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February 16, 2011

NETS-S are very engaging and I believe the students would be thrilled to have a GAME plan to discuss the NETS-S.  The reason being the use of technology in the classroom… They love using technology and if they  focusing on it to a certain degree in a Math, Science or any other class than technology, they would be ecstatic. 

The game plan could be used with students on select standards.  I have found that small “baby” steps are best when learning new concepts.  So perhaps focusing on one a month would be a good way.  I would focus on standard 1 first because it involves using tech tools.  Using the tech tools will create opportunities to communicate globally, critical thinking skills, citizenship and all the other standards on NETS-S. 

The “action” part is also addressed through th use of web 2.0 tools.  This is where the students are actively using the tools and gaining  deeper understanding of the programs.  Also, the “monitor” part of the game plan is done with the use of the tools.  The students will be assessed by their correct use of what ever tool they used. 

Lastly, the GAME plan has been keeping me on track with my stated goals and I think it would do the same for the students.  “Out of sight, out of mind.”  That saying rings true for students…  If they are not constantly addressing a topic or standard it is not important.  However, at least  a weekly visit to the GAME plan would keep them motivated and aware of the goals.

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  1. February 19, 2011 9:22 pm

    Christopher,
    I think you have a great plan for addressing all of the NETS-S. It’s not easy for one content area teacher to modify their lessons to incorporate technology, especially if access to technology is limited at your campus. However, the NETS-S are broken down into 6 categories with a total of 24 subcategories. You will find that many of these subcategories can be combined with one another. For example, NETS-S 1A and 1B under Creativity and Innovation could be combined into one small project that ” (a) applies existing knowledge to generate new…products….” by (b) “creating original works as a means of personal or group expression.” By combining some of these standards, you can consolidate the amount of assignments and time your students would need using technology. Now, don’t get me wrong. If you can have the students on the computer everyday, go for it! They would love it! Once again, however, I know how difficult this tends to be for core teachers trying to schedule time in the computer labs or checking out technology for their classrooms. If you’re able to combine some of these, then you could possibly have integrated technology lessons 2-3 times in a 6 weeks period. This might be a little more attainable.

    If we had more core teachers that had your desire to find ways to incorporate all of the NETS-S throughout the year, our students would definitely get the reinforcement of the standards and time they need to process and master these skills.

    Shanna Falgoust

  2. Laurie Tanner permalink
    February 20, 2011 12:12 am

    I really like your idea of addressing one standard at a time. I think that teachers are sometimes just as excited as the students to be using technology in their lesson plans, and there is sometimes the tendency to do too much at once. Building slowly and steadily is much better that overwhelming the classroom with too much information to absorb.

  3. Teresa (Katie) Grote permalink
    February 20, 2011 12:54 pm

    I love the idea of taking the standards one step at a time. Taking baby steps is a great way to address all the technology standards. One a month sounds like a great plan!! Addressing the technology standards with students and teaching them those skills is going to be important for their future success. I have found that my students love to use technology no matter what class they are in! Technology is no longer used just in computer or keyboarding classes, it has begun to span out into all content areas!

    • February 20, 2011 8:13 pm

      As I use or implement tools, I will post the standards and tools up in the class to remind the students how much we have covered and the tools at their disposal. That way, when they are given the opportunity to choose the tool they want to use, they will have a “cheat” sheet to use.

  4. February 20, 2011 1:04 pm

    I love the idea of taking baby steps in taking on these standards. This made me reflect on my own teaching and planning. Often times I want my students to eat as much as they possibly can in terms of digesting new concepts. Your post helped me to remind myself to slow down! Thanks!

    • February 20, 2011 8:11 pm

      The idea of baby steps is to not overwhelm the student or myself… Take for instance tis program here at Walden, if we would have had a different assignment everyday (week) incorporating a new technology and then just move on to the next tool… We would not get a full appreciation or understanding of the web 2.0 tool…

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