Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. What did you do on the weekend? I went to the Farmers’ Market in Watkinsville this Saturday and found it is a little bit different from the one in Athens. There are so many soap vendors…I wish I could grab a lot of the soaps. Just love the smell, but they are too pricy.
PART I:READING REVIEW
What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Was there anything that surprised you? Remember that you have a week to complete the reflection on your photo blog.
Which document did you choose to review? Why? When you read the document, I want you to think about one question: How does it relate to what you learned from reading the chapter/ standards/ your own learning experiences?
Please help me fill out the form (hard copy) to let me know which document is your final choice. If you haven’t decided yet or you missed today’s class, please come to see me and fill out the form before or after class on Wednesday.
PART II: WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING?
I have mentioned in our first class that you need to think about a grade level and a subject that you want to work on for the projects during this semester. Hope you all have that in mind now. You need to work on the content by yourself, no matter it is science, math, social studies, literacy, music or PE. Today, we are going to talk about the “what” in a more general and broad way.
When you are a teacher, you have already chosen a major that you want to work on. It can be math, science, social studies, language arts, music or PE. You are the professional in that field. And you also learn how to teach children. You learn how to do class management and assessment. Then we think about today’s kids, we say, as a teacher, we’d better learn how to use technology as well. A model called TPACK (or TPCK) is proposed to understand a teacher’s preparation for his/ her instruction. Let’s watch this short clip to get the basic idea about TPACK.
Now, do you understand what TPACK means? Let’s take a look at this Presentation.
If you are interested in knowing more about TPACK, you can find more detailed introduction on Dr. Matthew Koehler’s TPACK website.
To me, TPACK is not a difficult concept. However, how to apply it in the educational setting is an art. Learning something abstract is always difficult. In Chinese, we have a saying that it is like you are talking about martial arts on the paper. A coach can’t always use simulation or imagination to teach his players to play a good game. Therefore, let’s take a look at how teachers in a school in South Carolina put TPACK into practice. (Here is the report of this school.)
PART III: STANDARDS
As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.
You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: http://www.georgiastandards.org . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.
It’s time to decide your focus for the rest of the semester. What grade/subject do you want to teach? View the GPS (or QCC) for that grade and subject. Send me an email if you’re having trouble choosing something or can’t find what you are looking for: firstname.lastname@example.org
PART IV: MORE STANDARDS
It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):
- Creativity and Innovation
- Communication and Collaboration
- Research and Information Fluency
- Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Digital Citizenship
- Technology Operations and Concepts
Except for these standards, there is another one that I like to use a lot. The organization is called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. What they try to focus is also what we focus in EDIT 2000. You can find some resources on their website.
- Keep working on your reflection on the Meaningful Learning chapter 1. It is due this Friday (Aug. 31).
- Make sure that you have decided which document you want to read for this semester. The document is really long…so I want you to start early. Read a few pages every day.