ISTE Standard 2 & Global Project Reflection

National Technology Standards for Students

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ISTE Standard 2 Resolution

During my exploration of ISTE teaching standard 2 I was tasked with reading articles related to assessment and evaluation.  Below, you cans see a few examples of some of the websites that I read about this subject.  I re-introduced myself to the SAMR model as I wanted to refresh my memory and I am again reminded about how great of a tool it is to select the right type of technology for a specific learning objective.  Additionally, the other articles I read helped to further improve my understanding of how learning affects students and gave me additional resources to help me find appropriate digital tools.

Required Readings Completed:

Common Sense Media. (n.d.) Introduction to the SAMR Model, Ruben Puentedura on Applying the SAMR Model (video), and Ruben Puentedura on the Impact of the SAMR Model (3 videos). Retrieved from www.commonsensemedia.org.

Johnson, K. (2016). Resources to Help You Choose the Digital Tools Your Classroom Needs. Retrieved from https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-03-15-resources-to-help-you-choose-the-digital-tools-your-classroom-needs

Basye, D. (2014, August 5). Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1MC5w19

Regarding physical education I kept coming back to the P.E.Geek, who is a physical education teacher from Australia and an expert in integrating technology into education.  He has provided some of the most in-depth analysis of assessments in P.E. on the internet, as well as created multiple apps for assessment which are available through iTunes (Easy Assessment, VideoTagger, etc.).  If you wish to learn more you can find him at http://www.thepegeek.com.  I find that he is an excellent resources for assessment and I will continue to explore what he has created as time goes on.

Standard 2 & Assessment Tools

ISTE Teaching Standard 2 is specifically related to designing and developing digital age learning experiences and assessments.  Part of this standard also involves evaluating digital assessments, which is what I will be doing.  During this part of the assignment we were asked to evaluate an assessment tool used by our district and I chose basically the only one that physical education teachers are required to use. This tool, called WELNET, is a software program designed to collect the fitness testing scores from our students.

We are required to test 4th through 6th graders at the elementary level on the PACER test (cardiorespiratory endurance test), push-ups, curl-ups and flexibility.  The tool we use automatically inputs all our students’ names and when we enter scores it tells us if they are meeting standards or not.  This information is collected by the district, sent on to middle schools, and can be given to parents.     

Positives

This tool is useful as a documentation tool as it is easy to enter in scores and takes away all of the individual work of creating spreadsheets for information.  The boxes with the scores also turn colors so I can easily see if students are at standard or not.

Negatives

There has been discussion with other elementary P.E. teacher over the developmental necessity of even recording these scores in the first place; this is especially true for fourth and fifth grades.  These assessments take up numerous class periods and the little time we have with them is taken up by the tests.  Additionally, when the tests are completed students have a hard time doing them correctly and it’s difficult to get an accurate measurement from it.  

Conclusion

Overall, I like I mentioned before, I believe it is great for the simplicity of the program and that it can be used as a collection too, but the data that needs to be collected for the program, although it allows students to see their progress over time, may not be an accurate representation of their actual strength, endurance, or flexibility depending on how it is administered.  Additionally, under the SAMR model, I feel that this tool could be classified as augmentation as it does not add a significant change to what could be done without the tool, but it does streamline the process and makes it easier to disseminate data.


Global Collaboration Project

Globes

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In my course, we are required to develop a global collaboration project that involves reaching out beyond our classrooms to connect with another teacher, classroom, and/or expert and which connects ISTE standards, including Standard 2.  For our Global Collaboration Project I have been throwing around a few different ideas over the past week.  Initially, I reached out to a couple of different P.E. teachers that I know, but they were busy with other projects and it didn’t work out.  

Alternatively, my friends and I have been doing a lot of hiking in preparation for summiting Mt. St. Helens and a four day backpacking trip in the Cascade mountains.  I thought that it might be possibly to Skype in one of my friends as an “expert” and see if he could work with me to do a short unit on hiking preparation with my students.  However, I am currently focusing on leaning more towards utilizing other P.E. teachers (using Skype) to perhaps compare/contrast P.E. programs, recess games, teaching a game, or possibly do a health challenge.  Since, I’ve been struggling to find an appropriate teacher, I reached out for help and am waiting to see what will happen.  Last case scenario, one teacher at another school has offered to help, but our schedules are a little off so it would be hard to do live Skyping.  He would definitely be an excellent resource if I need it though.

Currently, I am debating on which direction to go, but if I chose a health challenge with another class it would definitely connect with the ISTE teacher standards.  For a health challenge in P.E., I would have a goal for students to try to meet for a defined period and have students discuss a plan/challenges with the other class before they did the project over Skype and then would have a follow-up meeting to talk about the results.  

Teaching Standard 1: Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity

Doing an activity like this would hit almost all subsets of this standard.  It would help to encourage innovative thinking while they decide how they are going to incorporate the health habit into their daily routine, explore a real-world issue using a digital tool (Skype), promote reflection during the final meeting, and would model knowledge acquisition using collaboration by engaging with another classroom virtually.

Teaching Standard 2: Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

Additionally, this project will require me to develop a rubric or other assessment tool of some sort that will evaluate the learning experiences of my students while using Skype.  In essence,  I will have to research best practices in order to give my students the best possible learning environment and find a way to authentically assess this experience.


References:

ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, (2014). Retrieved from
http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf .

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