This semester I have learned a lot of new things about technology and the different ways I can incorporate technology into my future classroom. One thing I’ve learned for sure is that using technology really does engage students. I must say I have explored many different uses for technology this semester and it has made me anxious to put them to use in my future classroom.
Three concepts I feel strongly about:
- ISTE Standard 1b: Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
I think this an important concept because students have access to social media and it is a source where students find out what is going on in the world around them. There is much change in the world today that effects how we live no matter where we live. In order to engage students in exploring real-world issues I would incorporate the use of social media sites such as Twitter. Twitter allows students to explore real world events, as well as opportunity to connect with people around the world. News spreads very rapidly through social media and I think twitter is a great and current informational social site for students to gather information from real people. The students can put their creative minds to work and think of ways to solve problems not only in the U.S but in other countries or places as well.
- ISTE Standard 3c: Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation
I think this is an important concept because the collaboration of different groups of people is beneficial to learning. Involving students and peers as well as parents and the community allows everyone to work together to achieve goals. Everyone can learn from another person and each person brings different aspects or perspective to learning. In order to obtain resources to support student innovation I would incorporate blogs into the classroom. This allows parents, students, peer, and community members access and share information. It is a good source of communication which makes it easy for others to access from anywhere they have internet. It also gives students room to be creative and receive quick feedback from the teacher.
- ISTE Standard 4c: Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
I think this concept this is particularly important, especially in secondary education. Middle school can be some rough years for most boys and girl. Since I will be teaching middle school, I think promoting and modeling digital etiquette, as well as responsible social interactions is more than necessary when teaching. I would incorporate this standard by using the digital and online storytelling technology. Using these types of technology will allow students to create stories describing experiences and knowledge of irresponsible social interactions. Students can create stories about bullying, cyberbullying, plagiarism, etc. that model their understanding of the differences between negative and positive social interactions.