Saturday, November 13, 2010

G.A.M.E. Plan: Meeting ISTE-T Standards

G. Goals
A. Action
M. Monitor
E. Evaluate and Extend

In response to the NETS standards for teachers, posted below, I am setting some new goals for myself.
One of the NETS standards is "Model Digital-Age Work and Learning" and one of the indicators is "collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation." To do this, it is now my goal to design and implement a digital storytelling lesson plan to engage my students in creative thinking and in the use of digital tools in my English Language Arts classroom. I am currently exploring resources about digital storytelling, and I would love to hear from other teachers about their experiences with digital storytelling.

A second NETS standard is "Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility" and the indicator I would like to focus on here is "develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools." I am currently exploring methods for accomplishing this, and again, I am eager to hear how other teachers are developing connections with colleagues and students of other cultures.
Thank you in advance for your feedback!


ISTE (2008). NETS for Teachers 2008: Standards. ISTE: online. Retrieved November 10, 2010 from

This week I have taken some exciting actions toward my meeting my two big goals...learning more about the uses of digital storytelling
in the classroom, and exploring digital communication resources for global, cross-cultural communications. I have compiled a list of particularly helpful related links on this blog,
and I have started following a Digiteen blog and a Flat Classroom Projects blog on Twitter.

As I monitor my own learning, the possibilities at first seem endless as I discover more and more resources. However, there emerge a few strong leaders in each area; and in fact my two goals overlap. Digital storytelling can be used in projects of cross-cultural communication; enabling students to express themselves and to participate as global citizens along with teens from classrooms worldwide. Now I just need to spend more TIME reading and viewing all the great resources I have uncovered.

To meet my goals, I will need to design a digital storytelling project myself, and to begin participating in online communication with teachers or students from another culture. Then, I will develop the proficiency with these tools that I need to share them with my students. Overall, this is a motivating experience because I foresee so many positive uses for these 21st century skills in my classroom. My students are eager to engage in authentic work, using their creativity, especially if it allows them to build collaborative relationships with other teens.


  1. Hi.

    You mentioned designing a digital storytelling project. Does that mean you will come up with the project and a rubric or do you mean you will create a project yourself to use to model for your students?

    Digital storytelling seems to be a common theme and I have thought about asking about them before, but always forgot. What is a digital storytelling project?



  2. Digs,

    I am so glad you asked. I first encountered a colleague using digital storytelling when I taught high school English, and his students were writing, composing, and editing with enthusiasm. Here's a link describing Boardman's work here in Maine:

    I will post more information about digital storytelling here in a blog post; and I have also created a list of links about it here (to the left of this comment :-) )

    For this course, I aim to design a digital storytelling project assignment for students, and also to create my own sample digital story to model the process for students. I think it will be fun to create my own project, and it is important to me to try this out before trying to teach with it.

    I also think digital storytelling projects will be particularly valuable for my language arts students because they lead students to "develop a deeper understanding of the perspectives of others," (Cennamo, Ross, Ertmer, 2009, p. 69). This is an important element of understanding and appreciating literature and the writing process.


  3. Hi!

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the links! I will definitely be checking it out. I'm always up for a new and exciting way to get my kids to buy in to their learning! Thanks for sharing!


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