I have organized this page according to the ISTE National Education Technology
Standards for Teachers. All narratives are included on this page. Click on the
standard to move to that specific narrative.

Technology Operations and Concepts

Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences

Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum

Assessment and Evaluation

Productivity and Professional Practice

Social, Ethical, Legal and Human Issues

Technology Operations and Concepts
Teachers demonstrate a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. Teachers:

A. demonstrate introductory knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology (as described in the ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students).

B. demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies.

This is a very exciting time to be a teacher! Currently in my seventh year of teaching, I can say that technology has made a very positive impact on my teaching style and structure. The learning environment in my classroom has drastically changed over the years. Some of the changes are due to district wide-initiatives, other changes are self-motivated.

Technology has allowed me to extend student learning far beyond anything I could have ever imagined seven years ago. I have grown accustom to taking digital photographs of almost everything that my students are engaged in. I could not imagine teaching in a classroom without my digital camera right by my side. We are able to utilize digital photographs as a springboard for a variety of writing activities.

Over the course of the past three years I have become more comfortable with the integration of technology. I enjoy using PowerPoint as a means for teaching students to publish their own work. Even first graders are able to utilize PowerPoint, once they are shown the basic features of the program. Over the past three years, my students and I have produced several award winning Techno-Books. We have used simple VHS video editing equipment to bring PowerPoint publishing to life!

It is amazing to see how quickly children adapt to computer programs. They maneuver the computer with ease and they are not afraid to click and take a risk. They quickly discover that they are in control of the words on the screen; this becomes a very empowering tool for a young child.

It is amazing to witness the advancements in technology, new technologies are constantly developed and others quickly become obsolete.

It is very important to stay abreast of the current technologies, especially as they relate to teaching and learning. I have attended a variety of seminars and conferences related to technology and learning. Over the past year I have been asked to share my experiences with other teachers, through presenting at the MACUL Conference, the Southwest Oakland County Professional Development Coordinating Council and the West Bloomfield School District. My students have presented at several Student Technology Showcase Events.

Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences
Teachers plan and design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology. Teachers:

A. design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners.

B. apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences.

C. identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability.

D. plan for the management of technology resources within the context of learning activities.

E. plan strategies to manage student learning in a technology-enhanced environment.

The integration of technology into the daily learning environment makes for an engaging learning experience, if it is done with seamless developmentally appropriate techniques. Technology helps to differentiate the learning activities to meet the diverse needs of the students in my classroom.

High speed internet access has opened the door to many new learning ventures. It is easy to access web sites to gain information on subject matter--- to better prepare for teaching my students. I am also able to search for web sites that allow the students to research or engage in games which practice skills that we've learned.

I have designed a classroom web site for students and parents to connect to the classroom. There are a variety of links for students to explore. Parents are able to use the site to find out more about what we're learning in second grade. With parent permission, each student has a link to his/her work that is published to the web site. Again, technology serves as an empowering tool for student learning. My students are very proud to show their work to other children and adults.

Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum
Teachers implement curriculum plans, that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning. Teachers:

A. facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards.

B. use technology to support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students.

C. apply technology to develop students' higher order skills and creativity.

D. manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment.

There is an appropriate time and a place for technology in the curriculum. Management is a big issue. With five student computers in the classroom, the question becomes: How do I best utilize their time on the computer? In the lower elementary setting, centers play an integral role when it comes to integrating technology. The students are able to rotate (every 10-15 minutes) through a variety of learning centers, including the computer center. Some computer activities lend themselves to center time usage.

Other activities may be carried out in the computer lab, where we have a larger block of time. Our average computer lab activity will take 45 minutes to one hour.

A new addition to my classroom this year is the Smart Board Technology. Because this is a very expensive piece of technology, we share the Smart Board with another second grade classroom. Students are able to manipulate the computer programs on this large white board which is connected to my TTI Laptop station. We are also able to use the Smart Pens to highlight and write on the screen while a program is displayed. This has become one of my most favorite tools. The students are very fortunate to have such a wonderful learning tool. Being so young, they don't have much reference as to what learning was like "before the Smart Board". Many of the lessons that I have formerly taught using the overhead projector have been transformed to the Smart Board. The smiles and excitement on their faces are an evident display of the students' love for the technology in our classroom.

