The world of teaching is changing at a rapid rate just like technology is. As technology makes its way into the classroom teachers need to adjust their teaching style to support students learning with technology. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has helped teachers set standards and gives teachers guidelines in how to affectively support students learning in this new path. The ISTE requires teachers to 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, in other words to be self-directed learners ( Cennamo, Ross, Ertmer, 2009).
As a teacher I always ponder what I can be doing to make my students learning experience more engaging and this is the GAME Plan that I came up with that I can start to implement now.
ISTE- 3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning
Goal: I will increase parental involvement by communicating relevant information and ideas u through a classroom website.
Action: I will create a classroom website that will have a daily blog attached. Along with the blog weekly pictures will be updated to help parents feel connected to what their students are learning in the classroom.
Monitor: Parent feedback will be welcome and solicited regularly.
Evaluate and Extend: I will reflect on parent comments and take suggestions on areas where the website might need some work. If there is a lot of parental involvement in the website I will add daily assignments to the website for easy access.
ISTE- 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship
Goal: I will advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.
Action: Through the Wax Museum project I will model for my students how to research on the internet, site their resources appropriately, and give credit for others thoughts.
Monitor: As students complete sections of the project I will conference with them and the websites they used to gather information making sure that they are being legal and ethical.
Evaluate and Extend: If I find that students are having a difficult time citing their resources I will create mini lessons to help students reevaluate their work to make it appropriate.
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 educational standards for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/Libraries/PDFs?NETS_for_Teachers_2008_EN.sflb.ashx