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NETS Standard 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning (more at ISTE)

Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teachers:
  1. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations. 
  2. collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation. 
  3. communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.
  4. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
Examples of my work for this standard. How I apply this standard in my teaching.
  • With new technology appearing at an increasingly rapid pace, classrooms have to continually keep pace with and be aware of what is going on in the outside world. This refers to several things. First, classrooms must be able to maintain a level of technological competency that is close to what students are exposed to outside of school. Maintaining classroom websites is one of the simplest ways to do this, and in most cases is mandatory. While most social networking sites, like Facebook and Myspace, are blocked, some schools may allow Twitter to be used by teachers, which is a great way to keep parents and students up to date with what is happening in the classroom.

    Second, since many students have access to a computer outside of school, many will do their homework using their household computer. Teaching students different programs that can be used to help with homework and projects is now no longer delegated to only the technology/computer teacher. Classroom teachers must be able to demonstrate and explain how to use these programs as well. With this in mind, it is important to make sure students have guidelines of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable when using the computer at home, particularly what programs or internet websites are appropriate to use. Teachers must be aware of new sites that are easily accessible that may allow students to forge or cheat on their work. More on this can be read under Standard IV.

    Finally, it is important to keep tabs on what the school and/or district has available technologically, whether it is a physical tool or a new program. When new technology is brought into a school, it would be pertinent to be trained in using the technology as soon as one can. This would not only allow a teacher to immediately use the new technology in their classroom, but also show the school administrators that they are taking initiative to be a leader in the school.
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Created by Joshua B. Frisch - Last Updated: April 2011