My goal to “Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others” (International Society, 2008) by sharing the benefits of blogging with other teachers at my school is going well. I am all set to offer a training to teachers next week as we head back to school. I will of course need to monitor this as the school year continues. It is easy to get sidetracked by a busy schedule. I feel good that I have established some good habits this summer though in regards to blogging that will help me stay on task during the school year.
My other goal to “Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning” (International Society, 2008) has gone much better since revising my plan to follow fewer but the most pertinent blogs for me. Again this is something I will need to monitor once the school year begins and the schedule feels up. I can see many applications in lessons I have done previously with students, but as a co-teacher I make suggestions and the classroom teacher has the final word so I will hopefully win teachers over through example to this idea. I would love to start including blogging into our library projects as a way to promote writing and sharing with a global audience.
As a library teacher I have always implemented technology when applicable into the research process and product creation, but now I have more tools and a better understanding as to the purpose of integrating technology. Collaboration and communication skills are critical 21st century skills that technology can foster and promote (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009a). Project based learning is something I can increase in my practice and again I have to get the classroom teacher on board with this. Increasing the number of research projects that are also PBL projects is a goal of mine for this school year. There is such value in creating a real-world application through PBL for student engagement and to address 21st century skills (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009b).
Social networking is another area that I have used in the past but want to increase moving forward. I see an immediate use for Diigo in the library setting and with the research projects I help co-teach. I also use the collaborative features of Google Classroom, but I want to vary the tech tools I use for this by using VoiceThread, wikis, and blogs. I am super excited about using digital storytelling as it requires the combination of so many skills and can cover so many standards. I received an email from the Library of Congress about the use of poetry in the Olympics that ignited the idea to have students write poetry and share that through digital storytelling that I am excited to try out this school year.
Although I was doing many of the things advocated by this course, this course made me aware of the purpose and therefore increased my motivation to do better. I have learned about new technology tools that will help me increase my integration of technology as well as match the technology better to the learning objective. I am excited to start a new school year with the information that has empowered me to do better.
International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). National education standards for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009a). Integrating technology across the content areas: Spotlight on technology: Digital storytelling, part 2. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009)b. Integrating technology across the content areas: Spotlight on technology: Problem-based learning, part 1. Baltimore, MD: Author.