Monitoring Game Plan Progress
“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” Mark Victor Hansen
This quote reminds me that implementing new technology into the curriculum and providing students with 21st century skills will be challenging. However, the more I learn and grow with my technical abilities the smoother the transitions will be to incorporate digital tools into the curriculum. Through the course text, DVD and discussion threads my knowledge about implementing digital tools to enhance instruction and provide assessments is increasing. At this time, modification to my Game Plan seems unnecessary. When school begins in the fall, I will work with students and colleagues to integrate technology into the content area. At that time, my Game Plan will be modified as needed.
The resources and information that I have received from the course text, DVD and discussion threads have increased my confidence. I anticipate initiating the process of implementing instructional resources such as websites digital tools, and media at the beginning of the new school year.
Through the course text and DVD, I have learned many strategies that will allow me to use technology to enrich learning experiences. Developing my personal Game Plan, customizing instruction and assessments will be effective in meeting the needs of diverse learners. Applying skills from courses, I have developed a wiki page that will support students academically by allowing parents to access the site from home and keeping updated on information from school Creating a social bookmarking site is another resource that will be used in my classroom to access digital tools to support the curriculum. An important area that was presented in the course text is integrating technology and designing assessment formats into the curriculum. This information will assist me in planning appropriate assessments incorporating digital tools to support the curriculum. Integrating multiple assessment formats and digital tools will allow educators to monitor progress of students (Cennamo et al., 2009). Planning and implementing alternative activities into a lesson plan using universal design for learning (UDL) that will make content material meaningful for all students. Using (UDL) incorporates the use of digital tools and media to meet the unique needs of the learner. Digital media provides greater flexibility to meet the needs of all learners (Cennamo, Ross & Ertmer, 2009).
My question is “Can the school district afford to fund the technology to incorporate 21st century skills into the content area”?
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.