Who and What You Are Teaching?

Housekeeping:

  • Any question regarding your Google Site? Once you have all the things I asked on your site, you are good for now. You will have the entire semester to change and edit your site. So don’t worry if you are not completely satisfied with it.
  • Have you shared your Google Site with me?

Hopefully, you’re getting a better understanding of what our course is about. For many of you, your context in EDIT 2000 is that of a new teacher working to balance administrative constraints with your desire to create an innovative, interesting classroom. For the rest of you, using technological tools in the workplace to improve communication both within the organization and with external customers will be important. The more you find ways to personally apply what you learn in our class, the more you will reap the benefits of your new knowledge.

What we are going to do for next couple of weeks is foundation building. Before we actually learn about the role of technology in K-12 classrooms, we should know who, what, and where you are teaching. These should determine and guide tools we can use and how we want to use them.

PART ONE. Who Are You Teaching? — Presentation

One of the most exciting parts of teaching is meeting your students. There aren’t many careers where every year (or every semester) you get the pleasure of meeting anywhere from 20-100 new people. It’s really one of the gifts of the job. Good teachers know their students. Better teachers understand their students. One path to knowing your students is to understand their generation.

Students you will teach (and any of you born after 1982) are sometimes called “digital natives” a phrase coined by Marc Prensky. Most of the teachers you’ve had are considered “digital immigrants”. Let’s watch this video about 21st century learners.

Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why?
How does the idea of a digital generation impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?

If you want to learn more about the Digital Native debate, you might want to read this article by Jamie McKenzie.

PART TWO. What Are You Teaching?

Content 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”, or GPS. They are written for every grade level (K-12) and most subject areas. You can view the standards for your subject area on the left navigation of their website. If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards as well. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others), view the “Quality Core Curriculum Materials” – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet).  If you are interested in speech therapy or special education, here are some possible standards: “IEP Goals & Objectives Bank.”

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. Please add this information to your GoogleSite Home page. Let me know if you’re having trouble choosing a subject or can’t find the standards for your subject.

For Friday:
  • Your first reading assignment is due Friday. Teach your virtual tutee about it! We are going to discuss the reading in class.
  • Be prepared to share your experiences about learning with technology.
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