P4 – Practice the integration of appropriate technology with instruction. To me, P4 means that I will be exploring and trying new technology that will enhance student learning in my classroom.
As I look back in my syllabus for EDTC 6433, the goal of the class is, “to improve your proficiency with current and emerging educational technologies that can enhance your instruction, assessment, and professional productivity”. I can say that this class has achieved this goal and increased my proficiency and knowledge in technology in the area of education.
First, our class was in a Google plus community, sharing questions and resources on each of the ISTE Standards. I will be able to go back and access these resources at any time. Also, we were assigned a project for this course and we could choose a Digital Storytelling project or a WebQuest. I choose to do a WebQuest as I thought it related to my field of science and would be a project I would assign in one of my classes. The link to my WebQuest is: http://questgarden.com/179/22/5/150307003327/
The last area we looked at was online professional communities. Resources and tools on the internet can be so overwhelming, so these communities are a great place to connect with others in our content areas. I know I will be using the things I have learned in this class to enhance my instruction and I also have the courage to try new things and explore more communities on the internet. Thank you EDTC 6433!
E2 – Exemplify collaboration within the school. To me, E2 means that the staff are in communication and work together to have a positive impact on student learning.
In my internship seminar class, one of my assignments was to write a “Family Engagement Plan” and I would like to highlight one of those experiences from my internship. In December, one of my colleagues organized a student intervention meeting with a parent and student. This particular student was falling behind in his work and was having some behavioral issues with other students. I, along with his other teachers, was invited to speak and interact with the parent at this meeting.
The meeting began confirming that this was organized because we want to see this student succeed and we want to do all we can to make this happen. Because of this attitude and atmosphere, the meeting was successful and ended with a plan of what this student will work on with the help of his teachers. Below is an excerpt of the summary of the meeting sent to his parents.
I learned that it is good to collaborate with fellow teachers if there are issues with a student. If one of us is having issues, it is most likely that others are as well. Calling a meeting with the parents is positive because they see that we care and want to see their child succeed. Because of this meeting, this student has caught up on his work and we are continuing to monitor his behavior with the other students. Because of this positive experience, I will not hesitate in the future, to be a part of this type of meeting.
H1 – Honor student diversity and development. To me, H1 means respecting each of my students for who they are as a person and helping them to grow.
Because I teach at an international school, my students and their backgrounds are very diverse. Through my coursework and preparing for edTPA, I have been learning to incorporate student background and interest into my lesson plans. This helps to engage my students with the content material and honor their experiences as they share them with the class.
In one of my lesson plans, I am introducing my students to the nervous system of different animals. I begin by asking them, “Who has a pet dog?” Many of them raise their hand and I will ask them their dogs’ names. I choose one of these dogs as an example of what this dog does as he hears a car pull into the driveway. The response of the dog is all about the interaction of his nervous system. When I began the lesson this way, the students were immediately engaged and enjoyed learning about their classmates’ dogs. I then continued to use this as an example throughout the lesson as we learned about the 3 types of neurons and their interaction with one another. Below is an excerpt from this lesson plan.
I learned that using personal examples or experiences from my students engages them in the lesson and content. It helps them to relate what they are learning in the classroom to their personal lives and so increases the potential for retaining this information. I will continue to use this strategy for classroom instruction.
I am currently involved in the online science community on Edmodo. When I signed up for Edmodo, I joined this community at the beginning of the school year.
Daily I receive posts that show new resources or questions others have regarding science education. I have been led to great resources from this community and will continue to be involved.
ISTE NETS for Teachers – Standard 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
One of the themes under ISTE Standard 5 is to participate in global and local learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning. Teaching can be a lonely profession. About half of newly trained teachers will leave the profession after 5 years. There needs to be ways in which teachers can be encouraged and supported with the tools they need and in community with others (Transforming American Education, 2010, p. 39).
My question for ISTE Standard 5 is: What is a resource can help me connect to learning communities where I can explore applications of technology and resources to improve student learning in the area of science? My question led me to a blog on Edutopia.com where several resources for science teachers are listed.
I am involved in the Edmodo science community mentioned on this blog, and it is a great place to ask questions about science instruction. I also enjoy reading others questions and reading the posts that follow. It is an active community with many members. Another community that I plan on joining is the NSTA (National Science Teacher’s Association). This community hosts its own website and conferences for science teacher development with the goal of improved student learning.
Some teachers may not know how to navigate online communities. David Kelly has shared a resource on how to begin digital networking if someone has never been involved in one before (http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7012).
Learning about online communities and resources has been very valuable for me. I look forward to exploring these and other communities in the future.
Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. (2010, January 1). Retrieved March 15, 2015, from http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/netp2010.pdf