My Quest For Best Practices in Educational Technology

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The year I began teaching, I didn’t have a computer hooked up to the Internet. This was only eleven years ago. As I have adapted to the rapid changes in technology access that have occurred for myself and for my students, I have looked for fundamental principles to guide my teaching practice. Resources such as the Framework for 21st Century Learning (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2007), the International Society for Technology in Education National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers and Students (ISTE NETS, 2008), and Edutopia (The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2010) have been invaluable guides in my quest for best practices in educational technology. The final magnitude of the Internet explosion is still unknown. In the beginning, I was happy to see students using the Internet to conduct research and take hand written notes. Then, I created my own web site and students could access preferred links. Now, students use Web 2.0 tools to interact and publish content for academic and personal purposes. Web 3.0 tools now create semantic maps that interpret and anticipate our queries based on our history of use (Strickland, 2008). Understanding digital citizenship and the ethical, legal, social, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in PK-12 schools is now critically important. In my classroom, I model and teach legal and ethical practice related to technology use. Before beginning a technology-infused learning experience such as writing a documentary, participating in a collaborative wiki, or entering a podcast competition, I teach students the necessary elements of digital citizenship by providing them with information and resources, and by modeling. The principles of digital citizensh... ... middle of paper ... ...inistration. My role as a building technology contact (BTC) gives me the privilege of receiving current information to share with my school’s staff and technology committee. Recently, I participated in the decision making process that will result in implementing strategies to promote equitable access to technology resources for students and teachers. As the BTC, I recommended our school invest our new budget in the purchase of laptops. Laptops will give all students and teachers more equitable access as they are shared among classrooms. I will also facilitate the management of our laptops and train teachers on best-practice for their use. I look forward to this challenge. Having access to more laptops will motivate many teachers and students to learn about the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology. The training is mandatory.
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