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NETS-T Standard 4

Andrew Bowen

9-20-12

Technology (SWU)

NETS-T Standard 4

NETS-T Standard 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. Teachers:

  1. 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.
  2. Address the diverse needs for all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources
  3. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
  4. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools

Main Requirements

The main requirements of NETS-T Standard 4 is that teachers become responsible for digital issues and instill that same responsibility in their students by making them aware of the issues in today’s society. Teachers must model appropriate and legal behavior when using technology. Students must know that there are consequences to stealing other’s intellectual works. Also, the documentation of sources is an important principle that many teachers and students unknowingly break a lot of times. Teachers need to know all copyright laws and adhere to them as well as make their students aware of such laws. Teachers must not only teach their students about such issues, but also their peers. Teachers need to let other teachers know the importance of following copyright laws and making sure we as educators are not breaking any. The only way we can change the status of breaking copyright rules in the classroom is presenting the information to our students and great need to change and correct the way we use all digital information.

Self-Evaluation

My self-evaluation of NETS-T Standard 4 revolves around my ability to model safe, legal, and ethical use of technology in my classroom. I always am sure to meet all legal requirements of using digital content inside of my classroom. Also, I feel like I meet my students’ needs by allowing them on a daily basis to access such content material. This content they are using is appropriate and furthers instruction on a given content area in which we are studying or about to be studying. Also, I make certain to make known the responsibility of all my students to cite correct sources when using other people’s intellectual works.

Strengths:

My strengths include my knowledge on using digital tools and the resources that help incorporate and make a classroom a technology enriched classroom. Although my classroom doesn’t have a full array of technological tools like some classrooms, I always make sure to always use technological resources when I think it benefits students most. I also feel I have strength in making my students aware of the importance of not stealing others intellectual works and always citing sources.

Weaknesses:   

My weakness in this standard is my ability to allow my students to witness other cultures through social interactions via technology. I would love to have a class from another country communicate with us through technology. The connections we could make would be breathtaking. Although this is true, I have a personal belief that school care more about test scores than meaningful experiences from their students (Different article).  I do not feel confident enough with social technology in the classroom to unveil its true potential, but one day I will use it for the benefit of my students.

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Article Review – Educator’s Guide to Intellectual Property

Andrew Bowen

9-13-12

Article Reflection

An Educator’s Guide to Intellectual Property

http://www.jointhecteam.com/PDFs/intellectual%20property.pdf

Author: CTeam

Summary

This article discussed the important principles of intellectual property. The main idea is that there are consequences to using someone else’s work without permission. The work someone does is protected by the U.S. Constitution in Article One. The article tells of how plagiarism is the “most familiar area of intellectual property concerns”. The article then discusses how digital works are also included as intellectual property as well. Students must be made aware of not copying or stealing someone else’s intellectual property. The authors then write about the steps and length of time it takes to secure copyright. Aside from the negative aspects, the authors tell about how authors of intellectual property want other people to use their property so they can make profit from it. The author may grant permission to users to use such intellectual property. The article then describes piracy and how many students in today’s society victimize such intellectual property. As teachers, we must teach our students the negative benefits of stealing/pirating someone else’s intellectual work.

Personal Reflection

I have never really learned of all the rules and regulations of intellectual work on the Internet. I must as, a teacher, learn as much as I can and teach my students the same rules. I must be on the lookout for any misconceptions that my students or I may have about using other people’s intellectual work. I must always inform my students on how to cite a source they may want to use. I need to read more resources about the fair use clause. I will be sure to always cite whatever I may use inside of the classroom. I must model proper behavior when dealing with intellectual works whether physical or digital. As an educator, I must always ensure that no laws are broke in my classroom and make sure my students need to understand the risks involved. This was a very informative article, which I will always remember to teach myself and my students about.

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NETS-T Standard 3

Andrew Bowen

9-13-12

Technology (SWU)

NETS-T Standard 3

 

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

Main Requirement

The main requirement of NETS-T Standard 3 is that teachers use technology in a professional way that shows that the teacher has knowledge and skill in that specific skill inside of the classroom. Teachers should never settle when using the same type of technology. Teachers should always see what works best for their classroom and use that skill for student learning in the classroom. Teachers should use such technology skills to communicate positively with peers, parents, and students. Teachers should use such skills to impact learning in a major way to truly affect student learning.  Lastly, the teacher should model and facilitate the use of digital tools when it impacts research and learning. The teacher should test the quality of the digital tool and how it benefits the students inside and outside of the classroom.

Self-Evaluation

My self-evaluation of NETS-T Standard 3 revolves around my ability to create an innovative professional environment for my students. I believe in the classroom environment and how it has a massive impact on the student. I always put the environment on top regard because it affects my students in every way. I try to incorporate technology as most that I can to make a difference and actually help students. I have several strengths as well as weaknesses in this area. NETS-T Standard 3 is a very important standard to incorporate into one’s teaching philosophy and the everyday activities of the classroom.

