Technology That Guides Learning

Using technology in the classroom

The GAME Plan September 12, 2012

Cennamo, Ross, and Ertmer (2009) offer four suggestions of self-directed learning. These suggestions and recommendations are what they consider the GAME plan. As they mention, “The GAME plan requires you to think about and take steps to direct your learning process, specifically while learning about technology and how to integrate it into the curriculum” (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009, p. 3). In other words, teachers must determine the steps that will help their students to benefit the most from their education while using technology to enrich the curriculum. The acronym GAME stands for setting Goals, taking Action to meet those goals, Monitoring progress toward achieving goals, and Evaluating whether the goals were achieved and Extending your learning to new situations (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009, p. 3).

As our class assignment requests, I have read through the National Education Standards for Teacher (NETS-T) from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and determined which two standards I would like to improve upon. I feel that standards one and two are areas that I would like to further develop within my teaching profession. These standards state that teachers will “Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity” and “Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments” (ISTE, 2012). Using the GAME plan, I have developed ideas on how I will gain more knowledge and experience with these standards.

GOALS:

I would like to improve the way that I am able to “facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity” (ISTE, 2012). While I am confident in my content knowledge, I want to support my students’ learning by offering creative ways to share their knowledge. I want to engage my students in real-world issues and ask them to work them out using technology tools.

I also want to become more comfortable in “design[ing] and develop[ing] digital age learning experiences and assessments” (ISTE, 2012). I want to create authentic lessons and assessments that will give my students real-world experiences within the realm of English. I would also like to incorporate more virtual experiences for my students as many of them do not have the opportunities to go outside of our city.

ACTIONS:

I know that I can offer more real-world issues through project-based learning. I will need to determine which parts of my curriculum that I am able to turn into project-based learning activities and allow my students to use the available technology to work on these issues.

I will need to become more comfortable in using new technology in order to allow my students more authentic assessments in the digital age. I know that I can attend mini-workshops with my school’s technology coordinator in order to become more up to date on these technologies.

MONITOR:

In order to ensure that I accomplish my goals and actions, I need to determine dates to implement these goals and activities. In keeping with a timeline, I can set mini goals for myself in order to plan, implement, and reflect on my chosen standards.

EVALUATE:

I will evaluate whether I was able to “facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity” (ISTE, 2012) by reflecting on my own lesson plans as well as using student feedback. I think my students will be able to offer me those most honest opinions on whether or not they felt that they were being asked to be creative. I think it will also be easy to determine whether the lessons I produce are based on real-world issues by how my students respond to them.

Evaluating my goal of “design[ing] and develop[ing] digital age learning experiences and assessments” (ISTE, 2012) will also be determined by how my students respond to the activities. My students will be able to provide invaluable information on the authenticity of the lesson and on how much they felt they learned from it.

In the end, I think reflection will be the biggest key in helping myself improve upon these standards. I also feel that asking for colleague and peer assistance will help me to enhance what I know as well as learn new teaching ideas and technology tools.

Other than those that we have used through Walden, what are other technology tools that you all have used to enhance real-world activities and lessons?

References:

Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

ISTE, I.S. (2012). Nets for Teachers. Retrieved September 12, 2012 from:
http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/nets-t-standards.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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5 Responses to “The GAME Plan”

  1. Emily, Thank you for the post at http://chrisruetenik.blogspot.com/
    It is interesting that you and I both chose ISTE standards for teachers 1 & 2. I think several of us chose those.
    Resources from Walden that worked well for me right from the start were http://www.spiderscribe.com for concept mapping. I had always admired Inspiration software, but our district did not buy into it. Kidspiration is also idea mapping software, appropriate for elementary students. I found that Spiderscribe concept mapping was a great alternative to Inspiration idea mapping.
    Another resource I am using is the CHOMP method to reduce plagiarism. I will admit that my students were good at crossing out the words smaller than 3 letters, but were hesitate to reform the sentences from the Rachel’s Challenge document I used for the assignment. Sometimes I think the students want to be spoon fed even though 21st century learning frowns on this old method.
    Do you ever think our students need to be dragged into 21st century learning even though they complain about being bored in school? Engaging students with our lesson plans is our goal; sometimes I think we need to inform our students to get on board with the 21st century model too. Do you experience this with your intervention students? Do you think they would respond if you told them our plan?
    Chris Ruetenik

    • emilypartyka Says:

      Chris, I absolutely feel like I have to really push my students to use technology and use it correctly. Many of my students have picked up bad habits like using out of date search engines or inaccurate search words that I feel like I am constantly trying to fix. Even though my students know that technology is something they need to know, it is difficult to get them to embrace new ideas that I’m bringing to the table. They would prefer to use the tools they are familiar with and forget about the new technologies that I am using.

  2. Whitney Says:

    Emily,

    I can relate very much to everything you’re saying. I also chose standard 1. I also teach English. My biggest struggle is finding a place in my curriculum to incorporate project based learning and 21st century skills. It is difficult in English to give students very many projects when there is such a huge amount of reading to be covered. I don’t know about you, but I do feel like I fall into the routine of reading, comprehension assignment, and more reading, then essays. It’s the “same old” English class. I do incorporate technologies as much as possible. Some of my favorites are Spiderscribe for taking notes and blogspot for collaborative assignments. However, this is still a work in progress. I still struggle to make English creative, engaging, and real world applicable. Thank you for your post. It’s always nice to hear from another English teacher 🙂

    Whitney

    • emilypartyka Says:

      Whitney, it sounds like we’re in the same boat! Because of all the reading and writing that our standards require, I find it difficult to work in more technology. It does become easier to read a story, do a writing assignment, and then take a quiz. I think all teachers really need to strive to take the extra steps to use technology in hopes that our students will respond positively to it.

  3. Holly Says:

    You have chosen great goals to work on and if I were you I would be feeling a bit overwhelmed about creating new lessons using project based learning. A good place to start might be searching for existing projects that others have shared on the web to give you a framework to work from or at the very least to give you some ideas. If you have a team within your department, it would be nice to work on this together. Good luck!


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