Standard I. All teachers use technology-related terms, concepts, data input strategies, and ethical practices to make informed decisions about current technologies and their applications.
This means that I know how to use hardware, software programs, how to input data, and how to use the Internet, Email, the Web, LANs and intranets. Very basic.
Standard II. All teachers identify task requirements, apply search strategies, and use current technology to efficiently acquire, analyze, and evaluate a variety of electronic information.
This means that I know how to search the Web, create and use files, graphics, images, videos and audio files. I know how to use secondary storage devices, can evaluate electronic information for accuracy and validity. I've been doing this since I first went to college 30 years ago!
Standard III. All teachers use task-appropriate tools to synthesize knowledge, create and modify solutions, and evaluate results in a way that supports the work of individuals and groups in problem-solving situations.
This means I can use word processing software, create or use spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing programs, multimedia programs and other platforms for enriching the curricula. I did all this in my "previous life" in Health Information Management before I became a teacher!
Standard IV. All teachers communicate information in different formats and for diverse audience.
This means I know how to use digital information and software to communicate effectively, to use multimedia presentation software and electronic communication tools. No problem with that one here! I blog, I wiki, I facebook, I email, I tweet, I even pinterest! And I've been using Powerpoint for many years and now have a SMARTboard!
Standard V. All teachers know how to plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate instruction for all students that incorporates the effective use of current technology for teaching and integrating the Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TA-TEKS) into the curriculum.
THIS is where it gets tricky for many music teachers. So I'll break this one down into little chunks!
- Create lessons using technology applications for individual and small/whole group activities.
- Create lessons that allow students to use technology applications in problem-solving and decision-making situations OR that emphasize collaboration and teamwork among the students.
- Use Project-Based Learning Activities that integrates technology into the curriculum and meets the TA-TEKS benchmarks.
- Evaluate student technology projects using formal and informal assessment
- Collect observable and measurable data to gauge student progress in technology applications
- Professional growth in knowledge and skills of technology applications to improve classroom instruction.
The TA-TEKS benchmarks that would apply to the music classroom are as follows:
- Students use technology with audio, video and graphics to enhance learning experiences; use software to express ideas and solve problems.
- Students use technology to participate in group projects and to build a knowledge base
- Students use technology to facilitate evaluation of work and to deliver the product in a variety of ways.
This is very brief, of course. A number of the benchmarks had to do with "Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making."
Over the next few blog posts, I will cover some of the available software, devices and applications that will help the music teacher to integrate technology in their lessons, allowing students to problem solve, make decisions, use critical thinking, participate in project-based group activities as well as display their knowledge electronically!
On Saturday, March 31st I will be presenting at the Central Texas Orff on this very subject! So plan to attend! Check out the website for more information: http://www.centraltexasorff.com/