In order to “get in the game” with integrating technology into the classroom I realize that it is important to evaluate my skills and take a look at my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to using technology with my students. After reviewing ISTE’s technology standards for teachers (NETS-T) via http://www.iste.org/Libraries/PDFs/NETS-T_Standards.sflb.ashx I was able to identify areas I felt confident as well as areas that need improvement.
I feel that the two standards that are my weaknesses are 1. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning
Experiences and Assessments and 2. Model Digital Age Work and Learning. My GAME plan for creating digital learning experiences and assessments is pretty straight forward but very important. My goal will be will take to make sure this happens will be to dedicate one planning session each week to plan an integrated lesson for the following week. I will use the internet to try, find, and practice new activities/programs/and technology that would be appropriate for kindergarten students. I will also work and talk often and closely with colleagues that are also driven to integrate technology into lessons such as my team leader and the media specialist. This will allow me to collaborate and hear new ideas and become motivated to try new things. I will monitor my progress by keeping a record and folder of plans of what I am implementing each week. I can use this to evaluate my lessons and if I am staying true to my goal.
My GAME plan for modeling digital work and learning will involve a lot of dedication focus. My goal will be to discover and confidently use at least two new programs or types of technology on a regular basis. One thing that I would really love to eventually do would be to create a new blog that is interactive and dedicated to sharing teaching ideas. I may eventually use this blog to create this, but I love going to other teacher’s blogs and finding ideas and resources. I would love to be able to offer resources, links, and ideas of how to integrate technology via my own teaching blog that I would essentially update regularly. I always feel so motivated when I visit these other beautiful teacher blogs. So my goal would be to become extra blog-savvy and also become well versed and confident in at least one other type of new technology. In order to achieve these goals I will have to find and expose myself to new technologies. I will have to look at many teacher blogs and inquire when I don’t understand how something works or what to do. I will also have to speak to colleagues in order to learn more about the technology that I do not yet know about or understand. I will need to spend time just learning and playing around with different types of programs and technology. Once I have come to an understanding I will have to work hard to commit to updating and interacting with said technology on a weekly or even daily basis. I can monitor this by creating check points, such as by the end of May, I would like to have chosen my types of technology and by June I would like to have began posting to my teaching blog regularly. By July, I would like to be posting some simple links. At each check point I will reevaluate and see if there is a need to change my timeline.
Taking time to work on my weaknesses will take some work and dedication, but I will be able to increase my knowledge and confidence with using technology in the classroom. I will become more comfortable with integrating technology into my lessons, and therefore I will be likely to use technology more often. This will benefit my students now and in the future!