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The NETS – Not Just a Bad Team from New Jersey

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Who’s job is it to teach the NETs standards to students and how do we ensure they are being met in an integrated model?  Easy – it is our (the teacher’s) responsibility to teach these standards.  As technology changes and the methods of instruction change with them, teachers must still teach.  Although the classroom looks different than it did 10 years ago, the fundamental idea of providing students access to learning has not.  More precisely, technology has merely enlarged the classroom and made information and content more easily available.  No longer do teachers need to be the holder of all information and distribute it in an archaic and didactic manner. Even further, students do not want this type of classroom.    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CD_7gdEkPD8/TkHlr2Ybo5I/AAAAAAAAE7g/0RGxZFrf5PY/s1600/blooms%252Btaxonomy%252Band%252Btechnology.png

Schools/teachers must move away from the industrial business plan of education where content is shoveled to the students on a daily basis.  No, it is imperative that schools recognize the importance of a skills based education.  In today’s society, the discrete point regurgitation of information is no longer sufficient.  We must provide students a skills based, inquiry based education where they can adapt, adjust and thrive in the “real world”.   

 Everyone would agree that the standards are desirable for all students to strive for and attain: using the inquiry process; thinking critically; gaining knowledge and understanding; making conclusions; making informed decisions; applying knowledge to new situations and creating new knowledge.

Speaking Their Language

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YouTube Preview ImageDigital Citizenship – we are all responsible for ensuring our students are conscientious, ethical users of technology.  Even further, students should hold themselves accountable to the standards and expectations established for them.  With much independence comes much responsibility – this is the philosophy I believe and practice in my classroom.  As our 21st century learners gather new strategies and tools, there is an enormous amount of trust we must bestow upon them as they hang out, mess around or geek out.  However, the key is guaranteeing that we, the adults (teachers and parents) provide continuous input/guidance which promotes the use of technology effectively and productively. Currently, our school is moving toward the development and implementation of “Character Education” in our curriculum – digital citizenship is an integral component if we are to achieve true success.  Since we are a “one to one” school, students must be able to handle the responsibilities that come with 21st century tools. Understanding their {students} responsibility within an environment where teachers are the role models will further the cause, but not ensure us the goals are met.

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