Technology and 21st Century Learning (Day 3)

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Labor Day weekend is almost here!  I am looking forward to it.  I believe you do too!  🙂

PART I: STANDARDS

As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. 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 on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: http://www.georgiastandards.org . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then 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 on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.

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

Except for these standards, there is another one that I like to use a lot.  The organization is called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  What they try to focus is also what we focus in EDIT 2000.  You can find some resources on their website.

 PART II: ASSIGNMENT

  • Reflection 3:   “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century”  Video Reflection
    See requirements and guiding questions here.  
  • Bonus Points Opportunity:  You will earn 3 bonus points by doing this assignment
    Go to the Teacher Boot Camp website.  You will see 5 important issues in education.  They are very important.  Think about this: each of you is from a different background, has different interests, and different motivations for learning — a lot like the students you will teach.  However, we just don’t have enough time to talk about them in detail in EDIT 2000.  Therefore, I want to challenge you all to complete the “Teacher Boot Camp”.  In small groups of 3 (no more than 4) – complete three pages  on our Boot Camp website. You’ll need to complete the handout as you work through each page.  Fill out one handout for each concept per group.  After your team complete the task, one of your teammates MUST PRINT out the worksheets and turn it to me next Wednesday (Sept. 4).

FOR WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.
  • Find some interesting web-based learning tools or Apps.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website IF YOU WANT THE BONUS POINTS.  We will talk about this on Friday.

SHOULD

  • Respond to the comments on your blog from your classmates.
  • Comment on another classmate’s first two reflections.

MUST

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