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 http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers/nets-for-teachers-2008.aspx
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.