The ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS*T) and Performance Indicators for Teachers indicates that teachers should be able to design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments. Since I am not yet a teacher, these are the steps I plan to take to meet this NETS*T standard once I become one.
In order to create learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote learning and creativity, I would assign a research project. Students would include gathering information from online sources and then creatively deciding how to present that information to the class. Options could include recoding a “radio show”, making ...view middle of the document...
Programs such as Dreambox and Reading Eggs create self-paced lessons to match students’ individual needs. Dreambox for example gives the student choices when deciding which path to take and which activity to complete. Once a series of activities are completed the student can move on to the next lesson. This allows the student to manage their learning and assess their progress. Dreambox also allows teachers and parents to review the student’s progress.
I would also customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources. The amount of information and resources on the internet is overwhelmingly abundant. I would use websites designed specifically for teachers such as www.teachertipster.com as well as websites that allow experienced teachers to post activity ideas such as www.pinterest.com to gain knowledge and ideas on how to engage diverse learning styles. I would also create a spreadsheet for each student that allowed me to quickly reference their learning style and activities that would best accommodate the student.
Finally, I would provide students with multiple and varied formative assessments and use the resulting data to inform learning and teaching. To do this I would observe the students while they participated in digital age learning. I would also ask for their feedback on what they felt worked in the classroom and what could be improved upon. Based on the information I collected I would adjust my classroom instruction as needed.