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