For the ISTE 2 standard, I developed this question: Utilizing technology, how can I create formative and summative assessments that facilitate student growth and excitement that enriches the classroom experience?
In doing research for this question, I came across the Khan Academy and was immediately intrigued. In serving students’ in special education, I will have to be open to all teaching tools that have the potential to increase student learning. The Khan Academy is a free resource that teachers and students can use that provides students with videos to watch and matching assessments to take. The classroom experience is flipped for students and teachers. The lessons are viewed at home and during time in class, students’ are assisted in trying to utilize the lesson material to solve problems. There is the potential to alter the dynamics in a classroom to increase peer to peer and teacher student interactions. There will be challenges with students finding time and resources necessary to take advantage of Khan Academy but it also has the additional benefit of increasing family involvement. The Khan Academy videos and assessments could be utilized for specific students or the whole classroom.
From my classmate Michael Warren, I have also been introduced to a great link that contains suggestions for utilizing different technologies that will benefit the different learning strengths that students’ possess. The site is focused around Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and provides technological tools that are a good match for the different multiple intelligences. A challenge faced in special education is trying to design lesson material with students’ strengths in mind. This article will facilitate in the process.
From our course reading materials, I enjoyed reading about the possibility of creating virtual laboratories for conducting science experiments in the NMC Horizon Report. The report touts the potential of providing students with greater access to costly equipment that most schools might not be able to afford (p 32). This could potentially lead to an enriched classroom experience for both students and teachers. As a teacher, if the opportunity arose, I could choose to purchase computer equipment that could serve multiple benefits across subject matters instead of just a science specific piece of equipment that only served one function.
In designing lessons, a question that I will ask myself is: Am I taking full advantage of all the technological resources at my disposal to increase student learning and growth? In order for me to be able to answer this question accurately, I will need to stay up to date myself on the potential tools available. This class has increased my knowledge of how I can increase students learning opportunity through technology. I’m sure it will continue to do so.
Links and Reference
Johnson, L.,(2013). The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K12 Edition.
New Media Consortium, 1-44.