The first standard I would like to strengthen is NET-S 3(c) “communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.” I believe this would be a good standard to improve upon first because I could use some of the tools that are already at my disposal.
My goal would be to facilitate information to parents and students using a variety of technology. My first goal would be to create an e-mail list with all my parents e-mail addresses. I would then proceed to send out a weekly “newsletter” of everything that is going on in the classroom. (Upcoming assignments, test, homework, etc…) I would also direct the parents to my webpage, which is my second goal…
My second goal would be to start using and maintaining my webpage on the school website. On this page is a calendar I could update so parents can stay up to speed on due dates and upcoming assignments. I can also upload to the page previous assignments. So when students are absent, they can simply go to the page and print off a copy or look at the assignment.
There are some immediate actions I must take to be successful. First, I must take the time to create a distribution list of all my parents e-mail addresses. The only way I know how to do this is to manually go through and type in each one. Once I am finished with that, I need to take the time to write the news letter each week. My plan of action for that is to set aside 20 minutes every Monday morning to type up and send out the news letter. After typing my newsletter, I will spend the rest of Monday’s planning updating, uploading and working on my webpage.
The way to monitor my action is to keep a simple checklist. “Did I send out the newsletter?” “Did I update my page?” These are two simple questions I can ask myself every Monday before I leave school. If the answer is no to either one, I simply sit down and take care of it. I will evaluate my goals by assessing the amount of feedback or interaction I have with both the parent and the student. Am I making fewer copies? Are students turning in their assignments on time? Fewer questions asking for make-up work? Improved test scores because parents are seeing, from the newsletter, their student has a test Friday and has them studying a little every night. These are some of the questions I will assess and reflect upon when evaluating the strengthening of standard NETS-T 3(c).
The second standard I would like to strengthen is NETS•S 2 (a) design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity. This standard deals with the direct implementation of technology into content learning.
My goal is to effectively use technology tools to expand content learning. My first plan of action is to become confident with all the programs that are available. If I strengthen my knowledge on technology I will be better suited to integrate it appropriately and not just use it for the sake of using it. Through my Walden classes and my own exploration, I will develop a level of expertise in programs or technologies such as blogs, wikis, audacity, concept mapping tools, skype, voicethreads, etc…
After I have developed sufficient understanding of a technology tool I will implement it into my content mastery. I need to be mindful about just using it to use it. I need to make sure that the technology is expanding or strengthening the content mastery. Through the implementation of the technology I can monitor and asses the success of it. As with all lessons, I will evaluate and adjust after the lesson to ensure my goals are being met.