ISTE Standards Alignment
Standard 1: Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
At the beginning of this course, I definitely felt that I was behind in this standard. I felt that because I wanted to teach history, I had to have the more traditional classroom. To me, this standard means exactly what it says; teachers need to inspire their students and promote their creativity, and where I always felt that way, I was unsure of how to promote this through technology in my classroom. After doing this Makey Makey project, I was able to see what options are out there for my classroom. By using scratch.mit.edu, I was able to use my creativity to not only create the game online, but with the makey makey, I could bring that game to life. I hope to carry this into my history classroom and show students how they can bring history to life through this hardware for a better understanding of the content.
Standard 2: Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
At the beginning of the semester, when Mr. Kiper even mentioned the words "lesson plan" I shuddered, if that explains where I was in terms of this standard. To me, this standard is a step in a new direction for some teachers and it means that classrooms are looking forward to a more technologically advanced future. When I first submitted this lesson plan, I put at the top of the page, highlighted, in bold "I have no idea what I'm doing!!" However, I feel that this lesson plan shows my development in this standard from January. In it, I include my flipped lesson video to help reinforce the lesson and the objective of the standard taught. Through the semester, my fear of lesson plans has diminished and I feel that I can conquer the next one with flying colors.
Standard 3: Model digital age work and learning
When this standard was presented to me, I had some idea of what it meant; show your students what kind of work you expect from them in their online coursework and assignments. However, if you would have told me I would know how to use Prezi by the end of the semester, I would not have believed you, but look at where I am today. I can see myself using Prezi in the future as a way to keep my students more involved and interested in the content of the lesson that day. Like I stated, in January, Prezi was a whole new world for me; granted, putting this assignment together took some time, I was able to learn the ins and outs of the tool and create this artifact.
Standard 4: Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
This is the standard I felt the most confident in at the beginning of this course. Since starting college and taking different education classes and psychology classes, I have become more interested in this standard and what I can do as an educator to help the problems surrounding this standard. To me, this standard means simply to teach children how to be responsible as well as courteous internet users. However, through this Digital Literacy newsletter, I am more confident of my competence in this area of teaching. As a teacher, I hope to teach my students about the negative as well as the positive impacts of their digital footprint and that they are able to see their own growth in the area.
Standard 5: Engage in professional growth and leadership
This class has given an immense amount of knowledge in my ability to grow professionally. To me, this standard is here to ensure that teachers are always learning and furthering their education for the students. At the beginning of the semester, I was so excited to be able to obtain this certification and grow in my education. After taking this course and finishing my certification test, I can show my future principals that I am willing to further my education and grow for the education of my students.