I explored Weebly as my technology tool. I use it for two of my classes currently and find it very effective and easy to use. In my own classroom I would use it in a similar way, to have student's display their assignments/work. Using an online website makes assignments more fun and interactive to do and gets students excited to work. The ISTE standards this tool aligns with are Standard 1, 2, and 6.
Week 2 (Reflection 1)
For my content area being grades 9-12 English I start off by going to the state standards website. There I can find all the standards I may be faced with while I plan my curriculum throughout my teaching years. ISTE standards are standards with a focus in technology, technological skills that students should be able to accomplish in the classroom. There are many different lesson plans to chose from when it comes to choosing one that fits your learning object. The main thing to consider when deciding on a lesson plan is how it will affect the material you are teaching, and how effective it will be on the student’s. It is up to the teacher to consider all the factors that might affect a lesson, and how to adapt to any changes that might be necessary. My personal philosophy of education will be reflected on my lessons through engaging and entertaining activities and lectures.
Week 4 Presentation Reflection
Which presentation tech tool did you explore? How might you use it in the classroom?
I explored the presentation tool Glogster for my content area. Glogster is an easy to use tool that allows students to create personalized posters to present material. I would use for in class presentations or for individual assignments that the student's could send to me, rather than writing an essay they can create a glogster on a topic.
How could this tool add value to a lesson with K-12 students?
This tool allows students to express creativity and engages students when they are presenting. It also teaches students how to use the technology tool for future presentations outside the classroom.
Which ISTE-S standard(s) does your example align with?
Standard 1: Empowered Learner- Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
Glogster helps promote these standards.
Standard 2: Digital Citizen- Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
Standard 6: Creative Communicator- Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
6a, 6c, 6d
Week 5 Reflection
I would connect content and lesson activities to the standards and lesson objectives by finding content that the students can relate to first. Then, I would base my assignments and progress measuring tools to fit in with the standard requirements. I wouldn't make the students do any assignments that wouldn't relate to the content or standards.
In order to structure a lesson to allow students to progress at different learning rates, but also maintain pacing that facilitates completing lesson objectives in a timely manner I would consider all my student's abilities. Pairing or group work is ideal for these situations where you can create groups with students who all have different strengths and learning speeds, but together they help encourage each other and collaborate ideas.
When doing collaborative learning it's important to hold every student accountable even though it's a group. Do not grade the entire group, but the student's individually as well. This will help hold student's accountable and ensure they're all working together and doing their part.