Teaching with Technology: ISTE/NETS

When I found out that one of my first courses for my masters program was going to be Teaching with Technology my blood pressure quickly shot through the roof. I myself feel pretty technologically savvy. However, when it comes to teaching with technology my confidence drops rapidly. For the last 4 years I have taught kindergarten, and loved every minute of it but I have not had much success with using lots of technology in my classroom. Like every teacher, I feel I have my strengths and my weaknesses with my instruction. Something I have strived to become better at, is my use of technology in my classroom.

During our first class session of Teaching with Technology, we took an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Self-Assessment to take a deeper look at the technology standards that we currently use in our classrooms. After completing and reading over my self assessment I noticed I do a pretty good job hitting majority of the standards on how I use technology to run my classroom but I have a lot of room for improvement on how students are asked to use technology in my classroom.

I have heard lots of wonderful ideas how to incorporate technology into classrooms and how to engage students and allow for creativity in older grades, but a challenge that I constantly face in Kindergarten is the ability of my students to complete/create projects to meet majority of these standards. I spend a large portion of the year teaching my student how to log-on (using the common school log-on username)and navigate to their reading websites. Standard 2a Research and Information Fluency: locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media, for kindergarten, doesn’t seem appropriate or applicable. I am curious to what that standard would look like in a kindergarten classroom. During my time in this class, I really strive to strengthen standard 1: Creativity and Innovation for my students. I hope to learn new ways to incorporate technology more with my kinders that is reasonable and appropriate for their age. With students today being so dependent on technology, I want to make sure I am doing my part to help prepare them for the world they are growing up in.

EDU 6655 Possible New Solutions for Common Disorders?

In Chapter One of Brain Matters, Wolfe mentioned possible brain-imaging techniques that are hopefully on the horizon to giving people a closer look in several common disorders. Brain-imaging has already been used to help look at and learn about disorders such as dyslexia. Wolfe said “Another area of great concern to parents and teachers, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hopefully will also become better understood through brain imaging (14).” This quote got my mind racing. It made me wonder what could potentially change in my classroom if scientists are able to master this brain image and really depict ADHD.
Being a kindergarten teacher, it is rare for a child to come into my classroom in September with a diagnosis of any kind at such a young age. It doesn’t take long for teachers to have an idea of students that may suffer from ADHD in their class. It is fairly common for parents to opt out of medicating their child for ADHD for multiple reasons. My question is, if scientist are able to learn more about the disorder from brain imaging and discover some of the underlying neurological dysfunctions that are linked with ADHD, could this possibly lead to a non-medicated answer for those children suffering from the disorder? Could there possibly be strategies for teachers and parents to use that can benefit the child in a learning environment, other than drugs? Wolfe asks, “Will the day come when educators have ready access to brain-imaging machines to assist them in diagnosing reading or attention problems? (14)” I wonder how much time would be saved each year having access to such information. What decisions as educators would be different? How or would we change our teaching practices? The points Wolfe brought up at the end of the chapter really made me think and reflect on the changes that would be made in not only my classroom, but schools around the world.

Standards 2 & 3

Introduction: My First Blog!

Hi, my name is Katie and I currently teach all day kindergarten at Rosa Parks Elementary in Redmond, WA and I am in my fourth year of teaching ! I spent my first 2 years teaching at Redmond Elementary School in Redmond, WA where I taught 1/2 day kindergarten and 1/2 day Safety Net. I graduated from Washington State University (GO COUGS!!!) with a degree in Education and I have just started my Masters in Teacher Leadership with Seattle Pacific University. I can’t wait to bring all of my new learning back into my classroom and grow as a teacher leader in my building!