When I was working on my GAME plan I discovered many websites which I can use for locating information. I also discovered websites for blogging, interactive websites and online collaboration. I also appreciated the comments from my peers which helped towards the completion my GAME plan.
What I did not know before starting this class was the NETS-Standards. Even though I teach science I will incorporate these standards into my teaching. In incorporating these standards it also provides students another way to practice 21st century learning skills.
In our video series Dr. Arnie Abrams states not to just use technology for the sake of using technology but using it “to accomplish your goals and hopefully matching those to state, local and national standards” (Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer), 2009). I really like this statement because it challenges me to find new and significant ways to use technology as an educational tool. I always want to make sure when I use technology that it has a strong educational and instructional purpose. I do not want to just develop a PowerPoint for notes but to use it as a learning tool which my students can use to show me what they have learned such as creating a digital storybook.
I am working on locating additional websites for online organizers so students can either have a hard copy of an organizer or the option of using an online organizer to help them organize their thoughts and information. I also would like to one day let my students have the option of doing their journal work online or in a notebook.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Integrating Technology Across the Content Areas. Baltimore: Author