Monitoring the GAME plan, week 4

As my GAME plan progresses, I am finding a lot of information and resources.  Almost too much!  The more I look, the more things I find I need to become fluent in.  As a result, I am looking to modify my GAME plan a bit.  I’m realizing the my first goal (becoming fluent in technology tools) is too general, so I’m going to modify my goal to learn 2-3 new technologies over rest of this school year.  As an extension, I’d like to learn at least 2 new technologies each school year.  I think this will be more difficult once I am finished with this master’s program.

So far, I’ve been able to begin learning about a new technology called “Google Wave.”  As mentioned in the last post, I have a co-worker who is will to explore Google Wave with me.  We have slowly been adding to our “waves” and experiment with all the various gadgets and tools.  It’s been interesting to figure out!

I’ve also just began a lesson using Photoshop, so I’ve been working on adding the various standards to my lesson plans.

Overall, I think I’ve been very successful in my GAME plan, so far!

My GAME plan, updated

First off, I need to read our assignments closer!  Sorry for the late post…

I feel that my GAME plan is getting off to a slow start.  I’ve added the suggested link to eschoolnews.com from the previous post, and have glanced at it.  I’ve been working with a co-worker on developing a professional development workshop on new technology (what better way to become fluent than to have to teach).  The making a of a workshop gives me a great way to make sure I meet my goals by a certain date- I have no excuse in putting it off!  I’ve also just begun a Google Wave with a different co-worker, so hopefully we can figure that out.  (I did just accidentally delete the whole thing, so we’ll have to start over…)

Additional resources are coming from colleagues and experts, as well as several video and screencast tutorials.  I’ve also been referring to the NETS-S to align my curriculum to the standards.

While I’ve had enormous support in becoming more fluent in technology (almost too much!), I haven’t been as good about aligning my curriculum or assessments.  Part of this comes simply from the fact that my current art projects are not technology-related, and we’re at the end of the semester.  As this new semester begins next week, I’ll be able to work more towards that goal as each new project begins.

“ISTE | NETS for Teachers.” International Society for Technology in Education | Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2010. <http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/NETS_for_Teachers.htm>.

My GAME plan

After reviewing the NETS-T (National Educational Standards for Teachers), I felt that I am strong in quite a few areas.  However, there are several areas that I could also become more comfortable in.  One area is within standard 3, “Model Digital-Age Work and Learning.”  In that standard, it states that a teacher should “demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.”  While I do demonstrate fluency in some areas of technology, I lack fluency in others.  The second area that I wish to improve is in standard 2, “Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments.”  I would like to work on “providing students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.”  Again, I do some of that- I align my assessments with art standards, but not necessarily the technology standards.  So here’s my GAME plan

Goal: to improve my fluency across all area of technology, and to align my assessments with both art and technology standards.
Actions:
To improve my fluency, I will speak with my technology coordinator about new technology and begin incorporating those skills into my lessons.  I will also spend more time on various art or technology education websites (by subscribing to their RSS feeds).  To align my assessments, I will need to start by looking at all my lessons.  The ones that use technology will be connected to the NETS for students, and I will look for ways to create measurable technology lessons.
Monitor: To monitor my progress, I’ll need to first discover what areas of technology I need to improve on.  Once I’ve figured that out, I would work with the technology coordinator on a weekly basis to become fluent.  Outside of working with him, I will also create various lesson plans that incorporate the new media.  This will be hard to monitor on a regular basis, as some areas of technology will require more work than others.  To monitor the assessment piece, I’ll work on one project a week to incorporate technology into my assessments.  This progress will be easily measured by how many projects I am able to finish in this class.
Evaluate: Evaluation for both areas will likely come at the end of the school year, when I can compare first semester to second semester.  Once I am fluent in more areas of technology, I will be able to incorporate it more into my lessons, which will result in more assessments being connected to the technology standards.  As technology is constantly evolving, becoming fluent in it will be a never-ending process.  In addition, teaching is a constantly evolving process, so I will always be looking for new ways to add technology to my projects.

Does anyone have any good sites to learn about new technology?

Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach (Laureate Education custom edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

National Education Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) located at http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/2008Standards/ NETS_T_Standards_Final.pdf.