Standard 12: Evaluate and use technology for teaching and learning

Simply taking this course has inspired me to incorporate more relevant tech into my teaching practice, to benefit student learning. I really appreciated how Richard Snyder introduced meaningful, accessible and practical technology that I could apply right away with students. This has not always been the case with my past technology trainings. Hands-on practice using OneNote and Mix also helped me to see their possibilities. Too often during district tech trainings we are “introduced” to a new software or technology through a presentation, but we never actually interact in a meaningful way with the product, and thus never feel comfortable with it and never implement it.

I feel proud because, although during this course I remember feeling overwhelmed and oversaturated with new technology know-how, I realize that two years in to this program, I’ve implemented in a real and meaningful way most of this tech in my classroom! One Note Notebooks are now integrated into my teaching as well as student-created Digital Portfolios using Office Mix to record their speaking growth in videos.

I started sharing with colleagues around what I’ve learned:

and this alone is opening up new conversations and helping spread a technology integrated culture. One colleague who was sharing a classroom with me at the time, and is one of our SMAS coordinators, told me about a cool new app from Google called Google Cardboard. It is a Virtual Reality app that would allow students to take digital field trips around the world. How relevant for a World Language class! I want to see if I can incorporate this into my travel unit for Spanish 2. Also, I would love to someday figure out how to set them up with digital pen pals in a Spanish-speaking country.

We learned about explicitly teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom. We discussed HOW to explicitly teach skills such as

  • norms for collaborating using technology
  • hot to safely and responsibly use digital resources, including when citing and respecting copyright
  • knowledge of digital footprint

My self-identified areas for growth and my subsequent growth plan are as follows:

Referring to the student ISTE Standards, my  areas for growth are:

  1. Creativity and Innovation: My students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  2. Research and Information Fluency: My students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Referring to the teacher ISTE Standards, my  areas for growth are:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity: I use my knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
  1. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility: I understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in my professional practices.

Goal for Growth:

How do you want to improve your technology integration and leadership in your classroom and building (refer to specific ISTE Standards)?

I have already improved my knowledge of different technologies available that would be useful in my classroom, such as OneNote Class Notebooks and  Office Mix.

I would like to further improve my technology integration by creating more options for students to demonstrate creativity and innovation in my classroom. Going hand-in-hand with this is the teacher standard of Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity.

I have found myself continuously challenged by the 21st century rubrics (21CLD Learning Activity Rubrics 2012) and have thought about the need to push students to collaborate and think critically using new technology. This idea really stretches me, especially in a communication class like World Language where face-to-face interaction is emphasized and importance of technology is not.

–>How can I go about meeting this goal?

  1. Incorporate and explicitly teach students how to use
    1. Office Mix
    2. One Note Notebooks
    3. One Drive

to collaborate with one another, investigate and apply critical thinking skills to new situations.

  1. I will also have an English day (since my classroom is Spanish immersion) where I teach some of these tech skills and also discuss digital citizenship topics specifically related to research online and collaborating using technology.

New (to me) things I’m using in my classroom at this point, related to technology are:

  • Avatars: Spanish 1 students used the links I learned about in this course to create superhero avatars for their presentations of a classmate and his/her superhero powers (all in Spanish!)
  • OneNote Classroom Notebook: This has been a big shift! Students collaborate and post on OneNote class notebook now. I’ve continued this for the last 2 years, ever since taking this course.
  • Office Mix: Students now use the video feature to record baseline, semester, and end-of-year speaking proficiency videos that they upload to PowerSchool and use to form part of their Digital Portfolio (Wiki project) on our District’s PowerSchool site.
  • Skype: I have connected twice now using Skype to classrooms in México and around the USA
  • Teaching (some) digital citizenship: Students worked in OneNote to collaborate in groups and create a list of norms to follow when working with others online. NOTE: I’d like to go a step further with this and now have students read over each others’ lists and choose the most important norm to them, then create ONE class list of norms for collaborating online. 
  • Recording my lessons and sharing video clip online (For Accomplished Teaching class)
  • Twitter: I have now participated in #langchat multiple times and collaborate with colleagues who teach with a similar methodology as I do. I also find many authentic resources in the Target Language (Spanish) to use in my classroom. Students are able to tweet in Spanish for cultural homework and thanks to TweetDeck that I learned about here, I can follow their tweets for class and respond in Spanish.
  • I’ve made a marked effort to communicate more often with families, especially through email, but also using Haiku. I’ve started sending out monthly update emails to all families about what’s going on in the class, upcoming assessments, and important reminders.
  • I’ve worked to incorporate ISTE Standards and ideas about 21st Century Learning (ie. improve student knowledge construction). For me personally, this naturally manifests itself in my classroom simply because we are now actually using technology! Before students rarely pulled out their laptops in my class.
  • Google Cardboard: Would love to use in the future, especially when we enter our travel ‘unit’:  Annotated Bibliography for Incorporating Virtual Reality and Google Cardboard