NETS-T Standard 4


Standard 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.

 a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources

b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources

c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

d. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools


Teachers understand that technology is continuously changing by promoting and displaying legal and ethical practices in their every day professional careers.


a. weakness

b. Last year I had a student who was visually impaired and struggled to do research. I had to help him select appropriate websites, print off the information, read the research aloud, and have him highlight what he thought was relevant to his topic.

c. This is a strength and a weakness for me. I try to teach the students typical technological etiquette such as how to use computers correctly, how to properly turn them off, and why they should be cautious when doing searches on Google. I haven’t had the opportunity to discuss with them how to have appropriate social interactions that they may encounter at school or at home. I am hoping to focus on this with the blogging that the students will be doing this year. I am allowing them to comment on each other’s posts which will show them how to respectfully communicate with others through the use of technology.    

d. Weakness


a.  I feel as though I have been weak in this area but I have plans to improve on this with my tutorial students this year. Over the past few years as an inclusion teacher I have been in the classroom to help teach students how to cite their sources and help them understand the importance of citing. Although I did teach this I don’t feel as if we stressed it enough throughout the entire year.  This year I am having my students create their own blogs where they will be reading articles and reflecting on them. That will give me the opportunity to instill the importance of citing sources for an entire year.  

b. Strength

c. Both

d. I struggle to know how to teach students about global awareness. I have learned that international classroom interaction is an option but I am not sure how I would be able to incorporate that in my classroom as a special education teacher. I feel as if it would be easier for a content specific classroom such as social studies or science but special education classrooms are done differently all over the world. After I get my student’s blogs up I will look into it more and find ways to incorporate it.  



Copy Right Laws and Regulations Article


An Educator’s Guide to Intellectual Property

Author: cteam

This article is about the laws and regulations of the use of articles, pictures, books, songs, movies, etc. The article discussed that if pieces of work were going to be used then the person using it is supposed to ask permission from the author or the copyright company. It was also discussed that pieces of work could be used without need for permission if the author or creator had been dead for 75 years or if the copyright had run out. Although teachers are allowed to use many pieces of work for educational use there are some stipulations. Teachers who copy pieces for their class can do so only a few times before they might be asked why they didn’t just buy a book for each student to use. Teachers are also allowed to show a movie but are not supposed to show a movie to every class as it is taking money away from the producers who created the movie.

There were many angles to this article but there were a few that stood out to me. As a teacher I am worried that I have unknowingly been someone who is violating the copyright laws in my classroom. I want nothing but to set a good example for my students. I think that information has become so easily accessible over the past 10 years that people no longer worry about using something that isn’t their own work.  I found it interesting that verbal or written ideas are now automatically considered safe under the copyright law. As a student I do remember learning about the copyright laws and how you still had to register your work if you wanted it to be protected. I also did not realize that home videos and voicemail is protected under the law. I do know they talked about those things are generally not for educational use but it was a shock to me that those are also protected. When I thought about it more though, it does make sense. For example, if someone invented a new educational program and called a friend to tell them about it they should be protected from their friend copying their idea and trying to claim it as their own. It also surprised me that a child’s drawing and a comic strip is also protected from being displayed or copied. I understand that you can’t copy a comic strip without permission from the author but to post it on a bulletin board shocked me. I believe I have seen several posted in many school mail rooms that are used to keep teachers occupied while they wait on copies to be made.      

This article makes me wonder if using ideas from Pinterest or other ideas taken off the internet from “How to blogs/ videos” is illegal? Also, are the incriminating pieces of evidence such as voicemails protected by the copyright laws? Do the police just automatically get rights to use the evidence in court because they believe someone has committed a crime? What about TMZ using celebrities’ voicemails to run their gossip columns? These questions may have been covered in the article but the jargon can be difficult to understand.

NETS-T Standard 3


Standard 3

Model Digital Age Work and Learning

Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.

b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.

c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats.

d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.


Teachers are able to showcase their technological knowledge, skills, and abilities in today’s highly technology influenced society. Teachers should be able to demonstrate, collaborate, communicate, model and facilitate the uses of updated and dated technology.


a. I usually do well when I have to learn about a familiar product that has been updated. When windows updated to the 2010 version I was able to teach myself how to use the new settings based off my knowledge of the old settings. If it is a program that I have never seen before then I do struggle to understand how to use the entire program effectively.

c. I feel as if I do communicate adequately with my parents through the use of my website, emails, and telephone conferences. I would love to try holding an IEP meeting through live video chat for the parents that are unable to attend but I am unsure that it would be legal or if there would be any other stipulations.


b. I do collaborate with parents, students, and peers through the use of email, telephone, and edmodo but I am not sure that I use enough other good resources. Edmodo is a new program that the district is using to communicate with the special education teachers but I am still not as comfortable with the program as I would like to be.

d. I would like to say that I am proficient at using most of the technology in my classroom or in the school but there are times that a student is able to help me fix a problem before I am given the chance to work it out for myself. Since I teacher middle school most of my students are able to use the technology provided and are able to tell me why or why not they should or shouldn’t do something on it and what the consequences will be.

