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.