Strengths:

My strengths include my knowledge around technology. I love technology and discovering new ways to incorporate it inside of the classroom. I love to use technology as an assessment tool to review one on one with students during my focus groups. This allows me to see the student engaged in a question on a computer and allows me to document if he/she knows what content matter is being assessed or whether I need to further my instruction in that given area. I do not have a Promethean board but I am knowledgeable of its capabilities and impact inside of the classroom. I love modeling throughout the use of a document camera. I feel I have strength in the area of presenting new technology to students and my peer teachers. I love technology and will continue to incorporate it as long as it benefits my students.

Weaknesses:   

My weaknesses revolve around the use of technology to communicate with parents. I know that I need to have constant communication when talking with parents preferably about good things and not bad things. Because I am a first-year teacher, I have a lot to learn about communication with parents. I learned recently about the operation in Word that I can doo when trying to complete the same worksheets with different data included. This will be an ongoing process and I will continually strive to gain confidence in this area and always have lines of communication open with the parents of the students in my class.

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NETS-T Standard 2

Andrew Bowen

9-3-12

Technology (SWU)

NETS-T Standard 2

 

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments 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 adept 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.

 

Main Requirement

The main requirement of NETS-T Standard 2 is that the teacher maximizes content learning by designing, developing, and evaluating authentic learning experiences and assessments. The learning is meant to be relevant in that it incorporates learning experiences that promote student learning and creativity.  Another main requirement is that the teacher provides a technology-enrich environment that is maximized to its fully capable limit to provide student experiences with technology to extent student earning. Another requirement is that the teacher addresses all learning style of his/her students through digital tools and resources. The last requirement is that the teacher provides students with varied assessments and uses that data to inform learning and teaching.

Self-Evaluation

My self-evaluation of NETS-T Standard 2 revolves around my ability to develop learning experiences to maximize student learning. Simply, I have to evaluate if I am maximizing student learning by designing and developing learning experiences. The first task I feel like I succeed at is that I make learning relevant inside of the classroom. I try to gear everything we learn about toward something in the real world that students can grasp ahold of. For example, when studying adding/subtracting decimal numbers, I like to allow my students to “buy” some things and add up their total. In this way, they are practicing lining up decimal numbers and adding money together. This is a practical skill they will use a lot in their lifetime.  I also personalize my lessons and gear them towards all of my students’ learning modalities. I include the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learner all in my lesson plans and my daily plans. I also provide my students with formative and summative assessments, which detect student growth and help me understand what students need help with and what they have grasped.  I lack providing a technology-enriched environment that allows my students to become active participants in setting their goals. I always allow students to set their goals but the technology enriched is my downward struggle. I work in a classroom that one computer exists and that is as far as the technology extends. I know that is no excuse, but I still need to extend it and make my classroom a technology-enriched classroom.

Strengths:

My strengths include allowing the learner to set goals and extending the learning to all modalities of learning. I gear every lesson to each style of learning which benefits all of my students. I feel I have strength in maximizing content learning through lessons, activities, and projects. I love to use contemporary tools such as new mathematical games online and review assessments throughout my units to review on some days.

Weaknesses:   

My weaknesses revolve around the technology-enriched classroom. My classroom consists of a computer and projector.  I do not have a smart board or tablet, which enhances the technology in my classroom, but I know that is no excuse. I constantly try to incorporate fun activities through computer sites and use the Internet throughout days, but I certainly do not feel I have a technology-enriched classroom. Not yet. I will constantly try to enhance learning through technological activities in my classroom. The major factor is if it is the best for the benefit of the students. If using technology isn’t helping the student, then why use it? Technology should not be a foundational point in the learning process but be used as a resource in student learning. I feel like I have a weakness in using technology as a key resource in my class, and that I am not yet reaping the full benefits of it for my students. I will constantly strive to make my classroom a more technology-enriched classroom that maximizes student learning.

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I Heard Them Say Love Is The Way Article Reflection

Andrew Bowen

9-3-12

Article Reflection

I Heard Them Say, Love Is The Way

BY MISS NIGHT ON 11 MARCH, 2011

http://missnightmutters.com/2011/03/i-heard-them-say-love-is-the-way.html

Summary 

Miss. Night’s article was a very interesting and informative read. She was really descriptive about how she incorporated technology into her kindergarten classroom. She talked about how she found a partner classroom all the way in East Borneo, Indonesia. They created an imaginary friend, which was a part of the fellow classroom. Miss Night and her kindergarten class learned about so many things ranging from maps, orangutans, and tsunamis. The project allowed each student to learn about real world things. The key thing that is mentioned at the end of the article is that the students showed compassion, which is not part of the standards, I might add. For kindergartens to show such compassion is overwhelming and worth every second a teacher has to slave over getting prepared or working on lesson plans. It is very true in that the world would be a safer place if Miss Night Kindergarten class ran the world.

