1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their 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.
a. Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments.
- TE891 – As part of TE891, I chose to create a series of lessons that would be cross-curricular between the ISTE standards and the Nebraska content standards. Two of the lessons I created used Skype to connect my students with other studdents across the nation. The third grade students drew a fictional monster on the computer, wrote and typed a detailed description of their monster, and sent their description off to a class in a different US state. The partner classes in turn drew our monsters, and we met up on Skype for the students to compare their original monster drawing with that of their partners. My fourth grade students participated in several Mystery Skype sessions. The students were required to search the internet for facts about Nebraska to answer questions located on a Google form. Students knew several facts without needing to research, but we used Google to find additional information as needed. Once we knew all of our Nebraska facts for the Skype session, we met up with other classes and our students took turns asking questions to narrow down the location of our mystery partners.
Field Experience Action Plan (PDF)
Class Blogs on Kidblog.org
- TE886 – Kidblog.org is a great environment to allow students to learn about blogging and give them opportunity to collaborate with peers from our own town and across the US as well. Our students have showcased some of their digital work pieces on their blog along with writing samples and projects. We were also able to join in with another class and students had a “comment buddy” to interact with from a different state. While taking TE886, I was able to explore kidblog more in depth and find other ways in which students can interact with a larger audience. By using Twitter, we were also able to have people from all over the world comment on our blogs after we created new content.