engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources). The key words in this indicator for me are 'real-world issues' and 'solving authentic problems'. I am striving to utilize technology in a way to that promotes problem solving skills and creativity, not simply practice academic skills. The other indicator I would like to enhance is 3.b (collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation). Within this indicator I would like to focus on collaborating with students.
Doesn't this sound like a great idea? Of course, great ideas are simply that..ideas. To make these ideas turn into reality I must have a plan, specifically a GAME plan. Cennamno, Ross, and Ertmer (2009) explain that the GAME plan should include:
Set Goals: My first goal is to create more meaningful real-life activities for my kindergarten classroom that utilize technology and promote creativity. I see this goal as an opportunity to create more project based lessons within my classroom. My second goal is to collaborate with students to enhance their learning through the use of technology and digital tools. I specifically want to create a class blog where my students are able to post daily.
Take Action: I will research what other kindergarten teachers are doing to include project based activities. I am already finding many examples of wonderful projects. Here's one about school buses! I will set up a classroom blog and begin teaching my students how to summarize our learning and our day to create a post. I will also find other kindergarten blogs to show my students. Here's an example of an individual student's blog. How cute it that????
Monitor Your Learning: As I begin this process it will be imperative that I track my learning and progress. As needed I will adjust what I am doing to fit out needs.
Evaluate and Extend Your Learning: I don't see these goals as a final destination but a continual improvement plan. As I complete each project I will need to reflect upon my learning along with my students' and make any other changes that need to be made. As I look at extending my learning I will be able to include more project based activities that include technology and digital tools. I will also be more skilled at blogging and finding learning opportunities within blogging.Any suggestions to help me be successful??
Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). National education standards for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/Libraries/PDFs/NETS_for_Teachers_2008_EN.sflb.ashx