Personal Reflection

I personally was amazed how young technology can impact students’ lives. Miss Night used technology to impact a class to maximize student learning. Students were actually learning and having fun on the basis of technology. They enjoyed it too. Their entire class was motivated by exploring a entirely new world! I feel like when used correctly, technology can a great tool. Technology can be used as a tool to escape the classroom in a sense. I believe learning isn’t made to happen just inside of a classroom. It’s meant to happen on a global scale at any time. Until we as educators see that the focus of learning is not to be sitting down in a classroom with a book open, education will never change and our society will always be on a dangerous path. Unless we can impact a generation of learners as a group of teachers who can escape the boundaries confined to those of a classroom, learning will never change. I believe we can impact and change starting with one student at a time like Miss Night is doing in her kindergarten classroom.

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Technology Through Years

Through my Students’ Eyes

Published by Cheryl Oakes in edtechguestblogger on July 10th, 2009

http://www.speedofcreativity.org/category/edtech/

Summary

The article, “Through my Students’ Eyes”, is a very informative and chronological blog about each grade and how technology is incorporated in some way. When each grade is listed, the student tells the audience how technology was used in their education experience. Throughout the earlier grades, the use of technology is evident and used in a way that impacts learning for the benefit of the child. Later on in grades 9-12, the student conveys a message that technology is looked over for content needs and lectures. In each grade, technology is a foundational aspect from 1st grade weather reporting all the way through 12th grade Facebook sneaking.  The student loved all of the creative ways early on in her/his academic career and wished in the later grades; technology was incorporated in a more creative way.

Personal Reflection

The article, “Through my Students’ Eyes”, was focusing my eyes on the use of technology in the classroom. There are no limits to use of technology in the classroom. I learned several ways technology could be used all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade whether in a good, scholastic way or a sneaky, tricky way. Why should I limit my students to boring lectures and constant writing when I can provide interesting and meaningful lessons and activities through the use of technology? I believe that technology can motivate and inspire some students if is it used in the right manner. I must always ask myself if the technology I am using is for the best of the student in his/her academic career and in my classroom. If the answer is yes, I feel confident that technology can spark minds to learn. I loved the article and felt bad for the student in his 9-12 grade schooling because it seemed that technology was frowned upon as a learning resource. I believe technology can impact a student in kindergarten all the way to graduate school. I believe that every classroom should use technology as a resource for the benefit of the student in any way possible. After reading this article, I will definitely look to incorporate more technology-based lessons/projects if the outcome is for the best of my stude

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NETS-T Standard 1

Andrew Bowen

8-30-12

Technology(SWU)

 

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

Main Requirements

The requirements of the 1st NETS standard are that the teacher’s objectives in the classroom revolve around thinking, being flexible and real world savvy to help students, understanding how reflection is critical in the learning process, and providing engaging lessons in which students are motivated and goal-oriented.

Self-Evaluation

My self-evaluation revolves around my ability to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. A main goal of mine as a teacher is provide satisfactory results that prove student success in whatever subject(s) that I may teach. In order to provide such results, I must inspire my kids. I always start my mornings by giving a morning “pep” talk to my students to try to get them to go the extra mile. I try to tell them that they can do things and be number 1 if they put in the hard work and focus on the subject matter. I believe nothing can limit what my students can grasp from my classroom or me. I believe I facilitate student learning by my constant “with-it-ness” in the classroom. I love to conference one-on-one in math to let the student know what he/she is excelling in and what he/she needs to work on. I believe that I model creative thinking in my classroom on a daily basis through engaging activities and strategic lessons which pinpoint what a student need to know and how he can remember such information through mnemonic devices for example. I love to incorporate real life situations into my classes especially in science. Currently in my weather unit, I am able to bring real-world information like Hurricane Isaac into my lessons on severe weather and how it shows up on a forecast. Through that example, I am able to use technology to allow students to see a map depicting live satellite images of Isaac. Technology provides authentic sources that extend children’s knowledge in my class. I believe I am constantly providing engaging lessons with my students in which maximum student learning is taking place. I work great with colleagues face-to-face but not in a virtual environment. I am beginning to implement Study Island as a virtual interface in which my students can extend their knowledge and engage in meaningful activities/experiments. I use both face-to-face engaging lessons as well as technological engaging lessons/activities.

Strengths/Weaknesses

Some of my strengths for the standard are my ability to provide meaningful content in an engaging way tat will leave a lasting impression, using reflection as a foundational tool in my classroom, and providing real-world issues which make my content relevant in today’s society such as the use of up to date satellite imaging of such storms like the upcoming  HurricaneIsaac which is beginning to hit the cost. I feel I have a strength in making my classroom very practical and useful in society by constantly giving real life experiences of content nature material and how one may use such material in everyday life/society.

Some of my weaknesses for the standard are that technology is used but I could use it in a more effective way in my lessons as an assessment tool, my virtual environment with my peers consists only of emailing back and forth (I could us technology in a better and more effective way when communicating ideas and lessons), and my last weakness is that I limit the use of technology in my class just for purposes of authentic resources when I could be using it as a facilitator, monitor student success, and also experiment tracking tool. I need to work on not limiting myself to just using technology for one thing like this week I just showed a quick visual of the water cycle when I could have let groups of students work together on an online lesson/activity depicting the water cycle which would have been way more engaging.. Those are my weaknesses I will continue to improve during my teaching career.