7.  TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS
Use of technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning, personal/professional productivity, and communication, including the ability to:

a.    Understand the equity, ethical, legal, social, physical, and psychological issues surrounding the use of technology in K-12 schools and apply those principles in practice;

Before students found resources for their research papers, I gave a lesson on the use of unreliable websites including Wikipedia.  Students now better understand that not all of the information on the internet is reliable and are able to evaluate sources.

b.    Successfully complete and reflect upon collaborative online learning experiences;

In Education 248, we examined different online resources to potentially use in classrooms when teaching.  We participated in different online forums and talked as a class and decided which resources we thought would be most valuable to use as teachers. 

c.    Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to create an online learning experience, and demonstrate continued growth in knowledge of technology operations, resource evaluation for quality, objectivity, and reliability and concepts including strategies for teaching and learning in an online environment;

With the help of the school librarian, I created a website for my students to use at their individual need.  The use of the website on their own time allowed class time to be used for the teaching of more pertinent information.

d.    Plan, design, and evaluate effective technology-enhanced learning environments and experiences aligned with Michigan’s Content Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations and Michigan Educational Technology Standards for each student;

After the research paper website was created and used for one block, I evaluated its use and adapted it for the next class to use.  I think the enhancements of the site helped students see its usefulness more.

e.    Implement curriculum plans that include effective technology-enhanced methods and strategies to maximize student learning;

I noticed that when I have students participate in power point presentations they focus much better.  I often project the presentation on the board and have quiz questions for students to answer on white boards as the presentation goes along.

f.    Apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies; and

Marshall High School has a test generator I used to type a test I created.  The generator was very convenient because it also printed the answers for easier grading and multiple versions of the test to prevent cheating.

g.    Use technology to engage in ongoing professional development, practice, productivity, communication, and life-long learning.

After conducting my action research project, I have continued to do research on the subject reading many online journal articles about student reading and motivational strategies. 

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