Taking Digital Literacy has really got me thinking about how I can effectively use technology in my future classroom, but how do I do that? The ISTE Standards for Teachers is a great resource to get you thinking about that.
The ISTE Standards are as followed:
- Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
- Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
- Model digital age work and learning
- Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
- Engage in professional growth and leadership
Blogging is a great way to do this. What better way to inspire learning by giving the students the option to learn something that they want to learn about and then write about it. They can get as creative as they want with their blog and their learning, much like some of the students in my class have by learning how to make clothes and learning how to cook. This inspires students to learn because they are choosing something that they are passionate about. I could use this in an English class by having the students pick a book that they really like reading every one to two weeks and having them write a book review or book report of sorts in their blog. This would be so much better than the RA that some teachers still have children do in high school for a grade. I know that many students picked random books that they were uninterested in reading, simply because these books were worth a lot of points for RA. I hated taking those tests because they asked random questions about the book. What if I don’t remember every little detail of the book? What if I score low and don’t get all the points? What if I have to read like five more books because I scored low on this RA test? Ugh, it was frustrating.
I also feel like blogging gives teaches you almost all of the things that the standards are asking of teachers. You develop learning skills with technology, although it can be aggravating at first, I feel like I’m becoming a blogging wiz. You learn what is appropriate in order to be a digital citizen. I have learned what kind of blogs are going to grab people’s attention (especially potential employers and readers.) I also feel like I have developed professionally writing this blog. I have loved reading many posts about ideas for classrooms and how to get kids interested in learning and I cannot wait to develop skills to write those myself. My digital literacy class has taught me so much about incorporating technology into my class room and it makes me more and more excited every week to become a teacher and develop creative ways to teach in the future.