3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning
Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.
c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats.
d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning Effective teachers model and apply the NETS·S as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community. All teachers should meet the following standards and performance indicators.
- Our school district wished to increase communication between parents and staff throughout the district using staff blogs. We are a Google Apps school and already had access to Blogger as part of the Google Apps Suite. The technology staff created blogs with several posts to showcase what a functional blog could look like and how to keep a blog up to date with relevant materials. I created my own class blog where I could write about what my students were doing with technology during the school day as well as provide a way to push information to parents that I deemed relevant. After showing staff the importance of blogging and the ease of maintaining a blog, we helped all district staff create their own blogs. As part of our training sessions we provided rational for having blogs, guidelines to keep in mind when blogging and several examples of blogs we thought were well done. It was a great experience and I continue to work with staff to help them update their blogs and troubleshoot any issues. Currently my school blog also feeds into my professional website as well so posts on my class blog also show up at www.techfortheclassroom.com.
- Blog Presentation for Staff (Google Presentation Format)
- Class Blog for K-4 Technology (Link)
- TE886 – Quick Response codes have several uses in the classroom and as part of TE886, I designed a scavenger hunt based on basic Nebraska Social Studies where students could use a mobile device around the classroom. Students scanned a QR code and were given a question for they and their partner to answer. Answers were recorded on their choice of note taking software and then turned into the teacher. In order to help staff with their understanding of QR codes and how to effectively use them in the school setting, I also developed an online presentation and set of resources showcasing the benefits of QR codes. I also presented specific ideas of how incorporate the use of QR codes regardless of content area.
- QR Code Scavenger Hunt (PDF)
- QR Codes in the Classroom (Google Presentation Format)
NE Books Project.
- My students were able to work on an eBook project for the state of Nebraska during the 2013-14 school year. I helped my students create an alphabet book about our county and some of its history. We learned research skills, references and copyright as well working collaboratively as we shared a single Google Document to host the text of our book. The students worked with partners to research their local topics online, find photos and write narratives for our book. All photos were used with permission and we were able to work with several agencies to create a collaborative book. It was a great experience for my students to work together and create a project to share with the rest of the world. The book is currently only available for viewing on an iPad or Mac computer.
- iBooks interactive book (ibooks)