5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
a. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
b. Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
c. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self- renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.
- TE877 – Many of our staff were not familiar with Personal Learning Networks and the benefits it could provide their professional career. In order to help staff harness the power of PLN’s, I created a WebQuest to explain what a PLN was, how to create one using Twitter, and how to find Twitter users that shared common interests. The desired outcome of the WebQuest was for teachers to create their own PLN to better themselves as educators. In the end we desired for staff to collaborate, share resources, and build community with like minded people.
- PLN Webquest (HMTL based)
Field Experience Action Plan
- TE891 – As part of TE891,the purpose of the field project was to find ways to adapt either the technology curriculum to support the inclusion of classroom content, or to enhance the general curriculum through the use of technology in the computer lab as well as through a mobile computer cart. I met with teachers to review content areas and we brainstormed ideas on integration and assessed necessary skills needed to complete the activities. I also met with staff and helped them find technology resources to assist the regular classroom content. Student progress was recorded on my classroom blog.
Technology standards were chosen from the ISTE Standards and Nebraska Content Standards were included at the end of the document for standards support covering the general classroom.
- Field Experience Action Plan (PDF)
- TE878 -To aid in the development of a technology plan during the 2013-14 school year, the Chadron technology department conducted surveys for students, staff and parents in our district. We wanted to gain an understanding of district perceptions about technology use as well as how technology is being used by all stakeholders. We analyzed survey results to gain an understanding of how stakeholders used technology, what they would like to see, and how we could improve our technology plan. We had a large percentage of students participating and using social media. The survey results showed us a need to address digital citizenship and online safety to both students and parents. As a result of our findings, we are implementing the Common Sense Media curriculum K-12 to help our students become better digital citizens. We also implemented an e-reader program to allow students free access to books, but only a small percentage of students knew about it. In turn, we were able to promote that program more heavily. Staff surveys allowed us to revise professional development strategies to help meet the needs of staff and train them in areas they felt insufficient. The survey results for staff also helped us plan for hardware/software acquisitions in the future as budget allows.
- District Survey Results (PDF)