Making the Most of Technology in the Classroom
Sep 19, 2009 E-Learning/CALL 1970 Views
In this day and age, technology is in constant motion of change. The goals that the NETS place are based on essential operations, concepts, social, ethical and human issues, among many other important factors. These standards are sensible, usable, as well as measurable. They also support the states' content standards as well as the NCLB. (No Child Left Behind Act) One of the most important goals in this agenda is to better prepare students so they can be continuous learners. The ITSE shows how to stay up to date on new technologies in education and other related areas. It is our job not only to teach the core subjects, but to also help students and fellow teachers make informed decisions about the role of technology. Similar to how NCLB has standards for every grade level, the NETS places standards for every grade, K-12.
In order to make sure all students are caught up technology and its fundamental uses, teachers must be aware, informed and on top of the change. By setting certain goals for every grade level, it ensures that the standards are being met and displayed by the students. The way these standards will be met is first for the teachers to demonstrate a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. Teachers will need to meet certain standards according to the grade they are teaching. A common way these goals can be met is by applying certain resources of technology to classroom activities. Some examples may include telling a story of the Holocaust using digital story board. Another example is supplying every student with their own laptops to collaborate and communicate with other classmates regarding homework and class projects. However, in order to meet these standards, the resources must be used among
the educators as well. Teachers/educators also will be required to engage in workshops, conferences and classes to help them reach those standards.
In brief, the competent teacher will meet the standards and use what he or she has learned in the classroom. It is essential for a competent teacher to apply the tools given to enhance personal professional growth and productivity. The competent teacher also will apply learning based technology to support their lessons in their grade level and subjects. It is very important for the competent teacher to apply concepts and skills in order to make decisions regarding the social, ethical and human issues related to computing and technology. The competent teacher will also collaborate with other teachers and the larger school community. He/she will also be productive, develop information literacy skills in order to access, evaluate and apply the information to better teacher and learning. In other words, a competent teacher is not one that can only use the technological resources. A competent teacher is one that can use what is given from technological tools to better enhance the student's education, as well as their own profession in everyday applications.