In the 21st century classroom it is essential that teachers remain current and relevant by integrating technology into their instructional practices. Although this can be a challenge, especially in districts that are under served and lack the resources to provide staff and student with updated technology tool, it is a challenge that must be addressed and not allowed to be pushed to the side with excuses. As I mentioned last week in my game plan outline, I have identified the following ITSE goals as being areas I need to increase my proficiency in: by week seven, “ I will increase my proficiency of student reflection by promoting and providing students opportunities to reflect using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes”, and by week seven, “ I will increase my proficiency of customizing and personalizing learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources” (International Society for Technology Education, 2008).
In order to increase my confidence and proficiency I know I need to expand upon my current practices and seek out support within my building. There are a number of resources with in my district that I can utilize to assist in my implementation of my GAME plan. I have been meeting regularly with my buildings media specialist, who has been teaching me how to create and develop the online forums and blogs I detailed in my action plan. We currently use Google Doc and School Fusion both of which I am still attempting to master.
I have also reached out to our district IT supervisor to help upload and develop digital resources for student to reference and access. Many of these require prior authorization and are not things I could have done on my own. Beyond using my colleagues as a resource, I have altered the way in which I plan my instruction. In addition to the differentiation that is currently a part of my lesson, I am searching online forums for ideas and examples I can integrate into my instruction. In particular I am looking at ways in which my students can gain greater independence in their learning and express their ideas in new and unique ways. I plan to continue searching for resources well beyond the end of class, but I think I will need to get some guidance of what additional information is out there and available.
International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE): NETS for Teachers 2008 http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers/nets-for-teachers-2008.aspx