It is becoming evermore clear that students need to work in unison more consistently with the advances in technology to be effective going forward. It is critical that they learn how to use these tools appropriately so they can be a model of the 21st Century learner. As crucial as their understanding is though, it can be very difficult today for students to get an appropriate education with us as teachers learning how to incorporate these tools into our instruction.
After examining the National Education Standard for Teacher (NETS-T), I realized that as a physical education teacher and emphasis and focus must be placed on meeting these standards or they could perhaps be forgotten. There is no question that I am innovative in my lessons, or teach ideas that are aimed to last a lifetime, but often times, technology is left out.
One area where I feel I must improve in order to meet the NETS-T standards deals with the designing and development of digital age learning experiences and assessments. I feel I really struggle in my pre-lesson attempts to incorporate technology that may be beneficial so it is my goal to at least consider the technological options that I have, particularly in the assessment area. There are options available for me to incorporate assessment tools that are atypical to standard physical education grading but by utilizing tools such as video assessing, my students can gain from this step. One reason I do not videotape often is that I usually use my camera, which is old and bulky, so I will use the one available from the library that is very small as well as digital, which will speed up the turnaround time of the assessment. Hopefully from this action I will find that I can chart an increase in student activity and competency. I also plan to research how other physical education teachers have utilized video assessment and what minor details I can pick on for improvement.
Another area that I recognize needs improvement is promoting or modeling digital citizenship. I do not often use PowerPoint presentations, but when I do the respect for copyright is never given. It is my goal to make sure I am not being hypocritical to what I expect out of the students, so my action will be to include the source on any copyrighted work that is used. Additionally, I will need to maintain legal use of any video I record going forward; rarely do I share it but even so, I would need to gain permission. With my PowerPoint presentations, I usually just rush through them or reuse slides year after year; in this area it will be on me to proofread each not just for grammatical errors but for plagiarized content as well. Once again, the only way to get students to learn correctly is to conduct myself correctly, and this awareness is a big part of it.
I would expect that others of you out there share the same struggles and that we can all work together to meet these standards.
International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). National education standards for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/Libraries/PDFs/NETS_for_Teachers_2008_EN.sflb.ashx