Consider the "Framework for 21st Century Learning" and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). What types of changes might teachers have to make 5 years from now to keep their Comprehensive Classroom Technology Plan relevant for students? Explain.
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The International Society of Technology Education's (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T), proposes a series of "Essential Conditions" that were published for the benefit of ensuring the continuation of the 21st century model in the regular classroom.
The first condition is to promote a shared vision of the comprehensive technology classroom program. All involved in the process of conducting 21stc century teaching must be on the same page: parents, teachers, financial supporters, and all IT professionals must work under the premise that technology is here to stay. That this is not just a temporary fad in education and, therefore, that it will only grow and, perhaps, even become more complex.
Implementation planning as well as consistent funding are also suggested. If one stakeholder is not willing to cooperate then that stakeholder should be let go. A strong tech team is consistently researching best practices, consistently looking for new ways to integrate instruction, and always seeking all means possible to earn grants, fellowships, donations, or steady income options to support the purchase of materials.
Within the standards, there are specific ones which deal specifically with teaching interventions and strategies:
- hiring properly trained personnel
- offer opportunities for professional development and training
- maintaining the lessons student-centered.
These are imperative conditions. The 21st century frameworks specifically state that education should be student-centered so that the student becomes aware and responsible for their learning. Additionally, students will assess and grade themselves with the use of rubrics, while the teacher works as a facilitator.
The importance of properly-trained teachers is great because the only way to work at one level above students who are already technologically savvy is by being TPAK experts . This entails teachers that are at a near-expert level technologically, pedagogically and content-knowledge-wise.
The other essential conditions have to do with the tech program management and leadership:
- accountability and revision- of purchases, practices, and goals.
- community engagement- the involvement of parents, partners in education, and all stakeholders will increase the chances for additional support.
- curriculum frameworks- research and continuous search for further practices and techniques, resources and tools to mold accordingly to the needs of the students.
Ensuring that a comprehensive plan is in place and in continuous revision is at the core of the essential conditions proposed by ISTE and NETS-T as standards of quality that would preserve a comprehensive technology program for years to come.
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