Facilitate and Inspire 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.
My team's Makey Makey projest
In my educational technology class this semester, I was placed into a small group of other college students, and we were asked to create a controller for an online game with a set of Makey Makeys. We were walked through the process of how to create the online game, shown how to operate the Makey Makey, and then we were left to our own devices with a room filled with supplies. Through this activity, we modeled parts of the first ISTE standard:
- Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
- Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources
- Promotes student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
- Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face to face and virtual environments
Through this project, I learned a great deal about the creative and planning process behind projects. We encountered minor setbacks as a team that we had to work out together, and in the end, we discussed how we could do things differently in the future to produce a more successful and efficient outcome.
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 standards.
- Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
- 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
- Customized and personalized learning activities to address students diverse learning styles, learning strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources
- 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
In making my lesson plan, I did my best to incorporate these standards. Looking back on our class, and even my time spent observing, I believe that I could greatly improve the use of technology into my lesson. The lesson plan I created focused more on activity pages, and used almost no technology except for an assessment and early finisher activities.
Model Digital age Work and Learning
Teachers exhibit knowledge and skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
- Demonstrate fluency and technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations
- Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation
- Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats
- Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning
For the iMovie content trailer, we were asked to pick a content area or lesson subject and make a movie trailer to get our students excited or interested in the new, upcoming topic. Unfortunately, I was absent on the night that students grouped together and filmed their trailers, so I missed out on the opportunity to brainstorm and collaborate with my classmates. I did, however, create the video personally, and I really enjoyed making it. In the future, this is absolutely something I will use in my classroom.
Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities and evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
- Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use a digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources
- Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources
- Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
- Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools
The Digital Literacy Newsletter was one of the more challenging projects we had to take on this semester, but it was well worth it because this is s resource I will add to and modify over time and email it to the students' parents. I picked out three of the Louisiana standards for digital literacy and safety, then I explained what they are, how I will apply them in my classroom, and I also added a helpful video for the students to watch. I learned how to make a cohesive newsletter, and discovered a wonderful resource for future reference.
Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibits leadership in their schools and professional communities by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
- Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning
- Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology and fusion, participating in shared decision-making on community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others
- 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 and support of student learning
- Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community
- I will complete the certification tomorrow, and I hope to display my badge here as well.
To me, this is one of the most important things I worked towards this semester. By completing the Google Certification Training, I furthered my knowledge in a multitude of areas. By working through this program, I have gained so many tools to use not only in my future classroom, but in my everyday life.