If I’m being honest, I learned about COETAIL a week ago today. I ‘discovered’ the community the same day I committed to the certificate. This is after months of searching for master’s programs, applied to one, was accepted, but decided to opt-out. I’m not indecisive. I just rack my brain with every if/then scenario possible while also paralyzing myself with anxiety planning the future. It’s a thing. With that being said, I’m fierce about growing as an educator. And as cliche, as it sounds, I want my classroom to model 21st century teaching and learning.
Integrating technology into my teacher toolkit is wonderful catalysis to enhance my practice. After looking at the ISTE standards for educators, I chose a few I’d like to focus on below. There are a lot of great ones and it’s hard to narrow them down. I found this digital poster which makes the process more accessible, in my opinion.
ISTE Standards in Focus:
3a Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
3b Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
4b Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
5b Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
6a Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
7b Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs, provide timely feedback to students and inform instruction.
For stackable certificate options, I selected COETAIL & GET. I hope this program will help me design learning activities and assessments that are authentic and engaging. As I feel more efficient in applying the standards in my own classroom, I’d like to help other teachers and school stakeholders do the same.