Sunday, September 9, 2012

Standards in Education

Standards in Education

    Making a Better World for Today's Youth

Technology Course Intro - ISTE Standards

          When I was in school, computers were not used very much. I did not know anyone who had a computer. In 1981, I graduated and went a year and a half to college before getting married and starting a family. I used a type writer to write papers. The first time I took a computer course was when I went back to college for a couple of semesters in 1999. Things sure have changed since my high school days. Now all I have to do is get on the internet and I can research anything that I want to know. I am finding this out even more since I have gone into the teaching program. I never realized that I could find lesson plans by goggling. There is so much information on the internet. Students must be lead in purposeful activities in the classroom that lead them to research and question the sources of information they are given so freely.

          Since our world has developed into a technology driven society, teachers must meet specific standards to ensure they are prepared to teach technology in the classroom. These standards are set up to ensure that teachers are effective in preparing our youth to further their education after high school, meet future career goals, and understand day to day technology.
When teachers have met these standards, they will have shown their competency  in constructing, enforcing, and evaluating learning experiences that will interest and motivate our youth in digital age of learning. In order to ensure that students are well prepared throughout their educational experience they also have  certain requirements and goals to achieve.

          As I researched
National Education Technology Standards (NETS) standards and North Carolina (NC) standards for teachers and students, the main difference was the one for NC student technology expectations. It was broken down into what is expected for each grade level. The early learners have to get the essentials down first as they learn to identify, understand, remember, use different technology, summarize, classify, Then as they progress then they begin to learn to put there basic knowledge into use. Students slowly learn to design, analyze, evaluate, clarity,compare, explain, and use technology appropriately.

          The International Society for Technology in Education and the National Education Technology Standards (ISTE/NETS) are the model standards all great teachers and students must aspire to meet. When teachers have met these standards, they will have shown their competency  in constructing, enforcing, and evaluating learning experiences that will interest and motivate our youth by using technological tools.
Effective teachers must meet the following standards:  
  • Lead and inspire students to be creative and learn. 
  • Develop and design technological learning experiences and assess students understanding in case teaching methods must be adjusted.
  •  Model current technology skills and a willingness to learn new technology to enhance teacher practices and student learning.
  • Model  and promote legal and ethical technology usage. 

The goal in the ability of students to meet NETS Standards: 
  • Strive to  become inventors of new and unique ideas and to be more creative

  • Become better communicators and team players
  • Understand how to research and validate information
  • Become critical thinkers, problem solvers, decision makers. Become youth who think for themselves and come up with solutions to the problems of the future.
  • Practice responsible and appropriate digital technology citizenship as they learn the legal and ethical consequences of illegal usage of computer technology.
  • Demonstrate sound understanding of technological  concepts, systems, and operations. 

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ISTE 2013 Forraging the Learning Frontier:


                    Reflecting  on TPACK

Give me a T...T!

         Give me a P...P!

                   Give me and A...A!

                           Give me a C...C!

                                    Give me a K...K!

What does it spell?!   TPACK
             What does each letter mean?

 A=And or (Grade Goal for students =)

                      What is it All About?

       Educators are interested in TPACK because it is a way for teachers and students build a significant and efficient
technological alliance. TPACK strives for teachers to not just know about computers, but they must develop a pedagogic or an art of teaching their subject well as they integrate computer technology into their lesson plans.
       TK=Technological Knowledge. The ability to use the software, computers, etc. software, computers, etcetera.

       CK=Content Knowledge is the content knowledge teachers must have to teach in their field of specialty such as Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, and more.

       What teachers are trying to convey to their students stems from Dr. Lee Shulman's idea of pedagamy of how to teach which is (PCK).
        (PCK)-Pedagogical Content Knowledge is where the pedagogical knowledge of a subject and content knowledge meet to allow teachers to effectively teach that specific content knowledge.
       TCK=Technological Content Knowledge in which a teacher may know the technology to support research in that field of study.
       TPK=Technological Pedagogical Knowledge is knowledge in which a teacher knows how to use technology to support teaching.
       The whole idea of TPACK is to accomplish a more productive way of teaching in a way that the students will learn while using technology they already use and learning how to use new technology. Technology, Pedagogy, and Content are a very complicated way to support good teaching. This entire package is called context by supporters who would defend TPACK.
       If a child is in Elementary School,the way TPACK will look would be different than someone who is in a higher education program. So ultimately, TPACK seeks to understand how the 3 domains of Technology, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge interact with one another in creating subdomains that are essential to understand and support effective technological integration. 

Slide Share for TPAK:

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TPACK Large Clip Art:

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TPACK Model Clip Art:,r:47,s:806,i:159&tx=66&ty=109