All goals have been accomplished!
2a. Teachers design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
1) World Religions Blogs - Originally, I had a single blog with a number of pages set up for the students to use as a class. They expressed interest in creating their own individual blogs, however. This was an opportunity to allow them to be creative and self-guided, so this is the direction I'm going to take with it.
2) World Religions Wiki - Students are using Wikispaces for study purposes. I divided the class into four study groups via the class roster and assigned each group a separate wikipage. This has been moderately successful thus far. I've had to give incentives, e.g. surprise bonus points for participation. http://parishreligiousstudieschepey2.wikispaces.com/
3) Homework website - It contains links to educational and cultural-based resources; the webpage is used in class - i.e., the site contains more than just a calendar with a list of homework assignments.
4) Prezi - A Prezi for World Religions is linked on the homework site. It contains the essential points of the entire course with illustrations. This is used in class to foster discussions. It's also available 24/7 for student to review for upcoming tests by virtue of it's location on the homework site.
5) Essential course documents - They're attached to the homework page in both Word and PDF formats; PDF format works well for those with an iBooks app on smartphones, iPads, or iTouches.
6) Contemporary Religious Issues - Currently, I've been modeling use of Twitter for gathering information on current events relevant to the course. Twitter has been very useful as an RSS filter for major global news media.
2 b. Teachers develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
Presently, the blog seems the best medium for this goal. The blog serves as the student's personal learning project and measure of individual learning (I like to think of it as a dynamic, intellectual diary of sorts).
2c. Teachers customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
Using a variety of technology tools is enabling students to learn in a variety of ways and meet individual styles, etc. See 2a examples. Variety enables for customization/individuality. This illustrates the value of using digital tech.
3a. Teachers demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
Currently, my fluency includes several Web 2.0 tools, Smartboard, Apple media/apps. I'm working to improve my knowlege of Elluminate.
3d. Teachers model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
2a examples are used in class.
4a. Teachers advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.
I’ve been demonstrating this in class while utilizing the website – modeled through my choice of educational links. My basic approach: “Use sources that uphold a tradition of excellence,” e.g. edu's, publishing house websites, blogs by professionals in the field, resources that are considered standards in a particular area, etc.
4d. Teachers develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.
World Affairs Club – We are using Twitter as our primary means of communication. (My advisory is planning a Skype session with Pippa Tucker who will be living in Australia as of December.)