Who Should Teach NETs?
I feel both the classroom teacher and the Technology Coordinator should be working towards teaching the NETsstandards. However, this is so much easier said than done, especially at my school. Weare such a small staff, and we all have so many different areas that we teach in, it is really hard to find the time to plan together to meet standards such as the NETs or AASL.
I often create lessons and units that work towards the NETS or AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners, but because I haven’t had time to meet with our Tech Coordinator, I just plan on doing it all myself. In passing, I will mention what we are doing, and he will say, “Let me help with that.” Of course, I am so pleased to get his help. And every time I wish I’d had time to meet during the planning stage.
This happened recently with my Language Arts class. The students are creating personal narratives about a trip they took with the whole middle school. Instead of writing an essay, they are using photos from the trip to make storyboards and then using voicethread to record their adventures. We ended up having three teachers in the room, which made it so much easier to assist everyone.
Our students grades K-4 do have scheduled lab time with the tech coordinator. Grades 5-8 are expected to integrate since we run a 1:1 program for the Middle School students. It really depends on the classroom teacher how much is directly linked/integrated into the classroom and what ends up being a stand-alone tech lesson. Tech integration across all grade levels is a school-wide goal; I think we are making progress. I also think it is reasonable that the teachers have varying degrees of interest in Tech integration. I would love for all of the teachers at my school to be required to participate in a COETAIL cohort. As I said, we are a small school, just 12 teachers. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had this experience?
I really liked this quote from this week’s reading on David Warlick’s blog post What Difference Might One “S” Make?
“It really doesn’t matter if they are covering all of the tools, or even if each student is mastering all of the same tools. Students would simply learn how computers can help them do interesting things, and then gain the skills and confidence required to teach themselves, with the guidance of their teachers, the applications to make it happen.”
I too want my students to know that computers can help them do interesting things. I hope that I am showing them that there are so many ways to get a job done, and that they will at some point decide to learn more on their own.
Last year, a couple of my students loved making Stykz animations. They used it to create a social studies project where they took their Stykz animations and put them into iMovie so they could add dialog. When this project was over, they continued making Stykz animated movies on their own. This year, there hasn’t been anything that has particularly caught their interest. Maybe the voicethreads we are working on will be it?