Instructional Media


Meeting the NETS-S
November 25, 2011, 3:10 pm
Filed under: EDIM 502 Project Based Learning

This week we looked at the International Society for Technology in Education’s website which lists technology skills that students should learn at different stages of their development.  The list is broken into “experiences with technology and digital resources (that) are examples of learning activities in which students might engage” which each relate back to the following standards: Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making, Digital Citizenship, and Technology Operations and Concepts (ISTE, 2011). These standards have all been addressed in the past, but the focus is to now incorporate Web 2.0 tools to broaden our students’ experiences and develop marketable skills for what we can image being our technology saturated future.

Communication skills can be practiced and honed using many Web 2.0 tools on a variety of levels.  Students can interact with other students, classrooms, family, and professionals using email, ePals, a variety of chat rooms, discussion boards, instant messaging, and video conferencing using tools such as Skype or Yahoo Messenger.  Tools such as these allow students to share in the thoughts, experiences, and cultures through others’ eyes while also sharing their own. 

Students can collaborate with each other and teachers using many of the same Web 2.0 tools used to communicate as well as site sharing sites such as Diigo and document sharing tools such as Google Docs.  Students learn valuable life skills/standards when working together in such forums such as respecting the opinions of others, organization skills, research, and decision making in order to create a final product or come to a unified conclusion.

Publishing work via Web 2.0 applications can take on many forms.  I have enjoyed using Prezi, Voicethread, Wikispaces, and Glogster so far as presentation tools.  When students publish work they are able to show off their combined efforts of research and creativity.  Throughout this whole process of communicating, collaborating, and finally publishing all participants need to be aware of their spoken and written word since others will need to understand and react to it.

Sources:

International Society for Technology in Education. (2011). Nets for students 2007 profiles. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students/nets-for-students-2007-profiles.aspx

International Society for Technology in Education. (2011). Nets for students 2007: iste.nets.s advancing digital age learning. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students/nets-student-standards-2007.aspx

Links:

Diigo:  http://www.diigo.com/

ePals:  http://www.epals.com/

Glogster EDU:  http://edu.glogster.com/

Google Docs:  http://docs.google.com/

Prezi:  http://prezi.com/

Skype:  http://www.skype.com/

Voicethread:  http://voicethread.com/

Wikispaces:  http://www.wikispaces.com/

Yahoo Messenger:  http://messenger.yahoo.com/