Assessment and Evaluation
Teachers apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. Teachers:

A. apply technology in assessing student learning of subject matter using a variety of assessment techniques.

B. use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.

C. apply multiple methods of evaluation to determine students' appropriate use of technology resources for learning, communication, and productivity.

The Kid Pix program provides a format which allows students to use their imagination to create visual representations of their thoughts. I've instructed the students to use Kid Pix stamps for a variety of assessments. As a quick math assessment students are able to easily stamp patterns and number sentences. For language arts, students are able to stamp pictures which match a designated letter sound. Using the drawing tools, students are easily able to create straight lines, circles, squares and other geometric shapes. The computer allows students to communicate their ideas in a manner which is sometimes more efficient than a paper/pencil task.

Productivity and Professional Practice
Teachers use technology to enhance their productivity and professional practice. Teachers:

A. use technology resources to engage in ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.

B. continually evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning.

C. apply technology to increase productivity.

D. use technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents, and the larger community in order to nurture student learning.

The Internet has opened up opportunities for on-line classes and sharing lesson plans world-wide. I am continually using the Internet as a resource for my own understanding of content that I am responsible to teach my students. I have participated in an on-line course with discussion boards, it is very convienent and effective.

I find myself continually reflecting and rethinking the delivery methods that I use in the classroom. I am always looking to make my teaching innovative and exciting for my students. I strive to use the technology resources that are available to us in the most effective manner. I have found that the technology allows me to diversify the learning enviroment, differentiate instruction, and meet the wide-range of individual needs that my students possess.

From a classroom management standpoint, computers have made my life much easier. Creating spreadsheets has become a breeze with Microsoft Excel. Classroom newsletters take on a professional look as I am able to quickly create with Microsoft Word. Creating a classroom web site has been very time consuming, but the rewards are well worth it. I am able to share my teaching practices with other professionals, my students and the parents.

With e-mail, communication may reach multiple people with the click of the mouse! Important messages are relayed in a flash. Our school has adopted a "paper-free" policy for memos and messages. We are asked to check our e-mail at least two times trhoughout the day. Technology is making our lives more efficient, that is of course when it is working properly.

Social, Ethical, Legal and Human Issues
Teachers understand the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in PK-12 schools and apply those principles in practice. Teachers:

A. model and teach legal and ethical practice related to technology use.

B. apply technology resources to enable and empower learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities.

C. identify and use technology resources that affirm diversity

D. promote safe and healthy use of technology resources.

E. facilitate equitable access to technology resources for all students.

One of the main issues revolving around a classroom web site is to have permission from parents before posting any student work or photographs to the Internet. A signed permission slip must be obtained from all parents of the students in my classroom. If a parent denies the right to use a photograph, that child must be excluded from all class pictures that are posted to the Internet.

All students are able to benefit from learning with technology. The level of student motivation and desire to learn within my classroom has sky rocketed with the introduction of the digital photography and the Smart Board technology. I have fun teaching and the students have fun learning, our classroom is a happy place to be!

The Smart Board was purchased for our lower elementary classroom teachers to integrate into the curriculum. The Smart Board is an adaptive technology that allows our students to use their large motor skills to interact with the computer programs. We have found that the students are engaged and motivated to put their skills to work as they approach the Smart Board, often times the student takes on the "teacher" role as he/she is demonstrating in front of the class. The Smart Board promotes oral language development, large and fine motor skills, sensory integration, leadership and group speaking skills.

We have had many class discussions about Internet safety. It is important to promote making good choices when using the Internet. It is very rare that a student in my classroom would be "surfing the net" to locate information. Internet usage is very controlled. The classroom web page is used as a webquest to locate sites that are relevant to our learning. I have preselected the sites that I would like my students to visit, then I link them to the classroom web page. Most students have access to the Internet from their home. The classroom web site provides a home-school connection, that may be updated daily if I choose to do so.

All students have the opportunity to learn through technology.

Student Technology Showcase, Capitol 9/02
Student Technology Showcase, Capitol 9/02
Smart Board; number sentences
Smart Board; number sentences
Computer Lab; Microsoft Clip Art
Tracing Shapes; Smart Board
Computer Lab; Microsoft Clip Art
Smart Board; Greedy Gator
Creating a Techno Book
Friend of the Day Interview
Friend of the Day; Smart Board