Who, What, and Where You Are Teaching

By now everyone should have completed the first 3 pages of your website:

  • Home page and what you hope to learn in EDIT 2000
  • Autobiography page
  • Blog page with 2-3 recent posts linked to your home page

And you should post your 1) learning story, 2) response to Chapter 1, and 3) response to digital nativism to the blog page. Please see me if this is not the case yet you haven’t talked with me about it. Let’s see how we could work it out together.

One another thing I would you to note is that your assignments are always due at the beginning of class unless otherwise indicated. I might have not been clear about this. So you could have your response to digital nativism by the next class meeting without any penalty. And remember that if you have a late pass, then you can turn your assignment by the next class meeting.

Google Sites

Your Google Sites should all be accessible to each other now on the class blog. Look for the Student Portfolios menu. I’d like to give you an opportunity to share the wonderful sites you guys have created with the class. I won’t force anyone to share, but will give a late pass as an incentive. When you talk about your site, you are welcome to pick and choose whatever you’d like to talk about.

PART ONE: Readings Review – Who are you teaching?

On Wednesday you were asked to explore the questions below. We will give a try to online debating today. Click here:

  • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why?
  • How does the idea of a digital generation impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students? Use data from Kaiser Family Foundation report on media use by children to explain your answer.
  • You read “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie. Revisit what we talked about in class. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does this mean for teaching and learning in your classroom?
  • I look forward to reading your 2025 Read this short article about digital media use among P-12 teachers. How has this changed since you were in P-12? You can view the entire “Digitally Inclined” report here.

PART TWO: Content Standards – What are you teaching?

State Standards by Subject Areas

As teachers, we have far more control over how we teach rather than what we teach. Content is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Common Core Georgia Performance Standards”, or CCGPS. They are written for every grade level (K-12) and most subject areas. You can view the standards for your subject area on the left navigation of their website. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others), view the “QCC Materials.” If you are interested in speech therapy or special education, consider looking at the “IEP Goals & Objectives Bank.”

It’s time to decide your focus for the rest of the semester. What grade/subject do you want to teach? View the GPS (or QCC) for that grade and subject. Send me an email if you’re having trouble choosing something or can’t find the standards for your subject:cotton93@gmail.com.

National Standards by Skills

When we look at standards for teaching, we have to consider that there are National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for K-12. Generally speaking, these standards focus on good teaching and learning; not just technology use. We’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester:

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

In addition to the NETS, we will also be referencing the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

1. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes

2. Learning and Innovation Skills

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration

3. Information, Media and Technology Skills

4. Life and Career Skills

PART THREE: Where are you teaching?

Once you’ve gotten a better understanding of who you’re teaching and what you’re going to teach, you can focus on creating a learning environment to bring it all together. What should the physical environment of your future classroom look like? Till Wednesday, we will work on creating your learning environments with your subject area and grade level in your mind.

First, let’s take a moment to look at some Pinterest photos from Gretchen’s board.

  1. You may want to ask a few friends about their favorite classrooms. What made them special? Arrangement of the desks, a reading loft, a couch? How does this new information change the layout of your classroom?
  2. Read about the Georgia Department of Education’s Center for Classroom Innovation – how does this information change the layout of your classroom?

Next, we’ll use a (sort of) free tool called Floorplanner to sketch what our ideal learning environment [classroom] will look like, but you are welcome to use other tools. Here is an example: Sarah’s Portfolio.

  1. Now create your account.
  2. Complete the 12-step tutorial to help you learn more about how to use the tool. You’ll need to click on tutorial to the left of the screen. You may also want to watch this video to help you get started. Keep in mind that the free version of the tool will only allow you to create ONE floor plan.
  3. Create a graphic of your classroom.

To Be Continued Next Class (Wednesday)

After creating your ideal learning environment, we will create a screen shot of the image (we will talk about how to to this on Wednesday) and insert the image onto your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page. Then, we will give a narrative to your graphic explaining why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room and so on.

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