Evaluating my progress toward incorporating technology resources is difficult during summer break however; I am perusing avenues that will enhance my Game plan in the fall. The actions that will help me meet the goals include reading blogs that illustrate how to incorporate technology into the content area, adding resources to my bookmark and evaluating digital tools that will support the curriculum. I have evaluated digital tools and researched ways other colleagues have integrated technology into curriculum areas. My short term goal is to continue to investigate and master digital tools before presenting them in class.
Throughout this course, the depth of my understanding digital tools and implementing of these tools to support students in the curriculum has been steadily developing. Through course text and DVDs, I understand that technology is supportive in the curriculum and not driving instruction. Technology is the tool that educators use to unlock the knowledge (Cannamo, Ross & Ertmer, 2009).
Things that I still need to learn include how to manage technology so that all students have the opportunity to use digital tools to enhance the learning. My new questions revolve around implementing the skills that I have learned into the curriculum. Some of my questions include: How will I incorporate the necessary background technological skills to students while still moving toward curricular goals? How do I manage the actual tools? How will I gain access to technology at school? What happens if I cannot access technology when it is needed? I have many questions regarding management and this will have to be addressed in the fall with administration and technology support person. The course text is a resource that will be used to support implementation of these questions.
I will adjust my Game plan based on the availability of recourses in the school. The focus will be to design lessons that address the needs of students and incorporate universal design which will challenge and support global learners.
Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use: A Standards-Based Approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.