Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Leading with Technology
Teachers entering the profession today are expected to demonstrate proficiency in National Education Technology Standards (NETS). As teachers progress through candidacy programs, they are expected to become fluent in the NETS. Simply getting teachers proficient in the NETS, however, does not guarantee that digital classrooms will be created once the teachers enter the workforce. States and districts must also follow through in funding and supporting classrooms which provide access to digital information and resources. Upgrading classrooms with SMART boards and a teacher-computer is a step in the right direction, but still falls short of appropriate access as stipulated in NETS. For instance NETS 4b states that effective teachers..."provide equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources". Upon review of the NETS, and the 2008 State Tech Grades, where does your teaching/school fall? What are your thoughts? Provide examples when necessary.
*National Educational Technology Standards (2008)
*2008 State Technology Grades. EdWeek.org
21st Century Learning - 101
During our recent workshop hosted by the National Staff Development Council participants were posed with a series of scenarios regarding change as it relates to 21st century learning, intelligence and "skills". Read their innovative ideas as they relate to implementing 21st century learning. (click on scrolling links)