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Response to NETS-T Standard 3 July 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — swumccrary @ 6:47 pm

NETS-T Standard 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning

Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teachers:

a. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
b. collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
c. communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.
d. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.

Summary: In this standard, the teacher is a model of how to gain knowledge, acquire new skills, and work in a digital society to further education in a school setting. The teachers will demonstrate proper use of technology and model for students how they can use technology to enhance what they are currently learning or what they have learned previously.  The teacher will use digital tools to support learning and help students learn to use these tools as well. Teachers should model how to use these technological resources as a form of communication with parents, peers, administration, and community members. This could easily be done in the form of Microsoft Publisher, VoiceThreads, or blogging. Teachers also need to model and be advocates of current and emerging digital resources that can support learning.

Strengths: I incorporate this standard often in my classroom by having my students create documents in Microsoft Word, listening to VoiceThreads, incorporating new books through our Hue, Compass Learning, United Streaming, and finding places on Google Earth. I feel more comfortable with this standard than I did with Standard 1 and Standard 2.

Weaknesses: Although my students have seen Google Earth, we could have incorporated more frequently in our classroom to enhance knowledge and to be more innovative during lessons. I have also not facilitated effective use of Google Maps. This could be an excellent digital tool during our Maps unit.


If five-year-olds ran the world…

Filed under: Uncategorized — swumccrary @ 5:31 pm

Title of Article: I heard them say, love is the way
Author: Miss Night
Link: http: //missnightmutters.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-heard-them-say-love-is-way.html
WOW! I was COMPLETELY blown away by this article. This was an incredible article about a teacher who was not afraid to be adventurous with technology. She started a virtual exchange between her class and a partner class in Indonesia. Her project was called: Kindergarten Around the World and is an awesome way to help students “travel” and “explore the world”. They even used their imagination to create an imaginary friend who attends the partner school. They communicated with their friends in Indonesia through Twitter. After learning about the new place and their new friends, they were able to form relationships and learn about a new community. Through three short weeks, they were able to learn so many new things about maps, time differences, earth rotations, voting, animal facts, new animals, gender roles in the classroom, twitter, climates, school differences, temperatures, weather, and even new vocabulary. Many teachers spend months, maybe even years, trying to teach all of these concepts.
I am dying to incorporate this into my classroom next year. My biggest concern is how to get started and how to actually find a classroom across the country to partner with for the year. Because many of my students have never even left South Carolina, much less been across the world, this would be a great way to incorporate new learning and adventures into our school year. I need to be more like Miss Night and be less afraid of putting the time and effort into a project that has proved to be so rewarding for the students and the teacher.


Technology in American Classrooms Today July 11, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — swumccrary @ 10:54 pm

Title of Article: Through my Students’ Eyes

Author: Cheryl Oakes and Wes Fryer

Link: http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2009/07/10/through-my-students-eyes/

Summary:This was a very captivating article that shows that technology can and should be incorporated into any classroom. The author points out how much the integration of technology has a positive impact on the students learning success. These students in technology rich classrooms seem to be more engaged and motivated. Technology gives them an opportunity to be creative and in most cases, to reflect on their own learning or productivity.

There are many new concepts that I will need to learn more about after reading this article. I need to learn about a “Moodle site” and a “Ning”. I do feel very encouraged that 8th graders are currently doing these things in their classrooms, but feel that it is my responsibility as a teacher to make sure that I am up to date with technology as well.

I was very encouraged by this article. I have used flip videos in my kindergarten classroom before but never with as much ease and creativity as the teacher in this article. I want to be able to incorporate more technology into my classroom to encourage my students and to keep them motivated and interested. I am anxious to try some of the ideas I read about in this article for a kindergarten class.


Response to NETS-T Standard 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — swumccrary @ 10:52 pm

NETS-T Standard 2: Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S. Teachers:

a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
b. 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.
c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
d. 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.

Summary: This standard reminds teachers of the importance of developing a digital-age environment where digital tools and resources are incorporated to promote learning and creativity. By having a technology rich environment, students can be held accountable by actively participating in their own learning. Teachers need to continually customize activities to address different demographics, learning modalities, and abilities. Teachers will also need to provide students with multiple opportunities for success in the classroom.

Strengths: My strength for this standard would be my ability to differentiate learning activities to address the different styles, strategies, and abilities of my students using digital tools and resources. Because of the diverse populations at my school, I am constantly doing this without even being aware that it is happening.

Weaknesses: My weakness in this standard would be that I do always have a classroom that encourages all students to pursue their individual curiosities in a digital setting. I feel that my fear of “breaking something” inhibits me from giving my students enough opportunities to become comfortable in a digital setting. I am going to make it my goal to resolve this fear in the coming school year


Response to NETS-T Standard 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — swumccrary @ 10:45 pm

NETS-T Standard 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student 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. Teachers:

a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
b. engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
d. model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.

Summary: This standard reminds teachers of the importance of creating an environment rich with learning, creativity, and ingenuity. This environment consists of face-to-face interactions as well as virtual interactions with teachers and peers. The teacher should model appropriate thinking and problems and then guide the students through creatively finding solutions using digital resources. Students should also be taught to reflect on their learning process and be capable of engaging collaboratively with other students.

Strengths: My strengths in this area are through my ability to encourage my students to be creative and innovative thinkers. Through our creative writing process, we are continually thinking, planning, and then creating (as stated in Standard 1c).

Weaknesses: My weakness in this standard is connecting my students to other peers or students in a virtual environment setting. I need to be more open-minded to the idea of interacting with other classrooms in a virtual environment.