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This eportfolio was developed with the following Consortium for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology (COATT) Standards in mind. However, I will directly reference the International Society for Technology in Education National Education Technology Standards for Teachers as I understand in so doing I demonstrate fulfillment of the 2002 Michigan Seventh Standard.COATT Standards
I. TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS.
I am regarded as a tech savvy teacher who constantly learns about appropriate and creative applications of current and emerging technologies for teaching and learning. My students and I use these tools to accommodate cognitive and physical disabilities and accomplish tasks that parallel that of their general education peers.
II. PLANNING AND DESIGNING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND EXPERIENCES.
I decidedly use no more than 3 or 4 technology applications so as to not overwhelm my students. I often choose technology apps that lend themselves to meaningful "mashup" within a given lesson or learning task. My students enjoy using Edmodo-- a private micro-blogging tool-- for example to support their learning in and outside the classroom. I have designed just-in-time instructional screencasts to support teachers interested in integrating technology for teaching, learning, and productivity. (See the Tip Archive tab)
III. TEACHING, LEARNING, AND THE CURRICULUM.
My students use WebQuest or Web-search projects to directly engage them in discovery of information necessary for units of study.
IV. ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION.
I use a variety of Web-based technology tools to help me individualize instruction, monitor progress, support weaknesses, enhance strengths, holistically assess knowledge construction, and motivate work production. Housed in our private Edmodo site, students login and check their own understanding with self-checking Web-based games and quizzes or classwide interactive PowerPoint presentations.
V. PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.
I seize opportunities to utilize emerging technology tools and practices for disseminating information to my students, parents, colleagues, co-teachers, and paraprofessionals. I directly instruct my students in the use of Google Documents for use between home and school. This is particularly useful when students have Internet but do not have Microsoft Office products loaded on their home computers.
VI. SOCIAL, ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND HUMAN ISSUES.
Acceptable use policy, digital citizenship and respect for intellectual property rights are ongoing topics of discussion for each new technology application I introduce to my students. I hold the belief that each new and emerging technology can present its own set of concerns for appropriate use. I require my students to cite their sources for all activities we produce online and/or from online sources.
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