Since I am not sure what teaching the NET standards to students means to students and us, I looked at Jamie’s blog post called ‘Tech Standards: Who Should Be Teaching Them Anyway?’ This helps to give me a clue to know how NETs should be treated.They look to me that they are the global guidelines, on which digital users such as students and us could follow to meet international standards. In Jamie’s school, NETs have been integrated with his school’s educational technology expectations(ETE). They are the basic components to meet his school’s ETE so that his school is on the right track of trans-media age.
Then is it something right or wrong? Does it matter if they are not on the right track, which refers to the NETs standards? What for reasons those standards are made? Since all technological tools are part of our daily lives, they have already been embedded with our normal days. Such tools are analogous to languages too.
Hidetoshi Nakata and his talent
Last week when we had a fun conversation about sports during our lunch break, one of my colleagues said to me
‘Nakata as the ex-football player is my favorite player! He is so intelligent that he could have gone to Tokyo university, yet he took his career as a football player at first hand. After his retirement as a professional football player regardless of his young age, he lives in a completely different world as he speaks 4 languages or so.’
I also know how talented he is since his gift has been exposed to the media . I have heard that in terms of his talent on languages and footballs, they are not only the targets of his life. They are part of his life, and he has been on his way to building up his life. As for languages, I assume he did not learn them only for the purpose to acquire language skills, which have been integrated with his life.
I know that what he has been doing can not be done as easily as he does since I am sure he is born to be smart and his intelligence is beyond my understanding, yet what he approaches his life could give me a hint to tackle with how we should interact with the advent of technology, in particular, in this case ISTE Standards. How could they become a part of the educational curriculum as Nakata’s conductive 4 languages and his experience as a professional football player have been in his life? Technological standards such as ISTEs are not the purpose for us to achieve but only a part of our lives or a tiny bit of a process to formulate each long or short life.
NETs standards VS The project itself
If this is considered, I think how we could tell whether they are being met in the integrated model can be only clear or transparent when students and us could feel themselves or ourselves in a short term or long term that they could not achieve or accomplish their or our purpose without the aid of those tools. (I am sure this kind of aim or big idea would never end even if it is completed to the deadline.) No ones could seem to judge if what you have been doing reaches the standards because it has been going on not to meet the standards but to strive for the project or the problem based activity.
This kind of open-ended thinking could lead to what Rebekah and Kim made a point during the workshop yesterday referring back to a school where Rebekha used to teach. When there are nothing to be scared of or lose, we could easily go beyond the set-frameworks such as curriculum and standards.
Whose job is it?
Can we explain to students and ourselves transparently that we have a curriculum to meet or follow the global educational standard, which has to be coordinated with the current technological tools. This means to us that they will change day by day just like the currency in the stock market, and we would have to adapt to the environment. As a school staff or a teacher, some teachers/staff know better than others regarding how to interact with up-dated technology and so do students. Could we help each other regarding technology matters to pursue what we want or how we want to be in a future?
Then Who’s job is it to teach the NETs standards to students? It is teachers that instruct the NETs standards to students. Who’s job is it to teach the NETs to teachers, by whom students are learned? It could be everyone who understands the NETs that guides them.
Since our school currently is trying to approach the technological integration with our school curriculum, media department where I belong is getting ready for a new school year, when every one of us in our school would have one lap-top for each(M/HS students and all school staff).
Mitch as a computer technologist instructs each member of our media department to be proactive for possible situation once everyone gets a Mac every two weeks. So far he introduces us convenient tools to be used for your digital educational life. I take the session in a sense that we have been learning useful applications or tools now to be able to help other staff or teachers in order for each of us to feel natural or part of the better digital environment.