Vision Statement

Educators are surrounded by goals and expectations. One of the most important goals is student learning. Educators are responsible for molding the leaders of tomorrow.  To prepare students for jobs that don’t even exist yet.  It is a career that is demanding, daunting and yet more rewarding than any other.

One advantage that teachers of today have over teachers of the past is the opportunity to use technology in the classroom.  As educators, we need to harness the power of technology and use it to enhance student learning. In the 2013 Horizon Report, several key trends are identified to help K-12 educators prepare for shifts in technologies. Among these key trends, is the ability for the school and teachers to reevaluate their role in education and how best to help students.  “Institutions must consider the unique value that schools add to a world in which information is everywhere, and generally free. In such a world, sense making and the ability to assess the credibility of information are paramount. Mentoring and preparing students for the world in which they will live and work, is again at the forefront. (Johnson et al.,2013).

Technology is a new literacy and is equally as important as other content skills.  It is each educator’s responsibility to ensure that their students have the skills necessary to be successful in college and/or be competitive in the work force.  Students also need to be able to communicate effectively, be critical thinkers and be able to collaborate. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills created a framework that, “Presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century (P21, 2011)

It is an exciting time in education and roles are changing.  Teacher’s are no longer the keepers of knowledge.  Instead, they need to mentor and guide students to find and synthesis the wealth of knowledge that is at their fingertips. It is important that the necessary steps to integrate technology and prepare for future are in place.  A clear technology integration plan needs to be outlined and time for professional development is imperative to success.

Technology has the power to motivate students by gaining their attention and supporting their individual needs (Roblyer & Doering, 2013, p. 25). Technology also can provide teachers with information they need to guide instruction and provide students with individualized learning.  According to Edutopia (2008), “Properly used, technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy” (para. 1).  It is the job of the student, parent, teacher, school, and community to prepare and flourish with technology.  It is already in the hands of students.  It is our responsibility to ensure they know what to do with it.  If everyone works together, the needs of students will be met, by providing integrated experiences that challenge and reward all those involved.

References:

Edutopia Staff. (2008). Why integrate technology into the curriculum?: The reasons are many. Edutopia. Retrieved September 2, 2013, from http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-introduction

Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Cummins, M., Estrada V., Freeman, A., and Ludgate, H. (2013). NMC Horizon report: 2013 K-12 edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2011). Framework for 21st century learning. Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/overview

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching. Boston: Pearson.

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About andiarnold

I am a student in the MET program at Boise State.
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3 Responses to Vision Statement

  1. Andi,
    I enjoy your thoughts on both educators and students. I agree that “teachers are no longer just keepers of knowledge.” In order for students to get the most out of their education they need to be taught in the way society is leading them. Technology is all around them and most students adapt well to it. Although education is changing towards more use of technology, that shouldn’t prevent students from learning. Technology should feed the students’ knowledge and I agree in that it is the responsibility of the educators to incorporate it. Proper implementation will allow these students to become successful in their future. It’s amazing what is out there!
    Great vision Andi!
    Jen

  2. laceyhall2 says:

    I thought you brought out several key points in your vision statement. It is true that one of the most important goals of educators is student learning. That is our mission as educators, and as you said we are at an advantage because of the technology and tools that are available to us today.

    I also like how you stated that technology is a new literacy and equally as important as other content skills. I think when educators begin to realize just how true this statement is we will begin to transform our classrooms to meet the needs of our students in an ever-changing, technology based world.

    Great job and great vision statement for technology!

  3. Andi,
    Your vision statement was very good. I liked how you brought in the Horizon Report and how schools are going to have to re-evaluate our role in education. I think this is an important aspect that as educators we sometimes overlook. As technology is changing and becoming more integrated into our educational system, I think the role of the teacher has to be examined closely.

    I personally am struggling in this process being in a small rural school. My time is taken up by many other responsibilities besides my teaching duties. Being in my last 2 semesters of the MET program, I now know what type of teacher that I would like to be, but I am struggling to become that teacher that integrates technology effectively and teaches my students those 21st century skills.

    I was very motivated my your vision statement, and it helped remind me of my own goals as a teacher. Very good job!!
    Mark

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