Triggering Question: What training, resources, and programs are available as an innovative 3rd grade educator in a global and digital society?
Subject matters change throughout the years in school and as teachers, we need to be able to adapt and change our practices. In terms of literacy, methods of teaching has shifted from memorization and repetition, to social interactions and construction from their peers. “ . . . literacy is now shared and socially situated, and students must know how to cooperate and collaborate as they author, design, and customize their literacy efforts to the demand of the situation.” (Wake & Wittingham, 2013, p 178) As subject matters transform, new technology systems emerge and educators must demonstrate fluency with these programs. Wake and Wittingham (2013) describe this change in literacy and conduct an experiment with teacher candidates to find out how much they already know about certain programs, time to use the programs, and level of comfortability of using it in with students. Results found that teachers were willing to use the technology in classrooms if they had adequate professional training beforehand. Starting training and familiarity during internship will lead to application of these programs effectively in the future which will meet literacy requirements in the digital society.
As literacy changes, so does the emphasis on other subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Schools are pushing towards high achievement in these areas to get students prepared for the global and digital world. One of the members in my learning circle posted a link to a series of STEM simulation activities that wouldn’t necessarily be possible with school resources. http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2011/10/08/great-games-and-simulation-tools-for-teaching-stem-content-p2/
Having this source as an alternative will help students understand concepts and get some practice using materials they would otherwise not have access too. This is another way educators can transfer current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
Discovery Education (2011). Great Games and Simulation Tools for teaching STEM Content! (P2) Retrieved February 13, 2016 from http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2011/10/08/great-games-and-simulation-tools-for-teaching-stem-content-p2/
Wake, D., & Whittingham, J. (2013) Teacher candidates’ perceptions of technology supported literacy practices. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 13(3), 175-206.