Personal Technology Plan
J'aime HolderbaumPlan for Growth in Using Technology in Education
I believe that incorporating technology into the classroom is critical. Today’s students need to become productive members of our society and in order to function, live productively, and learn effectively, in our digital world it is of utmost importance that students learn about gathering and presenting information with the use of technology. As students communicate and collaborate with various technologies, they will develop interpersonal skills as well as become educated individuals. The use of technology in the classroom is a huge motivational tool as well. If students know that their work will be published on the internet for a real audience, it encourages them to display higher quality work.
In the classroom students should be learning about various methods of conducting research and gathering information using the internet. They need to be taught skills to use when obtaining information from the internet, such as understanding about copyright information. It is also important that they learn to question their sources and make sure information taken from the internet is credible. The National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS) state that, students need to “apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.”
As students evaluate and select information to conduct research, they will simultaneously develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills. In the NETS it states, that students should be able to learn “critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.” Alan November, author of Empowering Students With Technology, writes, “The Internet is the wild, wild West of information and there is no sheriff in town. It is essential that students learn information literacy: how to access and validate information and understand the organization of information (2001).”
Many applications inspire students to use creativity and innovation in their work. There are many presenting tools available for students to use when presenting information such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Students can create podcasts to broadcast information gathered. Google now offers a number of free applications that students might use as well to present information such as Google Docs (which is similar to a word processing program) and Google Page Creator (which allows one to create web pages). Incorporating technology into the curriculum encourages students to think “out of the box,” when designing various publications. It is important to teach students about various methods of publishing their work in differing applications. The NETS suggests that students, “apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes, and create original works as a means of personal or group expression.”
Integrating communication and collaboration technologies into the classroom enables teachers to expose students to a wealth of information that otherwise could not be possible. Video conferencing helps students to obtain real time information. Writing skills are promoted when students are encouraged to communicate using a Blog or e-mail. Students need to “use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others (NETS). The integration of technological communication and collaboration skills promotes the growth and development of digital citizenship in our country. They will begin to “understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology…(NETS).”
Exposing students to technology in the classroom, prepares students for experiences that they will encounter as adults. In order to compete in our global society we need to give our students appropriate technology skills as well as encourage creative thinking.
Click on the following sites to obtain further information on technology plans and standards:
National Education Technology Plan:
National Educational Technology Standards for Students:
Presently I have been employing a number of aspects of educational technology into my third grade classroom. Technology in my classroom is used for communication, modeling instruction, research, publishing, record keeping, and inspiring creativity and innovation.
To promote better communication between teacher and parent, I have created a webpage (http://msu.edu/~holderb3/). The webpage contains classroom information about important events, dates, and academic material. Parents are able to print permission slips and class news letters. They can follow the link to send me e-mail and discuss any concerns or questions they might have. Students have also published a number of web pages reporting on what is happening in our classroom on various academic subjects. As students work as a team to gather information, they develop positive collaboration skills as well as increase their writing proficiency. Parents have the ability to read these student created reports from the internet. Part of my webpage also contains a section that gives suggestions for links to follow in order to get extra help on an academic subject.
Powerpoint can be used as both a presentation aid as well as a stand alone instructional resource. At the beginning of the year, I created a Powerpoint presentation that outlines our third grade behavior reward program, “Superkid.” Students viewed the presentation on the first day of school. I also made it available for parents to view online. To teach third grade students about rounding numbers, I created a stand alone instructional resource. This resource gives students instruction and practice, as it makes use of a number of instruction techniques including scaffolding and the use of a metaphor.
Students use the internet in my classroom in a guided fashion in order to obtain information. They have taken part in a number of webquests. One webquest that I developed focuses on the Alaskan Iditarod! At times, students are given a graphic organizer to complete that guides them in obtaining specific information from a website. In order to learn about continents I developed a graphic organizer that led them to discover facts about each continent that was shown on a specific website. Students learn about core democratic values from viewing short story clips from http://www.michiganepic.org/coredemocratic/Flash/indexb.html.
I use video streaming in my classroom to teach a variety of subjects. As I taught about the continents and oceans, I created a file containing video clips as well as a song to teach about the continents.
The use of Excel is integrated into my math program. Click here to view a sample graphing lesson. I have used it as a presentation tool to model how to collect data and present it with different types of graphs. Students use it to create their own graphs and present information. In the future I plan to have my students use Excel to create timelines.
Presently, I am using WebGrader as my online grade book. Webgrader is an online grade book that I have piloted for our district. It is a standards based program that enables teachers to easily print reports and analyze standards. Click here to read my analysis of WebGrader.
I am planning to incorporate podcasting into my classroom this year. Although I have created a resource for other teachers to use when learning about podcasting, I have not had the opportunity to use this technology with my students. Now that I have researched various methods of podcasting, I am finding that a number of these websites are blocked in my district. Currently I am thinking about having my students create a podcast explaining how to solve a math problem. Another possible idea for creating a podcast is to have students interview someone.
Presently, these are the technologies that I have incorporated into my repertoire of teaching skills. Throughout my teaching career, I plan to continue to grow and develop as I pursue various ways of integrating technology into my classroom.
Throughout the next
two years, I plan to continue in the Master’s of Educational Technology program
The following timeline illustrates how I plan to enhance and
increase my use of technology in education:
~Complete my Master’s of Educational Media Technology through
~Take part in the Gen Net Pioneer Teachers group at the
~Integrate podcasting into the curriculum
~Continue to use various technologies in education
*Teacher and student created web pages
*Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
*Internet applications and internet research tools
*WebGrader (online gradebook)
*United Video Streaming
~Take part in “Read Across the Planet”
~Implement the Iditarod Webquest that I developed
~Explore communicating using Skype
~Introduce using e-pals in the classroom
~Student created digital video
National Educational Technology Standards for Students. “International Society for Technology in Education,” 2007.
November, Alan. “Empowering Students with Technology.” Corwin Press. 2001.