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EDUC 6713-D-2 Application 2

Posted by mprovost on November 7, 2010

Application Two: Developing Your Personal GAME Plan

As a reflective practitioner committed to continually developing my professional skills based on best practices, creating a GAME plan for my goals is an integral part of success (Cennamo, Ross & Ertmer, 2009).  According to our course text, a GAME plan consists of setting goals, creating an action plan, monitoring progress and then evaluating the outcome for the purpose of extending the learning (2009).  For this week’s application, I reflected on the ISTE NETS-T standards (ISTE, 2008) as direction for personal goals that will enhance my professional skills and align with my pedagogy.  Below are two goals I will actively pursue:

 

Goal #1 : Model digital-age work and learning by improving parent communication.

From NETS-T (ISTE, 2008)
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teachers:
c. communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats

GAME PLAN

Set Goals
Learn about the most effective and efficient way to maintain communication with parents while representing myself as an “innovative professional in a global and digital society” (ISTE, 2008). My goal is to keep parents updated on important events and dates while also showcasing some of the work we accomplish in class. Additionally, this site should serve to keep students updated on what happens in class so they can follow up on missing work and homework.

Take Action

Research and identify a new platform to replace my class NING. The new platform will preferably include options for calendars, blogging, photos, and contact information. Additional content may include widgets like surveys, Twitter live feeds from the classroom and links to other useful classroom sites (see Goal #2). After identifying the best platform, I need to set up the site and inform parents of the site’s location. The final step is to stay committed to timely updates and following through with emailing parents a quick notice via our messenger software each time new posts are made.

Monitor
As suggested by Vicki Davis, two to three times each week I will spend at least 15 minutes dedicated to this goal (Laureate Education, 2010b); reflectively consider if I am committing myself to the process of tracking what happens in class each day and recording it digitally on my iPad for use on the parent communication site. If I am not committing to the daily requirement of recapping class or the weekly requirement of updating parents, then I will need to rethink a more manageable approach.

Evaluate and Extend
Compare the goal of raising my confidence and proficiency with parent communications; these communications should reflect I am an innovative professional as proven with my follow through on creating a site, keeping updated information and maintaining communication with parents. As I want this type of global presence and parent communication to continue on, any progress made in this goal must endure; I will need to frequently monitor and evaluate both the product and process (Laureate Education, 2010a).

Goal #2: Model digital-age work and learning by leading how to set up a Moodle site for my classroom.

From NETS-T (ISTE, 2008).
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teachers:
a. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations

GAME PLAN

Set Goals
Learn about setting up a Moodle for student use. The Moodle will contain copies of reference sheets from class as well as homework handouts and instructions. The Moodle will contain links relevant to curriculum studies.

Take Action
I need to set up a meeting with our IT department at the High School so she can create the classroom Moodle; I can also have a personal training session with her to learn more about how to maximize use of Moodle in the classroom. Additionally, I will research Moodle instructions and usage ideas online.

Monitor
Reflect on if I am using the Moodle technology to its full potential; technology is a tool to “represent information in a variety of ways” (Cennamo, Ross & Ertmer, 2009, p 32); additionally, technology provides “access to people, resources, or locations” (2009, p 32). Both of these goals should be met as I progress with learning about and integrating Moodle.

Evaluate and Extend
Compare my goal to my product and reflect on if I accomplished my task of providing a Moodle site that students can use engage in learning and communication while outside the classroom walls.

References:

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.

ISTE. (2008). The ISTE NETS and performance indicators for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers.aspx

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010a). Cennamo, K. (Speaker). Program 2: Promoting self directed learning with technology. [DVD]. Integrating technology across the content areas. Baltimore, MD.

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010b). Cennamo, K. (Speaker). Program 2: Promoting Creative Thinking with Technology. [DVD]. Integrating technology across the content areas. Baltimore, MD.

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5 Responses to “EDUC 6713-D-2 Application 2”

  1. Krista said

    Hi Melissa.

