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TF-VI Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues

June 12, 2011
Technology Facilitator Standard VI: Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues
TF-VI   Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues
Educational technology facilitators understand the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in P-12 schools and assist teachers in applying the understanding in their practice.
Self –Assessment
Standard IV (Williamson and Redish, 2009) requires technologist to help schools and districts in the realm of social, ethical, legal, and human issues.  Gleanings gained from the reading:
 Race, gender, income, and locale should not cause digital inequities.  Schools continue to be an equalizer for disadvantaged students.  This is important to this generation of students.  Many of the students in our district do not have access to computers at home.  Therefore, they must complete assignments at school in the library or in one of the computer labs.  I have no problem allowing students to enter my lab to complete assignments.  They must have an AUP agreement; most who as me have one.  Any who visit unauthorized sites are not allowed to use my computers.  As technologist, this is a human issue to me; student success is our number one goal.
Online safety mostly centers around online profiles on social networking sites and safety.  My students are allowed to use two educational social sites, namely schoology and edmodo.  Both are secure sites that do not allow outside access to sites.  Both allow me to control who has an account.  Online profiles can be a problem.  I ask students not to use their last names on project to no avail.  Now that Web Mastering is open to 9th grade students I will have a problem.  My classes were usually made up of 11th and 12th grade students; these students are more mature and understand the risks involved in cyber-activities.  I do agree that schools have been reasonably successful in limiting student access to inappropriate web sites.  But, there are a few students who love to push the envelope by using proxies to by-pass this software. 
A lot of the information in this chapter was not new to be because I teach Web Mastering.  I must allow my students access to the web.  I also must adhere to the district's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).  I have tried to limit access to students who do not return policy, but we start with the Internet during the first week.  This causes many to get behind.  Student already have an on-line presence because of MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook.  Unfortunately, they really do have to dummy down for school.  According to Magid (2010) in his Safe and Secure (para. 5) blog:
 But it also makes sense to think about ways to incorporate specialized social networking tools in class. The Flat Classroom Project is one example where educators have built social-networking sites (mostly using Ning) specifically for use in class and home assignments. Not only does this allow for educationally relevant communication for students in the classroom, but for them to interact with students in far away classrooms both in the U.S. and abroad so students around the world can reach and learn from each other.
I need to teach them to be safe on these and other social medias.  I have not had a problem with cyberbullying.  I know it can be a problem. 
I have learned that I will need to seek support to keep our campus and students safe while on the Internet.  My first line of support will be the librarian.  According to the Young Adult Library Services Association (2011, p. 3):
Schools and libraries are working to integrate positive uses of social media into their classrooms, programs, and services. By integrating social media into educational environments, teens have the opportunity to learn how to be safe and smart when participating in online social networks. They also learn valuable life skills, as these social technologies are tools for communication that are widely used in colleges and in the workplace.
This will further be accomplished through teacher education.  The more teachers know, the more they can share with their students.
Learn as a Learner
I have had to seek help for a student who was legally blind.  I did not know what to do to help him, and because he was not special education, they could not or would not guide me.  His therapist helped me get the assistance he needed to be successful.  He had to change classes because the work in my class required a lot of reading and typing.  It would eventually overwhelm him.  He was empowered, while in my class, to complete tasks independently through the use of aides on the computer.  I have helped others in my department use social sites for their students.  They love that they do not have to get bogged down with paper and pencil.  The sites, edmodo and schoology, allow student to submit work or take tests online. 
Lifelong Learning Skills
I will have to continue to learn copyright law to help teachers on campus understand it.  There is a lot to learn and it will require a major commitment on my part to stay up-to-date.  The librarian also plays an important role in helping teachers understand copyright law.  Also, so much has changed in the legislature regarding the Internet.  Career and Technology TEKS were changed this school year.  This will continue to affect what we teach.  I need to make sure I know current legislation and have an ear to know what is coming down the pike.  I also need to know what is acceptable so that teachers do not request what I cannot legally deliver. I will continue to share new technology with my peers.  I feel that anything that can empower our students is worth sharing.  I will continue to ask to present professional development, especially in relation to social media and copyright laws.  Some questions for further research include:
What is the proper way to set up a computer lab?
What assistive technology should all labs have in place to meet individual needs of students?

