The following Post is a paper I have written for a Masters class I am enrolled in. Please let me know your comments or questions below.
Throughout this course I have begun to push what limited technology knowledge I have to create a Blog, YouTube videos, Twitter, Podcast, and Wiki-Space webpages and sites and apply them with in my own class. This has been a challenge needless to say but the knowledge I have gain in such a short amount of time is unbelievable. My class has always lacked when it came to technology implementation and now that I have enrolled in this class I have had no excuses to not try out the new information I have learned. In the future I hope to apply these to my sub plans and to other grade levels. At this point I have begun to implement technology into the 5th and 6th grade class but I hope to continue this within my other grades as well. I need to teach my students how, “learning in this modern world looks, feels, and works” (Richardson 2015) so that they may feel comfortable in their own learning.
As I integrated more technology I was able see my students strengthens and weaknesses as well as my own. Before I began this adventure I was quite unsure of my abilities and worried that I would only confuse my students instead of enrich their learning. After beginning the lesson I saw that the complications I was so worried about were minimal and easily fixed by either myself or their peers assisting them. The students showed me that they were willing to learn as I learned and that it is well worth the risk to add more technology into the classroom.
By learning with my students I hope that they will see that it is never too late learn new information and that if it is important to you then you should work for it and the rewards will be there in the end. 21st Century learners not only need to know how to apply the technology they also need to know how to continually learn more about the equipment and its features so that they may stay up to date on the newest forms of technology. Leading by example is one of the best gifts I can give my students with the optimistic mindset that they will continue to be lifelong learners as well.
Tumblr is the next big tool I would like to introduce to my classroom. By the end of 6th grade I would like students to have a digital portfolio of their artwork. This site allows students to post their artworks or works in progress, questions and ideas without judgement. Students can gain honest feedback from other students. Their work will be cataloged and can be kept private in the beginning until they feel comfortable enough to allow the world to see their work. When their work becomes public they can gain new insight into their work and future ideas for projects. The site is filled with artists trying to show the world what they can do and get important input from others.
The biggest problem with this site is any potentially negative comments or inappropriate photos. This is why I have yet to implement it. I am hoping to find a more student friendly site, I have recently been looking into Art Amino. This site is monitored more heavily and has stricter guidelines. As such I would still like to have a test group of students set up a page and monitor the use for any potential issues before I have the entire grade begin.
Whichever site I do choose will assist my students in becoming ISTE Creative Communicators, Global Collaborators, and Empowered Learners (ISTE 2016). They should meet the following goals, “1c students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways, 6d students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences, and 7a students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning” (ISTE 2016).
I also hope to use this site as a new way to cover the first standard for Teachers according to the ISTE. The following is the first standard ISTE has set for teachers. “1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. A. Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness. B. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources. C. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. D. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face virtual environments” (ISTE 2008) . I believe this standard can be covered in its entirety with the successful use of this one app. As stated before I must address the comments and inappropriate photos before we begin this adventure.
With all of this in mind I have created two SMART goals for myself and my classes. The first goal being that by the end of the year I will have implemented at least three successful technology lessons with in 5th and 6th grade. The success will be based on the skills the students leave the lesson with. If 80% of the students are able to present the required skills then the lesson will be considered a success. The second goal will be that by my second year at this school my 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will all have a digital portfolio of their artworks. I would prefer this portfolio to be online and accessible to other students for inspiration and class critiques but this feature will be based on student safety. I will not compromise their safety or allow cyber-bullying just in the name of progress. As a class and as a community we will need to address these concepts prior to their sites going public.
I am planning to accomplish these goals with the help of the schools computer lab teacher and another tech savvy teacher I have recently found within the school. With these two teacher I believe I can create an art technology classroom that enhances our students learning and futures. Bill Richardson said “ We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.”
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