3, I found myself drawn to posts referencing organizational tools for teachers, however, I noted that again this week I was becoming overwhelmed by the volume of available resources. In one of our readings, the need to be discerning was especially noted by author, Louise Starkey. In her article, Evaluating learning in the 21st century: a digital age, Starkey shares, “Relatively quick access to a wide range of information means that the user needs the ability to critically evaluate the validity and relative value of information accessed (2011, p. 6).

While reading Millennial Learners and Net-Savvy Teens? Examining Internet Use among Low-Income Students, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there appears to be less of a difference in internet usage between high and low income students than teachers originally believed (Greenhow, Walker, & Kim, 2009, p. 67). Despite this good news, the authors acknowledged that teachers will need to be mindful of how they might “minimize what still exists as a participation gap” [Jenkins, 2006, p. 13] in level and sophistication and duration of technology and Internet” (p.67).

In this Teaching with Technology course, I experienced the opportunity to engage in the process of creating a WebQuest as one way to address ISTE Standard 2: Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments. The particular focus for my WebQuest is to assist students in completing the preliminary steps for their senior portfolio and culminating project required for graduation. I am intending to use this tool for each of my students with IEPs because the process creates a wonderful way to address their Transition Plan–a legally required component of their IEP. The beauty of a WebQuest format is that it provides a wonderful guide for students that can be customized as needed to address a wide variety of needs.

When selecting a focus for my Digital Storytelling Project, I made the decision to create a story for my grandchildren to document a very exciting event in our family. In the spring of 2012, my husband, Gary James, and I made the decision to sell our family home after 28 years and through joint ownership with our oldest daughter and her husband, build a new house that would be large enough to accommodate the collective nine members of our combined families.

As I reflect on ISTE Standard 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity, I believe that this project will indeed continue to impact the individuals who are currently the most important students in my life—my grandchildren. It is certain that as they grow older and enter into formal classrooms, the technologies available to them will be far different than those I have used in this project, however, I believe they will reflect on the process they participated in with me regarding a pivotal time in our lives. With regard to my students in my classroom “away from home”, I will be more ready and able to teach processes, support creative endeavors, and understand their needs as learners.

Within the first couple of weeks of this course, EDTC 6433, I noted that our district was in the midst of selecting software for creating and managing online Individual Education Plans (IEPs). I also shared a screen shot of one of the options, Goalview. As of today, I am now in the midst of training to become a trainer for other teachers within our district on how to implement Goalview. Having served on the software adoption committee 15 years ago and teaching others to use the software from then to the present, I am delighted to have once again been selected to represent the high school team of special education teachers. I am eager to move beyond the “test site” we experienced today. Due in part to what I have learned within this course, today I was able to ask insightful questions during the training, move ahead to see a sneak preview of the benefits of this program, and envision ways that I will provide support to my colleagues as we go “live” within the next month. I definitely see myself actively engaging in part b. of ISTE Standard 5.

ISTE Standard 5.Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

  1. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
  2. Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
  3. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
  4. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching.

Resources:

Collins & Halverson (2009). 1  Excerpted from our book Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America. New York: Teachers College Press, 2009.

Greenhow, Walker, & Kim (2009). Millennial Learners and Net-Savvy Teens? Examining Internet Use among Low-Income Students, Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, Vol. 26, Number 2, Winter 2009-10.

Starkey, L (2011). Evaluating learning in the 21st century: a digital age learning matrix Retrieved from: https://bbweb-prod.spu.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-828829-dt-content-rid-1286046_1/courses/EDTC6433_27233201232/evaluating%20learning%20in%20the%2021st%20century%282%29.pdf

Artifacts for Standard 10:

Artifact 1 :      ISTE 1-Creative Connections—Linking students through blogging~

Artifact 2:       ISTE 2-Technology to Individualize Writing as an Intervention

Artifact 3:       ISTE 3-Communicating with Confidentiality to meet Individual Needs

Artifact 4:       ISTE 4-Technology–From Mimeograph to Digital and Beyond~

Artifact 5:       Digital Poster: Watch your Step and Stay Safe~

Artifact 6:       Webquest: Career Interest-Quest for the Best

Artifact 7:       Participation in an Online Educational Community –Blog

Artifact 8:       Digital Storytelling Project: The House at Windmill Loop

Artifact 9:       ISTE NETS for Teachers-Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership