ISTE / NCATE Standards for Educational Technology Programs
- TL-I. Technology Operations and Concepts.
Educational technology leaders demonstrate an advanced understanding of technology operations and concepts.
- EDIT 6190: The functionality of style
This class was largely about web design using HTML. I had already hand-coded web pages using basic HTML, so Dr. Noah assigneed me the task of developing a project using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). I wanted to create something useful for my class, hence the title. I used CSS, Active Server Pages (ASP), and HTML forms, to allow students to create web-based Venn diagrams and concept maps. In this Web 2.0 world of blogs, wikis and other Internet-based applications, users do not always need to understand the programming in order to develop useful content.
- EDIT 6000: The digital picture frame
In this class we covered learned in depth about technology: hardware, software, operating systems, and networking. I was already familiar with the inside workings of a desktop computer, and very knowledgable regarding windows Operating systems since version 3.11. Dr. Wiggins and David Milliams helped me extend my knowledge through this project, where I dissected a laptop and created a nifty device that runs a Linux OS.
- TL-II. Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences.
Educational technology leaders plan, design, and model effective learning environments and multiple experiences supported by technology.
- EDIT7500: The SWD Palm Project: While my school was undergoing renovation and we were looking to be without a computer lab for another year, I had asked for a wireless classroom set of laptops. My proposal was for the kids to use them to make a web based newsletter about biology. The next thing I knew, I was getting a class set of Palm Pilots instead. The kids raved about them, of course, and I was very glad to get them. On the flip side, I came to understand how hard it is for a teacher to manage technology when there is not a support person in the building. As you can tell from the students' reaction, this technology did help change the learning environment from one where we were confined to a trailer and yet still were able to access information from anyewhere in the world. And yes, they played games, too.
- EDIT6200: The AP European History Essay Wiki The goal for this project was to be the consultant for another teacher and change the learning environment in their clasroom. The French teacher in our school was teaching AP European history for the first time and was struggling to get his kids to write essays well enough. This wiki allowed the students to work collaboratively in writing their essays and to give each other feedback without marking up a hard copy. The instructor was able to publish the essay questions on the web without learning a lot of complex code and assess the student responses and give feedback from virtually anywhere.
- TL-III. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum.
Educational technology leaders model, design, and disseminate curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning.
- EDIT6170: Designing an Optimal Digital Imaging System: Lens Selection Dr. Chi Thai in the department of biological and agricultural engineering was my group partner in this project. His students were having difficulty learning several of the concepts in his Applied Machine Vision (ENGR4540) class. He also taught this same course on-line to students in Japan. Therefore, using a web site aligned to Gagne's events of instructions, we developed a lesson so that students could select a commercial lens for a digital camera, and would provide them with practice and instant feedback during the lesson. I took on the role of instructional designer, Dr. Thai was the Subject Matter Expert. I designed the majority of this web site, Dr. Thai provided many of the figures and the embedded Camtasia lectures.
- EDIT6400: Modern Handheld Computers in the High School Science Classroom: A Literature Review As a Master's student, I had the option of doing a lesson plan or a literature review for this course. I had never done a literature review before, so I decided to research a technology I was using right in my classroom. I was able to apply the knowledge I gained in this research of the literature directly to evaluate my own classroom Palm project, and improve my lessons.
- TL-IV. Assessment and Evaluation Educational technology leaders communicate research on the use of technology to implement effective assessment and evaluation strategies.
- EDIT7500: Student rubrics for the Palm ProjectThis video shows the development of rubrics for projects my students created on their Palm wireless handhelds. There were three types of projects: a first person fictional story, an interview with a professional in the healthcare or biological sciences, or a biological web site review. Each group of students developed a rubric for their project, the rubric was then produced in Excel (Docs To Go for the Palm), converted to HTML, and posted to the web. Between the web-based and Palm based rubrics, all students had "anytime/anywhere" access to their project rubrics. EDIT6900: Designing a Collaborative Learning Lesson Plan: A "PresentationQuest" In this research-based class, we developed a literature search on a topic. Rather than actually doing research, we created an artifact that was based on our research. I created a PowerPoint with my findings from the literature on collaboration, and then guided the development of a lesson plan that would include collaborative activities.
- TL-V. Productivity and Professional PracticeEducational technology leaders design, develop, evaluate and model products created using technology resources to improve and enhance their productivity and professional practice.
- EDIT6200: Owning your own Internet domain (GaETC Presentation) Dr. Moore encouraged us to submit a proposal for GaETC 2006. I had found that owning my own domain opened my classroom up to a lot of the new web-based applications, where the web space we were given by the school district was very limiting. I wanted to show not only how to register a domain and manage a site, but also the potential instructional uses for one. Just recently, I received my feedback from the presentation and it has encouraged me to think about a proposal for next year.
- EDIT7640: Internship - Development of the DeKalb Plato training web site During my internship, I helped develop DeKalb County's web site for Plato Courseware training. Specifically, they wanted me to use Camtasia to show teachers how to log-in to the Plato web site, enroll students, manage courses, and generate reports. The Plato administrative site is complex and not intuitive in terms of navigation. Using the skills I developed in EDIT 6170 (Instructional Design) I broke down each function into its most basic skill and created very short, quick-loading files. While the site itself has recently been redesigned to a common standard table-based format, DeKalb is still using the videos I created.
- TL-VI. Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues Educational technology leaders understand the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in P-12 schools and develop programs facilitating application of that understanding in practice throughout their district/ region/state.
- EDIT6100: WebQuest on the Holocaust A fully developed multi-stage webquest about the horrors of the holocaust. Students rolepaly four different parts trying to discover what is going on in Nazi Germany. Using the jigsaw pedagogical technique, they perodically unite to share knowledge gained from various Holocaust-related web sites on the web, and develop a report for the President. This was a group project with Amy Dean and Daniel Bohmer. I worked on the code, Amy and I wrote the story, and Daniel researched the resources that would link into the project.
- EDIT7640: Internship - eTech Training
- As part of my internship, I assisted a DeKalb Instructional Technologist in teaching DeKalb's version of the HB1187 Computer Competency Course, known as eTech. Many of the teachers in this course had not passed the AssessOnline exam, and so this group needed the extra help. The content, as seen in this teacher's checklist, is aligned with the ISTE standards for teachers. I was there for three days, and on the third day helped teach much of the content for standard six, including acceptable use policies, copyright, and student safety. I was also able to share my personal experience with the student safety issue: despite my warning, I once had a student post their home phone number directly into my class blog!
- TL-VII. Procedures, Policies, Planning, and Budgeting for Technology Environments. Educational technology leaders coordinate development and direct implementation of technology infrastructure procedures, policies, plans, and budgets for P-12 schools.
- EDIT6320: Technology Plan for 5th Grade Science and Language Arts Curriculum at Taylor Elementary School:A collaboration of Firewire SpecialOps (Amy Dean, Sonja Fox, Albert Gresens and myself). We developed a complete technology plan for a new curriculum under the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). We felt that these two disciplines link together naturally: scientists must be able to effectively communicate their findings to the public. The mode of delivery for the lessons was inquiry-based projects that included writing samples as a desired artifact. We all worked so well together that it is hard now to say who did what. Early on, we set up a discussion board in WebCT where we would submit our original drafts and revisions through Word's track changes feature. For major and final edits, we relied on unanimous decisions. So while one person would largely be responsible for writing a section, everyone had a responsibility for the final product. EDIT7550: No Child Left Behind: Teacher's Talk
The members of Firewire SpecialOps created a video highlighting the impact of the federal law on teachers' classrooms. We divided into roles, and I was the project manager. I was involved in every step of the plan, using Dr. Branch's SPICE (Scope Plan Implement Close End)
model. Through this class I learned about the process of project management, as well as several tools (Microsoft Project, Gannt charts, work breakdown structures) used in project implementation.
- TL-VIII. Leadership and Vision. Educational technology leaders will facilitate development of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology and foster an environment and culture to conducive to the realization of the vision.