When thinking about my goals I first looked at the student standards as they are the ones who will be directly affected by how and what I learn during my COETAIL journey. After that, I looked at the educator standards to think about which ones will impact my students in the most positive way keeping in mind the learning needs of upper elementary students in the past few years in regards to digital literacy. I chose the following goals as I think these will best shape my classroom practice. All the goals I chose are under the ISTE Standards for Educators. I will be doing the COETAIL certificate non-credit.
Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
My classes always have a curiosity, and I think that a challenge of promoting research with digital literacy is to allow students to continue to curiously examine resources without getting frustrated because they can’t find appropriate sources to satisfy their needs. In the past we have worked closely with the librarians to used the model of “Take it APART” to analyze digital sources, we have found some success with this and students enjoy examining sites to see if they are reliable and appropriate. I would like to find new methods to do this more seamlessly and try new ways to help develop fluency, literacy, and examination to become more of the classroom culture as current world issues demand a sharp eye when viewing resources. The students have so much that they want to learn about and I want to help them the navigate information in a safe, responsible, and efficient way
Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active deep learning.
At the last Learning 2 in Tokyo, I attended a workshop (thanks Tanya) into the idea of student curation and how it can develop deeper connections. I tried a couple of times after returning and it was a great way to get students thinking and making connections. Making connections is what develops the deeper learning and my goal is to continue building authentic learning experiences that are connected to different strands of the curriculum that allow students to use technology and resources that help them dive deeper into content, ideas, and concepts. At the same time, it can be so much work to curate these resources for students. I want to find a better workflow that helps me design activities and platforms that can help students to develop their own agency and discover connections.
Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
In the PYP the inquiry cycle is so similar to the design cycle, but in my practice, I think I can do better incorporating language into more areas of learning. I am trying to do it now with planning for service learning and started using computational thinking to help with teaching math concepts. I want to continue thinking of creative ways to integrate computational thinking and design thinking into lesson planning in a variety of subjects so students learn a systematic way to solve problems and be creative doing it. By working closely with the tech coach at the school along with my grade level team I hope to accomplish this.