It is the way in which our world communicates, does research, and organizes information. The use of technology is growing at an exponential rate, and schools need to surf the technology wave in order to better serve our students and community. Twenty years ago was a day that will live in infamy. It was the day that I entered my lifelong learning career as a kindergartner. It is amazing how much technology has changed since I was in grade school. The usefulness of computers and information technology has expanded, and we no longer can just teach our students to be literate in reading, but they also need to be literate in technology. According to the Technology Standards for School Administrators, it is the responsibility of educational leaders to “maintain an inclusive and cohesive process to develop, implement, and monitor a dynamic, long-range, and systemic technology plan to achieve the vision.”
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Howard Besser, co-Director UCLA/Pacific Bell Initiative for 21st Century Literacies, states “Another looming digital gap between haves and have-nots is that between those who will have the resources to access digital content and those who will not”. This is why it is essential for public education to develop standards and provide digital resources to the community. Higher socioeconomic areas still service students from low-income housing and families that are on federal government relief programs. Students from these homes have difficulty keeping up academically and digitally with their more affluent classmates.
There are federal grants to implement the Universal Design for Learning program. This program provides funding to increase the usage of technology in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to check out i-pods to listen to podcasts from the teacher in order to study for tests. Teachers can use response devices in order to formatively assess students. Students create PowerPoint presentations, videos, and photo stories using laptops that are kept in the classroom. It is during these programs where the digital divide decreases. We need to implement these strategies in every classroom in the United States.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The first step to narrowing the gap between the information haves and have-nots in school districts is to set technology standards and provide educational experiences that will allow every student the opportunity to be digitally successful. The Michigan Department of Education created Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) for students to satisfy certain standards in their core academic classes. These standards are for every student in Michigan. The diversity of students caused by socioeconomic status, gender, parents education level, and race can have either a positive or negative effect on the attainment of these standards. Holding every student to the same standards promotes equality and opportunity.
Technology standards for students are a necessity. For example, by a certain grade level students must be able to create a timeline using Microsoft Excel or students must be able to create a PowerPoint with custom animation and embedded video. The standards need to be in place before developing programs to assist with the depletion of the digital divide in school districts.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
One of the philosophies that I believe in is essentialism because it is a combination of idealism and realism. Every student has a mind for knowledge and understanding. Besides text books and bulletin boards, teachers need to use technology and objectives relative to living in the 21st century to prepare our students for today’s society. My role as an educator is to be an expert of organizational strategies and produce a strong emphasis on basic skills and scholastic achievement. Students need to come to school to listen and learn, and it is our job to make a learner physically, intellectually, and morally strong. It is our duty to motivate students to find their interests and use that interest to benefit society. An educator also has a role as an advisor to colleagues and students. Educators need to give their colleagues and students advice that will help them be successful in life. The other philosophy that I believe in is John Dewey’s progressivism in which students learn best by doing and becoming the center of the educational process. Since society is changing, students have to learn by discovering and doing work on their own in order to contribute to society. However, students also need to work together.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
There will be a strong emphasis of how to act in society. Students need to realize that the same concepts that apply at home also apply at school. For example, students need to learn at a young age how to take care of their bodies by eating healthy food and having good hygiene. They need to understand the importance of being prompt and having a positive attitude. Many students in the upper grade levels have a negative attitude toward school and do not understand why achieving an education is important. As a staff, we need to show them at a young age that achieving an education can lead to great opportunities in the future. I will apply all the resources that I can to ensure that our students will achieve excellence. They will stand tall when they walk out of our building.