Professional Teaching Standard #7


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;

While teaching units that required use of internet searches, I educated them on the appropriate use of search engines and sites such as Wikipedia.  Although Wikipedia is oftentimes deemed an unreliable source, I taught students where to find reliable sources by using the “Resource” tab found on most Wikipedia pages.  These pages often link to reputable resources, and I taught students how to sift through the usable and unusable resources found on each page.

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

During various education classes while at Albion College, all prospective teachers were asked to contribute and reflect upon learning.  During these discussions we would post example lesson plans and share ideas based on our own philosophies regarding teaching.

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;

During a unit on Mexico’s struggle for independence, I created an online list of  resources linked to a previously existed webquest. These additional resources added to the educational nature of the project and added a lot of information that was left untouched in the preexisting webquest.

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;

Between class periods while using the aforementioned online learning environment, I added additional resources.  Using both resources that I discovered and those discovered by students (which I checked for accuracy) I would add them to the online database of usable websites. By adding additional resources as students did independent research, I was able to share information easily with all of my students instead of individually.

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

During all of my research projects, I make an effort to get students into a computer lab at least once.  These online learning environments and research opportunities offer a wealth of information.  In addition, these resources are easily updated and easier to search than physical research tools such as books and magazines.

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

For many of the speaking assessment activities that I have done in the past, I have employed the use of either voice recorders or video cameras.  By using these types of technology, I have found it much easier and much for effective to check for students’ pronunciation and enunciation and assess accordingly as opposed to only being able to take quick notes while listening to presentations, skits, etc.

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

Although learning some parts of  learning Spanish can be viewed as tedious by students, I have discovered that through online research and resources, I am able to find many new activities.  Many websites provide forums and discussion which allow me to gain further insight and participate in discussions to continue to develop teaching whenever needed.

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