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Outline Gen-Y ISTE – NETS∙A Assistive Technology District / Campus Policies Personal Contact
Gen-Y: Who are they ? Come from diverse cultural, economic, and geographic backgrounds. Technology natives are very comfortable with different aspects of technology. Are expected to attend college/university. More likely to graduate with basic vocational education. Most of these students were born after the invention of the microcomputer.
Gen-Y: How do they learn? Learn through media rich, interactive environments. Are less likely to pay attention to a lecture-type of educational environment unless connected with interactive activities. Like quick interactions with content, display a high capability of visual literacy. Can adapt to technology changes as they come and expect teachers to be able to do the same.
ISTE | NETS for Administrators 2009 International Society for Technology in Education NETS∙A (Administrators) – The goal is to define the knowledge and skills administrators should possess. 1. Visionary Leadership 2. Digital Age Learning Culture 3. Excellence in Professional Practice 4. Systemic Improvement 5. Digital Citizenship
Visionary Leadership All districts should create and implement a shared vision of technology integration in learning and teaching. Administrators should provide quick direction for teachers. Technology plans should be proactive and address needs as they arise.
Digital Age Learning Culture School leaders should: stress sound technology integration across the curriculum. assess how much access to technology students should have and how they will use it. outline what a classroom should look like and what role technology will play.
Excellence in Professional Practice Administrators should be able to support the professional growth of teachers and staff through: Ongoing trainings; Encourage collaboration; Provide time to work with technology; and Create a group of trainers Technology should not be viewed as “gadgets” but as an educational tool.
Systemic Improvement School leaders should: be able to identify gaps in technological needs and relate that to the vision. align policies and procedures with regards to technology to the district vision. collaborate and be prepared to act on requests from instructional technology leaders on campus.
Digital Citizenship School leaders should: ensure that everyone understands the social, ethical, and legal issues related to technology. lead by example. encourage open discussions of appropriate uses of technology on campus.
Assistive Technology Definition: Any piece of equipment, which can be modified or customized, used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Congress passed the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act in 1988. IDEIA and NCLB also mention the use of assistive technologies. The school district must pay for assistive technologies outlined in an IEP.
District/Campus Policies School leaders have the responsibility to: promote safe Internet use policies. protect student privacy. adhere to copyright laws. establish student health and environmentally sound policies. become an informed activist in promoting technology use among students and teachers. be aware of diversity issues, such as race, language, disability, and gender. identify illegal practices and establish guidelines for acceptable Internet use by teachers and students. be aware of possible health hazards.
Online Safety The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) urges principals to review all social networking sites, protect students from cyberbullying, educate teachers and students on the legalities of Internet use, and promote instructional uses of the Internet (Garland 2010). In 2001, the “Children’s Internet Protection Act” required school districts to disseminate a federally mandated Internet safety policy to prevent children under age 18 from assessing inappropriate material on the web (Levine 2001).
Personal Contact Despite the increase of technology use it is of utmost importance to make time for face to face interaction.
References Black, A. (2010). Gen Y: Who they are and how they learn., Educational Horizons, 88 (2)92-101. Garland, V. (2010). Emerging technology trends and ethical practices for the school principal. J. Educational Technology Systems, 38(1), 39-50. International Society for Technology in Education, Initials. (2009). Advancing digital-age leadership. Retrieved from http://iste.org/standards/nets-for- administrators/nets-for-administrators-sandards.aspx Larson, L., Miller, T. & Ribble, M. (2010). 5 considerations for digital age leaders. Learning & Leading with Technology, 12-15.
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