Response to NETS-T Standard 2

11 Jul

NETS‐T Response Standard Two 

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S.

 Teachers:

a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity

b. develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.

c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.

d. provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.

 Summary:

This standard requires the teacher to create or use digital tools and resources to enhance student learning.  These tools and experiences will make learning more applicable and meaningful for today’s student.  It will also make for a more interesting and stimulating instructional time.  The teacher should design a technology-rich learning environment where all students are free to be able to explore and research their own individual interests.  Students should be able to find answers to their own questions and curiosities.  This will result in the student’s ability to take responsibility of their own learning.  Students will be able to set goals for their learning and then pace themselves accordingly.  They will also be able to receive various forms of assessment during the process.  Teachers should make learning activities distinct, individualized, and special per each student’s needs and interests.  These activities should match the learning style of the student and target the specific strategy they need help with.  Digital tools should be used to accomplish this.  Finally, teachers should implement various forms of assessment that are aligned with academic and technology standards.  The data from these tests should then be used to guide further lesson pacing as well as instructional planning.

 Strengths:

As a teacher, the technology form I use the most would be my Promethean Board and flipcharts to enhance student learning.  The flipcharts are often embedded with websites, videos, songs, and activities.  My students love learning because they are never bored with my flipcharts.  My classroom is somewhat designed for technology use.  The students are able to get on the three computers on the day they are assigned or when they are working on a project.  My students use Compass Learning as well as Accelerated Reader and other educational websites.  We often will record projects and presentations on the Flip Camera or the class will use the VideoCam.  I use ActiVotes for immediate assessment.

 Weaknesses:

My greatest weakness in this area would be the ability for students to guide and pace their own learning.  I have not been able to truly customize learning activities.  I would love to bring more forms of technology into my classroom to create a better learning environment.  I am not completely confident when making flipcharts or Prezis and would like to be.

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