The recent pilot for the teacher technology assessment really was an eye-opener! Not only did we learn something about ourselves but we learned that we have a long way to go.
Since this assessment is based on the new NETS-T from ISTE, we may need to examine these standards carefully and I know we can learn better now to change our thinking about technology integration.
I recently began an online class with 21st Century Learning and one of the main focuses of the study is concerning digital immigrants and digital natives. (http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/) Teachers are immigrants, speak with an accent, and have a hard time dealing with digital natives. We are different! We must change the way we think, the way we teach, the way we learn. We must be ready and willing to change.
Let’s take one NETS-T standard at a time and discuss ways to think differently and make our classrooms more digitally instructional so our students (digital natives) will be more engaged and learn the skills they need to be successful in a digital world.
Standard 1: (we scored an average of 64.58% on this standard on the assessment) 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.”
In Part a, we need to ”promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness”. How can we accomplish this?
I think the first thing is to accept change. Then, we can be more flexible, more open to possibilities, and always strive for improvement. Innovative thinking may take some practice and some time to master but it will certainly change the way we view classroom instruction and technology integration. In what ways do you allow creative and innovative thinking in your classroom? What digital tools do you use for encouraging creative and innovative thinking?
Post your comments, thoughts, suggestions, or questions on standard 1, part a. Then, come back to get ideas from others as they are discussed.