For my final project I am going to create a scope and sequence or a roadmap that connects a variety to tech integration standards with my school curriculum. I decided to take this route because after completing previous Coetail lesson I decided I wanted to gain a better understanding of what effective tech integration. The course has answer a few questions that have help me to realize that I need to push my understanding even deeper. The students do a lot of great work green screening news broadcasts about natural disasters, using Book Creator to retell their written work and using Pic Collage to create great diagrams and posters but here has to be more.
For the past year, I have been struggling with a few questions. First, how to you really transform learning through the use of technology. In other words, according to SAMR how do you truly move away from simple “Substitution” to “Redefinition”? Also, do you need to always shoot for the highest rung on the ladder or is it OK when some learning situations stay at a lower levels.
I also realize that to develop a well rounded tech integration program the curriculum needs to be inline with the ISTE standards. For example, it seems that typically, Creative Communication standards are met but often the Global Collaborators element is missing. It is hard to reach all of the ISTE standards if they are not fully known and understood. The new ISTE Digital Pathways will help provide some ideas and will be a great tool to show the teachers once I can help them understand the area that they need to be working toward in the planning.
The last standard I would like to use it the Common Sense Media Scope and Sequence for Digital Citizenship. The main reason is why reinvent the wheel when there are great resources out there.
One of my main concern with the project is that it is a massive undertaking. Piecing together three standards and a curriculum will take a great deal of work. Therefore, I am going to start with Grade 2 as they asked if something along this line could be created to help them understand better where the children are coming from and where they should be when they leave Grade 2. My second concern is will it actually help in the long run. Or will making such a document turn back time to the ICT classes once of week mentality. I am hoping not because what I would like to see is teachers using the document in their planning. One of the key elements will be trying to provide examples to help the teachers understand how all the pieces fit together and to help them understand the language.
Hopefully, the end result will be a teach community (including myself) with a strong understanding of what technology integration is and why it is important. It will also create an Ed Tech community of confidence and independence.