Magid, L. (2010). Social networking belongs in school. CNET News. Retrieved from http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-10459983-238.html#ixzz1P4QB7nNa
Young Adult Library Services Association. (2011). Teens & social media in school & public libraries: A toolkit for librarians & library workers. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/profdev/sn_toolkit11.pdf

TF-V Productivity and Professional Practice

June 12, 2011
TF-V          Productivity and Professional Practice
Educational technology facilitators apply technology to enhance and improve personal productivity and professional practice.  
Self –Assessment
Some key points from Chapter Five, Productivity and Professional Practice (Williamson and Redish), that learned and need to remember as technologist are: 
    •Students benefit indirectly when educators use technology to enhance their own productivity and professional practice.  When teachers know a...
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Reflections - EDLD 5368 Instructional Design

June 8, 2011
EDLD 5368  Instructional Design

Instructional Design is a course I really enjoyed, even though my grade does not reflect it.  I learned the basics of creating effective instructional design for online courses and professional development and the principles of instruction design. The assignments taught me a new way to approach instruction, in that I learned about designing a lesson with the end product in mind.
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TF/TL Standard III - Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum

June 6, 2011
TF-III          Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum
Educational technology facilitators apply and implement curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for utilizing technology to maximize student learning.
I teach Web Mastering, therefore, I understand the importance of using technology daily in my classroom.  My lesson plans must include the use of technology.  As technology leader on campus, it would become my job to make sure that all teachers understand and impl...
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Reflections - EDLD 5364 Teaching with Technology

June 5, 2011

EDLD 5364 - Teaching with Technology
Teaching with Technology was one of my favorite classes because I teach Web Mastering.  The class allowed me to collaborate and create a solution to a scenario-based group project.   This involved creating a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lesson using the CAST Lesson Builder.  I created an e-book as part of our design (Scott, 2011).  I learned many practical applications to help me challenge my students.  This includes looking at constru...
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Reflections: EDLD 5362 - Information Systems Management

June 5, 2011

Reflections - EDLD 5362 Information Systems Management

This class, Information Systems Management, allowed me to get a better look at the importance of student data. I already knew the importance of student data because I was the registrar prior to becoming a teacher. The class confirmed the adage, student data is what pays the bills, plain and simple. We must get this right for everything else to be right. Additionally, I learned that, "Four key ideas continually surface when i...
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Reflections - EDLD 5333 Leadership for Accountability

May 29, 2011
Reflections - EDLD 5333
Leadership for Accountability

     I developed an action plan for the purpose of improving student achievement and developed a statement of my personal vision of leadership. To accomplish this, I visited the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Web site and located and analyzed Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data for our campus. This involved looking at various sections of the AYP report including scores, attendance, and graduation rate. Our school is rated "acceptable" at this ...
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Reflections - EDLD 5306 Concepts of Educational Technology

May 29, 2011

Reflections - EDLD 5306
Concepts of Educational Technology

To borrow words from the assignments for EDLD 5306, I examined the role and responsibilities of an educational technology leader in the 21st century information landscape. Each week focused on different elements.
Week 1: looked at educational technology in terms of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, the Technology Applications TEKS, and the Technology Applications Inventory.
This was my first occasion to really look at these items....
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Final Reflections - Teaching with Technology

March 28, 2011
Final Reflections - Teaching with Technology
The course, Teaching with Technology, has taught me how to integrate technology in all aspects of education for all students. I teach technology, so, for me, technology is integrated in every aspect of my class from daily blogs to exams. I have drug a few of my fellow technology teachers along in that they are now paperless, as I am. But, even as I work with technology each and everyday, I did not consider the students in my class or school who str...
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Week 5 Reflections

March 27, 2011
Week 5 Reflections

"The kind of schooling that requires knowing a lot of facts but does not provide the ability to solve problems with the facts is on its last legs. Innovation and creativity are required, to survive in a developed country, outside of low level service work, for all who plan to work in an ever changing global market. Video games put you in an environment where you must solve problems. Games do not separate learning from assessment; they give feedback to the learning curve you ...

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Hope Scott I am a Web Technologies teacher. I created this blog as part of my Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership for Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

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