Linking NET-S and NET-T; Week 7
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As one examines the NET-S and the NET-T standards, it is obvious they are intertwined; therefore, one must understand BOTH. The most obvious way to thoroughly begin to understand something is to explore and act on it. This is a cycle that will have a snowball affect on both teachers and students. Teachers will begin to implement more technology, students will see teachers using more technology and begin to learn and want more technology integrated into their daily lessons, teachers will witness the students positive response and eagerness to learn and an adept ability to understand digital concepts quickly, students will begin to experiment on their own or formulate questions to ask teachers, teachers will explore, learn, experiment more. When working together on the same team, both students and teachers can motivate each other while constantly learning. Teachers need not be afraid that they might not know everything about technology, but just be confident enough to be honest and keep learning.
When creating my lesson plans I will incorporate NET-S and NET-T guidelines. Even though I'm not using the GAME acronym, I will be more conscientious because of our GAME assignment. I have already met with my CTT (computer-technology-teacher) this week and outlined a plan of all the technology software programs I would like to use for the remainder of this year and for next year. When I approached my CTT, I stated that it was my responsibility to expose and teach my students in their elementary years, the basics of certain software programs and technology in general, resulting in basic knowledge for my students when they move on to middle school.
NETS standards for Teachers and Students definitely overlap. One of the most important things to keep in mind for all teachers is that no matter how tiny your step might be when integrating technology, it is better than not incorporating any technology at all. Always keep in mind that you are still helping your students improve their literacy skills in this 21st century demanding world!
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. Chapters 8-16.