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Sunken Soviet ship on the Danube River outside of Turnu Severin, Romania

Sunken Soviet ship on the Danube River outside of Turnu Severin, Romania

5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

This standard is involving the professional development of educators rather than the direct instruction of students.  This is one standard I can say I have been deeply involved in.  Our district has had a strong focus on technology in instruction for at least 2 years now, pushing us to improve our technological abilities as well as the abilities of our students.

There has not been a great push to be involved in web-base interaction until very recently.  The use of web-based seminars has been implemented recently, and it has had a positive impact so far.  Many of the seminars we are involved in as PD are developed into Webinars that we can go back to later and interact with.
Even with that being implemented, we don’t see a great deal of actual multi-cultural interaction through web-based activities.

On the last part, dealing with the vitality of the school, I have yet to seen a high school that has a strong positive school culture.  Most classrooms are very isolated from one another and have very little interaction.  The overall vitality of the school is often left to the administration to determine and maintain, and with very little success without the interaction of the faculty and staff.  I can definitely see how technology could have a positive impact on that school culture, but without the basic  school culture in place it is very difficult to use technology to enhance what is no really there from the start.  It is difficult to contribute to the betterment of the school if this is the case.

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Standard 4 deals with the teaching of students how to handle technology in a fair and honest way.  It addresses a teacher’s need to teach students how to use technological sources without plagiarizing, guaranteeing students equal access to the technology and fostering cultural awareness and sensitivity in any interactions with different cultures through technology.

This standard is one that my students have a very difficult time comprehending.  The idea of plagiarism is something that they say they understand, but don’t seem to have a very good true understanding of.  I have explained how plagiarism online is very easy to accomplish, simply copy and paste , but that it is the same as if they  took credit for the work of another author from a book.  Often, this idea seems to confuse them and I find that they end up plagiarizing work anyway, seemingly unknowingly.

In terms of equitable access to technology, that is something that is a battle at my school.  There are not many computers to access when compared to the population of our school, and ultimately the regular ed and honors kids seem to take priority when it comes to access to the computers we do have.  I am not sure that is a conscious decision on the parts of anyone, but it does happen very often.  It is hard to get students to become technologically savvy when they cannot access the technology at school or at home.

I would love to have some sort of cross-cultural interaction in my classroom via online activities.  I am not sure, with the limited technology access we have at this point, if that would be feasible.