Standard 7

Standard 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;  In my student teaching experience I saw the importance of understanding the equity, ethical, legal, social, physical, and psychological issues surrounding the student use of technology through our personal development meeting where such issues such the benefits and potential hazards of such online environments such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google were addressed.

(b)  Successfully complete and reflect upon collaborative online learning experiences;  I reflected upon the successes or drawbacks of using each online video or website in the classroom after implementing them into my unit plan.  It is important to reflect on and be aware of the importance of every online learning experience that you bring into the classroom. 

(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;  Creating an online learning environment in the classroom helps promote student knowledge of technology.

(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; When I was planning my Unit Plan I took into consideration the GLCES and Content Standards as I was planning which online technology to use in my lessons.  I made sure the websites and technology related to and upheld those expectations and standards.

(e) Implement curriculum plans that include effective technology-enhanced methods and strategies to maximize student learning;  Again in my Unit Plan I had students type out their stories on the computer. This helped students recognize the skills they need to successfully type, save, and use a document from the computer.  This maximized student learning by giving them a chance to independently work with technology.

(f)   Apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies;  In assessing and evaluating student learning through technology I used a website that is linked in below, to see what the students really understood about slavery by putting themselves in the shoes of a slave and their experience on their journey through the Underground Railroad.  This was done as a whole class yet each student had input and added at least three sentences into the story itself.  Earlier in the standards I posted a link to view the story created by the class and the website that guided us through the journey in the Underground Railroad. 

(g)  Use technology to engage in ongoing professional development, practice, productivity, communication, and life-long learning.  Using technology to engage in ongoing professional development, practice, productivity, communication, and life-long learning was something that became clear to me during my student teaching process.  I worked with students on Accelerated Math, Accelerated Reading, Star Reading Tests taken online, and implemented into my unit plan online interviews of the author we were studying.  Below is a link to one of the interviews of Patricia Polacco that we watched and a brief video clip of her talking about Michigan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II8Qq_QYT9Y (interview)  http://triciasmichigan.com/ (Michigan video)