Game plan working???
As I look back at my game plan I see that I have made strides to move forward. I wanted to work with communicating with both parents and students using technology. I mentioned that my county blocks so many valuable tools. In the last week I have received information on how to request sites be unblocked. The process takes about two weeks so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am requesting that blogging site like word press be unblocked so my kids can set up accounts.
I have set up the “mass list” for e-mail communication and it is really working well. You would be surprised to know that all the things students forget to relay to their parents :0) Keeping the parents aware of the schedule is helping out immensely.
Though my school blocks so many sites, we do have web pages at our despense. This is how I have tried to work on the second NETS-S of using all tools available. I am postig and using the calender on the site and I have also posted work that can be downloaded and used students. I am learning the INs and OUTs of the website still, but that is the standard–right???
I am finding the information that I need to implement my gameplan. I have not been working on programs that are used for assessment or artifact building as of yet. I need to re-direct some time and effort towards voicethreads or another form of technology.
A possible modification to my action plan would be to expand the depth of my plan… Go a little deeper into NETS-S. “If you have a limited domain of knowledge, you will have fewer resources to draw from in forming new ideas. (Laurette 2009). I need to expand my knowledge base. The easiest and a measurable way to achieve this is by working on becoming proficient in NETS-S.
Some new questions that have arisen are all good ones. How do — or can I use technology to improve my classroom. Can I make the students become self-directed learners by using technology?
I have learned so far that technology is not scary. I have also learned that technology should not be used just for the sake of using it… It needs to be useful and meaningful to add to the content mastery. If technology tools are used as the “dog and pony” show, then it is meaningless.
I plan to continue my GAME plan. My next set-up for improving my tech savvy is to implement the clicker system we have at school and use for a pre-test assessment. That way I can get instant feedback and see where exactly I need to focus my time and effort.