When looking through the Technology Standards I realized I would like to be more proficient in many areas, but I decided to focus this year on:
1. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats
2. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
In order to share information with families about my students, I will learn how to create digital portfolios. I am very intrigued at the simplicity this can create and the organizational factor is huge. I used to keep portfolios on my students, but when I began having such large class sizes, it went to the wayside. As far as pursuing my goal with integrating more digital creativity, I will contact a colleague of mine that uses digital story-telling for a unit we put together. I see her dedicating a large amount of time for students to create their story, so I need to definitely plan accordingly.
It will be evident whether or not I am able to pursue my goals or not. My hopes are to have students using a lap top to share they work with families by spring conference. As well, the unit I want my students to use digital story-telling with begins in the spring. I will keep track of my progress initially by creating these two items on my own.
In order to properly evaluate the two goals I have set for myself, I would first like to have a family evaluation about how they felt the conference went using the digital format. As for the digitial story-telling project, I would seek out critical feedback from my colleague that has used this previously and attending many trainings on implementation.