Standards, standards everywhere…

Technology in the classroom: riding the wave or drowning?

So far this semester, we’ve started to talk about the learners of today, and how they (you) like to learn. But how does that translate into the classroom? Will you, as a teacher, be able to meet the needs of learners like you?  Take a look at this brief snippet of a Frontline special. As you’re watching, think to yourself:

  • Which teacher do you agree with? Why?
  • What kind of teacher will you be? Why?

Standards to live up to
As teachers, you can decide how you’ll teach your learners, but you don’t have much say in what you’ll teach. Especially if you teach in public schools, you’ll have to abide by the state mandated curriculum.

In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas. You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking here. Select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). Consider these standards if you are interested in special education or speech therapy.

In groups, discuss and prepare to share your thoughts about the following:

  • What are some topics that surprised you? What topic is missing that you thought would be taught?
  • How will digital natives fare in this subject area? What particular topics will interest them?
More Standards

It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

It’s time to decide your focus for the rest of the semester. What grade/subject do you want to teach? View the GPS (or QCC) for that grade and subject. Send me an email if you’re having trouble choosing something or can’t find what you are looking for.

After selecting your grade/subject, return to the Digital Generation Reflection Google Doc you created last week and respond to the following questions:
4. What grade level/subject area did you choose? Why did you select it?
5. What are the main topics taught in this grade/subject?
6. What are some topics that surprised you? What topic is missing that you thought would be taught?
7. How will digital natives fare in this subject area? What particular topics will interest them?

This should automatically update on your webpage.

Don’t forget, your chapter 1 reading guides are due on Friday.

We’ll also look at your websites then to make sure they are looking nice. We’ve been playing around with tools and building our websites, but it’s time to polish our work. You can create another Google site for fun, but the one for EDIT 2000 should be considered your official portfolio. As such, it should be professional. That includes the language choice, your pictures, and your layout. What kind of site would you show to a future employer after graduation?

Make sure you have the following pages and revise them to meet the expectations of a professional portfolio:

Home This is the first page people see when they land on your site. Make sure you:

  • Introduce your site: What’s the purpose? What will we find here?
  • Include a representative picture
  • Optional: Insert a related gadget. Find additional gadgets under the Insert Menu.

About MeThis is your autobiography page. Using complete sentences, answer questions like the following:

  • What’s your current major and anticipated graduation date?
  • What are your talents and abilities?
  • Why should an employer hire you?

Digital GenerationThis is where we will link to your place-holder page for your Digital Generation Reflection page on Googledocs. Make sure you’ve followed the directions we discussed previously.

Sidebar NavigationThis is how someone can navigate on your site

  • Make sure your pages are organized the way you’d like them.
  • (optional) You can add a countdown to an important event. You can tweak yours to make it related to your future job (launch party, first day of school, couples workshop, etc.).
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