ENGAGE IN PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND LEADERSHIP
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
- Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
- Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
- Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
- Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.
The last and final, Standard V, in my opinion, is devoted to the professional growth and development of teachers and instructional technologists. Standard V emphasizes the importance of leadership and responsibility that come with being a technology teacher. Through the use of many sources, technology teachers can stay abreast of the latest technologies and best practices for use in their classrooms. My first artifact below is a plan that I created and proposed to Mississippi College to enhance the educational learning experience through the use of technology. This plan required a lot of time and preparation on how, when, and where the technology integration would take place. This plan goes through the phases of creating committees, defining a budget, and collecting research on the effectiveness of technology use in the classroom. This artifact taught me a great deal about becoming a strong leader and the importance of planning and preparation. The technology integration plan satisfies Standard V's sub-requirement, "Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others." Not only can teachers ensure that they are always up-to-date on that latest technology by attending workshops and other professional development courses, they themselves can facilitate those workshops and courses. To satisfy Standard V's sub-requirement, "Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning" I have provided a professional training proposal that I created for Mississippi College's Office of Enrollment Services. Facilitating a professional development workshop or training event, is an excellent way for teachers and educators to make the community and others aware of what technology is, and how to use it appropriately. The last and final artifact for my E-Portfolio is the project management plan that I created to demonstrate my ability to be an effective project manager. Often times instructional designers and instructional technologists are tasked with implementing a new software or technology into a classroom or school district. With that task come the great challenge of managing other people, meeting deadlines, and staying within a budget. This plan demonstrates my ability to be an effective instructional designer and leader in the technology-based academic arena. Through the use of all three artifacts below, I believe I have satisfied the requirements for Standard V of the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers.
FUTURE LEARNING GOALS
My future learning goals for Standard V consist of staying educated on the best practices, teaching theories, and learning styles to be an effective instructional designer. Specifically, attending professional development workshops and courses when possible, as well as facilitating professional workshops and courses when possible. Maintaining a positive attitude and outlook on the future, as well as the future of technology and its importance in the classroom, to me, is what it will take to be an excellent, effective, instructional designer.
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