As a teacher, I understand that I must step back and analyze my teaching practices and dispositions. I believe in order to grow there must be reflection and self-assessment. Although I am a technology native, I have not had much formal training on using technology in the classroom. The International Society for Technology in Education has compiled a list of technology standards and performance indicators. I have taken a look at this document and have identified areas where my practices can improve. I have found three areas I believe I can strengthen. My goal is to grow in the following areas.
3d Manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment
5a . Use technology resources to engage in on going professional development and lifelong learning
5d Use technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents, and the larger community in order to nurture student learning
My actions for 3d are:
¡ Utilize student’s cell phones/ home technology for lessons (photography lessons, audio rescoring, posting to blogs)
¡ Keep an updated classroom blog for a flipped classroom model and to benefit students with poor attendance.
My actions for 5a are:
¡ seek professional development opportunities focusing on technology
o in the city
¡ Continue to read blogs
o Implement findings/ideas from blogs in the classroom
My actions for 5d are:
¡ Require students to have an email address and online grade book login
¡ Keep a classroom blog that is linked to the community
¡ Reach out to parents using technology
o Celly (text service)
o Social media
I will monitor my growth in these areas by keeping a checklist and journal. I believe keeping these documents will help me hold myself accountable for meeting these goals. I will also map out specific steps I need to accomplish before meeting these goals. For example, I will need to get parent’s cell phone numbers and email addresses to communicate with them using technology.
I will evaluate my completion by referring back to my checklist. If I have completed items on the checklist, that will be a measurement of growth. I hope that my development will improve my classroom environment.