Course objectives are derived from the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T). The course is designed to give teachers opportunity to achieve the performance indicators listed for the Professional Preparation profile.
By the time you complete this course you will have had opportunity to indicate performance on all ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T) General Performance Preparation Profile as indicated in the Table of Course Objectives and Performance Indicators below
Numbers in parentheses
following each performance indicator refer to the standards category to
which the performance is linked. The categories are:
STATEMENT OF PERSONAL GROWTH
In this class I realized how important technology really is to today's growing world. I will discuss why technology is so important to me, education, and the world at large and how I can and should use technology to make my immediate world a better place!
Before I took this class I never understood how important it is to use technology in education. Even though I am of the generation that is more aware of the computer, it is still a pretty foreign thing to me...and I'm definitely not used to the idea of using technology as a learning tool in the classroom. Seeing everyone's PowerPoint projects and actually learning from them really proved to me that technology is an awesome tool to have. It is so useful in really encouraging people to ACTIVELY participate in their education - an idea I've come to feel very strongly about. The days of handing children the right answers are over! yay! Now, because of technology, a child can discover and learn brand new things by their own effort and search. Searching through using the computer in this class really let me discover all kinds of new things I didn't even mean to find in the first place!
Although this new way of learning provided by the computer is both successful and beneficial, I do think it important to note that this form of education requires a high level of responsibility for both teachers and parents. Firstly, although using technology and encouraging personal discovery is very good, that does not mean we can totally leave the kids to teach themselves. I do not think this is successful. Teachers are supposed to teach. That is precisely why the computer is a TOOL, not a teacher itself. Teachers and students can gain a lot from technology but should not depend on it. Books are sometimes better than the computer! Secondly, the use of technology as a tool must be carefully monitored. I really realized this while reading the articles for the technology forum. The internet can be a very scary place. Hopefully if teachers teach responsible use to their students, after a while, when they are adults, the internet will be a much safer place.
I can really use technology to make my world a better place no matter what job I have. Using technology (ie: PowerPoint, etc) I can clearly state my goals in an efficient way so that people can understand my work and with this knowledge can form opinions and add to their own work. This will be effective especially if I'm a teacher. If I ever become a mother I can make sure that the greatest amount of knowledge is available to my children, and having information at hand via the internet, I will never become lazy in education of life. I can learn a great many things and therefore have an effect on everyone around me. In this way technology is a very amazing thing!