Digital Age Learning, or at least that is the first description that I came across on ISTE NETS website. Along with that was the following statement.
“As foundational technology skills penetrate throughout our society, students will be expected to apply the basics in authentic, integrated ways to solve problems, complete projects, and creatively extend their abilities. ISTE’s NETS for Students (2007) help students prepare to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities” (2011).
There were several skills that were also identified as higher-order thinking skills that were critical for students to learn. If these are skills that our students will need to know, that means us, as future teachers, will need to be able to TEACH them these:
1)Deminstrate creativity and innovation
2) Communicate and collaborate
3)Conduct research and use information
4)Think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
5) Use technology effectively and productively
So if teachers are to get there students to practice these skills, then the teachers must know how to perform these skills themselves. Luckily, I did not have to travel to far away from they student standards until I came across the teacher ones. There is a reason why we have standards set in our content knowledge in order to graduate. We need to be accountable for the knowledge we should be able to provide to our students.
1)Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity: Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
2)Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments: Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified.
3) Model Digital-Age Work and Learning: Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in global and digital society.
4) Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility: Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
5) Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership: Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, modeling lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
This is just the basics. This website offers not only the standards that students AND teachers should be meeting, but it offers books, exercises, and examples from other teachers to get the job done. There are news articles and conferences provided by this site as well. There is so much to possible cover it all, so have a look for yourself.
Can you provide for your students what the list above suggests? What the above list may soon be a requirement?