    Both your goals and your GAME plans to reach these goals sound interesting. You have clearly defined how to meet the goals so you and your students will be successful. Parent contact is so important, so for your first goal of improving parental communication using digital technology, finding an appropriate format is critical. Parents often rely on agenda books or just the word of their child about assignments. Posting this work, along with information, topics, themes, daily activities, will be very beneficial. Does your school district offer a website? My district allows each teacher to use and edit a web page and they are very good about allowing us to create more pages for teams, extra-curricular activities and so on. If not, have you considered how you will develop a website or are you planning on choosing another format?

    You and I both have an interest in Moodle. In our video this week, one educator who was interviewed discussed how great it was using Moodle to explain the process of osmosis (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009). Moodle would really be great for visual learners. Your plan for this goal is clearly defined and should be easy to follow. In the text it suggests to think about resources needed to complete your actions and you will achieve this by talking to your IT person. You also know that you could learn by working one-on-one with her (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009). Because your plan is so well written, I think it will make it easier for you to be successful in your goals. Since this goal is partly tangible, it should be easy to reflect on your accomplishments; did I make the page or not?

    Good luck in your quest!

    Krista
    6th grade
    sci, soc stud, lit

    References

    Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010a). Program 3: Enriching Content Area Learning Experiences with Technology, Part 1. [DVD]. Integrating technology across the content areas. Baltimore, MD.

    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.

    • mprovost said

      Krista,
      You make the page AND the grade! Thank you for your comment. My district does not have a specific dedicated platform for class websites and if we make our own page, we have to send it to the administrator and have it updated (ugh!). The way around that is to make your own site – like I previously accomplished with Ning. The best they offer is Moodle, but it’s for teacher/student communication and not the best platform for parents to access. We’ll see what I can come up with to fit my purpose. I enjoyed Ning because of all the available widgets; perhaps there are enough blog add-ons nowadays?

      I’m excited to give Moodle a try but I want to be mindful of the timing between my two goals so whichever direction I go, they fit as communication “companions”.

      Thanks!
      Melissa

      • Melissa,

        What a huge inconvenience to rely upon an administrator to make chances to a site! I haven’t researched the Moddle site very much yet but hopefully that will be a good place for you to start. Good luck!

        Krista

  2. Randy Van said

    Melissa,

    Overall I think you have an excellent well thought out Game plan that is very achievable in a classroom setting. The two goals you have identified from NETS-T are two of the strongest and most useful when they are being integrated into the classroom (National Education Standards for Teachers, 2008). Your specific goals and actions are very concise, easy to measure in the classroom and have a great potential to increase students learning exponentially when implemented.

    As such I want to point out a few areas that make your plan strong and will help you reach your goals. For goal #1, you are working on one of the weakest areas for many different students. Communication between teachers and students in many cases is weak and the students usually take on the role of intermediaries. Focusing on this part of teaching you will be able to strengthen a part of the classroom that can have great results, particularly when a parent in actively involved in the classroom and their child’s education.

    Secondly, by utilizing a moodle as part of your GAME plan, I feel you will be bring a useful form of technology into the classroom that will benefit all students when modeled, updated and used regularly (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009). I like the fact that you are willing to learn how to use this tool in order to better teach your students and that you have established a plan to monitor your progress that includes one-on-one guidance from someone in IT. This helps to show that you have identified what it takes to be successful and are willing to go the extra step to make the plan work.

    Finally, I like the level of commitment you are willing to provide in order to stay on track throughout your plan. By establishing goals and routine check-ups for progress you will be more likely to complete the work in a timely manner and continuously stay within the guidelines of the plan.

    Randy

    References

    Cennamo, K., Ross, J., & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful
    classroom use: A standards-based approach. Mason, OH: Cengage Learning

    National Education Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). (2008). retrieved November 9, 2010 from http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/
    2008Standards/NETS_T_Standards_Final.pdf

  3. Melissa,
    I was immediately impressed with your action plan for your first goal. I had read that same indicator on the ISTE site, but I hadn’t interpreted it the same way you did and so I missed an opportunity to focus on it. I really do need to get my class website up and running for students and parents alike, not to mention the convenience it could afford for me. Being able to direct students to the website rather than dealing with absences and late work on a case by case basis would sabe precious minutes from each day. I’m wishing I had declared that same goal. Now when I do get my website up and running I will at least know what kind of an indicator it has the potential to be.

    reference:

    ISTE. (2008). The ISTE NETS and performance indicators for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers.aspx

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