July 26: ISTE 3 EDTC6431

ISTE standard 3 focuses on students using and applying technology for research and information fluency including gathering, evaluating, and using information. I chose to look into ways that teachers can prepare students to best use technology when researching. I found an incredible resource online to guide students through the research process. One thing that I have noticed is that students either don’t know how to research or they learn it in one content area and are not aware that they can transfer those skills into a different content area. Although it is important to remember that it is every teacher’s responsibility to teach the academic skills necessary for students to be successful in their individual class, it can be challenging to know how to best teach them something like research. Of course the school librarian can be utilized for teaching students how to research, but the link above which brings you to the Carnegie Mellon Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation website provides a search engine of sorts for all research related issues teachers may face from students: anything from “students don’t have the prerequisite knowledge or skills, but they think they do” to “students get frustrated with the research process and give up”. By clicking the issue that applies to the situation, a list of strategies are provided to correct the problem at hand. Although some of things such as scaffolding assignments may be second nature to most teachers, this website is an important reminder of all of the details that are needed when asking or expecting a student to complete a task. I believe this relates to the standard because it deals explicitly with research and determining which information found is worth using. Students won’t know how to do this on their own, even if they are the most tech savvy student in the class, and this website breaks research issues down into easy preventative steps for teachers.

Along with looking into ways to support successful student research, this module brought me through an investigation of blended learning (Wong, 2014). I found this to be an interesting article as the school I work for is working towards 1:1 integration in the school. I have to admit, I was hesitant at first when I heard about the plan for our school, but the more I am able to explore the benefits of technology in the classroom and the access that students have to materials at any given time due to having their own devices, I am thrilled with the possibilities that are available. I still am concerned about the students who do not have internet at home, but there will be options such as downloading documents to work on without needed internet supports and luckily at my school we have school time designated weekly for homework to help support those students succeed.

Wong, W. (2014). How technology enables blended learning. EdTech focus on K-12. Retrieved from http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2014/04/how-technology-enables-blended-learning

Enhancing Education: Solve a Teaching Problem. Carnegie Mellon Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation. Retrieved from https://www.cmu.edu/teaching/solveproblem/strat-cantresearch/index.html

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