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.