What I’ve Been Reading:
- Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many by Edutopia Staff
- What Is TPACK? by Matthew Koehler
- The SAMR Model – From Theory to Practice by Maggie Hos-McGrane
This Week’s Question:
- How can teachers and schools ensure that students are meeting technology standards in their school within an integrated model?
First, wow, these questions (the ones for Course 4) are tough! Really tough. They’ve definitely gone up a level.
Straight into It
Ensuring students are meeting technology standards, as you might expect, is no easy task. There are a number of pre-requisites that need to be satisfied before students can start meeting technology standards.
I want to stop here, just for a moment. I’m interpreting this question in two ways. The first interpretation goes like this: what needs to be in place to ensure students can meet technology standards? And the second interpretation goes a little like this: how can teachers and schools assess whether technology standards are being met by their students?
When I began this post, I was thinking more the first way. But now, I’m thinking more the second way. I might just try answering both questions.
One thing that I feel needs to be in place before students can start meeting technology standards (like NETS) is that teachers are meeting the standards. Is this a given? Am I just writing about the obvious? I really don’t know.
How are we as teachers expected to measure the degree to which a student has met a technology standard if we ourselves don’t fully understand the standard?
I just want to add here that I understand that there are NETS for students and NETS for teachers. What I’m trying to say is that teachers, ideally, should be meeting both.
Without really meaning to, I’ve realised my answer to the first question (the first interpretation) could also be used to answer the second question. How can teachers and schools assess whether technology standards are being met by their students? Well, having a teaching faculty that already meets those technology standards is a start.
How About Through TPACK (Ensuring Students Are Meeting Technology Standards)?
I didn’t make the connection between this week’s driving question and TPACK until just now.
Drawing up a TPACK diagram for a unit (even for a course) is one way of ensuring that units are aligned with technology standards – that units are providing students with learning experiences that enable them to meet technology standards.
I need to gain more experience with TPACK usage before I can comment on their effectiveness and thoroughness.