Is “every teacher is a technology teacher”? I believe so! Like many schools, we will be moving toward having a tech-coach. So then whose job is it to teach the NETS to students?
My favorite thing about this course so far has been the opportunity to learn from others; sharing ideas, teaching and learning. Collaboration would be essential for all teachers who are willing to grow and learn and as teachers of technology, we all need to see teaching NETS as part of our teaching. I worked together with another Coetailer Emily during course 2. It was helpful to share and compare the process we are going through at our schools to set an AUP in place.
Working with technology on a daily bases in our classroom can be a daunting task and of course, we are not expected to tackle this challenge by ourselves. We will have a coach to guide us. Someone to be there when we have the laptops in our room, someone to show us the tricks, someone to help us understand the bigger picture. But this will only be possible if every teacher is willing to let go of something else in their curriculum to make room for teaching digital citizenship and/or NETS. We need to assure that all our students understand our AUP, that they know what is expected of them and we need to use our class time teach them how to learn from and work with technology.
If every teacher adds the NETS to their own curriculum ‘maps’ and we can ensure to use these standards in the language of instruction and the reflections the students make, than we can build toward having an integrated model. The goal is to have AUPs, NET standards and Digital Citizenship become a familiar, integrated part of the school’s established curriculum, rather than an ‘add on’.
In addition, I would like to see teachers continue to share and learn in this new environment. With this I hope we will continue to work on and reflect on AUPs as times keep changing. Hence, the title of this blog; AUP – always a working document.
Please read it with kindness.