NETS-T Standard 2


Standard 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 in the NETS·S.

a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.

b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.

c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.

d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.


Teachers create and assess real life learning experiences as well as how to involve current technology and resources to aid in the learning and teaching experiences of students. This will help to develop the knowledge, ability, and outlook as described in the technology standards.

a. The teacher will create or change related ideas that use technology and resources to aid in students learning and creativity.

b. Allow students to search the internet safely and answer their own educational questions while setting goals, handling what they learn, and understanding how well they did.

c. Adjust the lessons for the students in your class to increase the value of learning which relate to their learning styles, skills, and abilities.

d. Allow students multiple types of assessments to demonstrate their knowledge and then use the resulting information to better your teaching and the students learning.

Strengths and Weaknesses-

a. I am definitely weak in the area of creating resources and using technology in order to help my students learn. I would love to learn how to create interactive promethean games that I could use to help my tutorial students study for tests. My kids love to play the board games that I have in my room so if I had promethean games I could have them study for a test while playing. This would also be a great to have for my early finishers to use.

b. I encourage my students to use the internet to search for information that allows them to learn about their possible careers of interest. They are given several activities throughout the year that allows them to find facts about their job and what is required of them educationally to obtain that job. We also research pay scales and what it would be like for them to live alone.

c. Throughout the years it is important for me to adjust my lessons and the way I expect my students to learn. Last year I had a student with visual impairments so I had to change the way the information was presented. I had to provide a larger computer screen with larger font. The screen had to be dimmed as the bright light hurt his eyes and made them tired. Although the student did minimal research on the      computer we as teachers had to use technology in order to make him successful. The research he did do had to be supervised as he struggled to process all the information at one time and would miss important bits of information. That was a big adjustment and learning curve for the teachers and the student.

d. I am weak in this area when it comes to assessing the students through technology. I allow the students to create their transition projects using technology and I have them work on compass throughout the year but I don’t do a good job of assessing them with technology. Since I have started this class I have added several sites to my delicious account that will allow me to do this but none of them are created by me.

How students learn compassion for others in Indonesia


I heard them say, love is the way

By: Miss Night

This article talked about a teacher who set up a partner school in Indonesia for her students and the other students to correspond with. Both sets of students asked questions about how each other lived, the things that surrounded them, and events that were currently going on in their country. The students liked learning about the Orangutans and the preserve nearby. The students were able to learn many things from this one activity. They learned about maps, rotation of the earth, temperature, animals, school life in Indonesia, current events, and life lessons. Several of these topics that they learned about probably wouldn’t have been as interesting if the teacher had just talk about it but it was interesting because the students got to ask questions and were given the opportunity to experience how someone else their age lives. Many of the students also learned other valuable lessons such as caring for others. When they learned that their international friends might be in danger from a natural disaster they asked why their friends couldn’t just come to their class because they had room.  Learning to have compassion for others is a great life skill to learn about at such a young age.

These students have had a great opportunity to learn through technology.  There are many things that these students will never forget because they were able to experience the events first hand or through interactive links.  I can see many students getting into this because the learning style is so interactive.  I really like that the students were able to ask questions about Indonesia and that they felt like they were apart of these other student’s lives.  I could see this being a great idea for all grades. I do think that this could be harder for middle and high school level grades to accomplish because of not having the students all day long as elementary does. I do think that there are similar concepts that the students could learn but on a more mature and deeper level.  This is a very cool idea. Sometimes I wish that I was a general educator so I could incorporate more things like this.

Students love to use technology, so why don’t all teachers?


Through my Students’ Eyes

Published by Cheryl Oakes in edtech, guestblogger on July 10th, 2009

This article talked about many different types of technology that was used to help students learn throughout their school years. At the beginning of their lives teachers encouraged learning through technology and were able to help teach the standards using these tools.  As the students reached high school it seems that teachers encourage students not to use the technology that they do have and would rather have them learn the necessary standards through old methods of teaching. Making class exciting and interesting through the use of technology is time consuming and needs to be constantly adjusted and updated. Also, back-up plans have to be made in case the needed tools are not working at the time. There are many teachers throughout the different grades that would rather teach the way they have been teaching for years rather than adjusting their plans to create excitement in the students and encourage learning.

As a student I remember one teacher in middle school requiring me to use technology for a project. I had to create a PowerPoint of my family and present it to the class.  He allowed us to use any backgrounds, fonts, and effects that we liked but that was as exciting as it got. I have a good grasp on a majority of the websites that I use daily for school but that is because I like to click on random icons so I can understand what they do. I usually become frustrated with technology when it doesn’t work as it should and I would prefer to avoid it if possible.

Although I don’t prefer to use technology, I would like to integrate it more into my tutorial classroom. I have a majority of males in my classroom this year so I think that technology is going to be an important tool for me in helping them learn and improve on their skills.  I would like to learn about the online writing program that was mentioned in the blog. I think that it would be a great tool for me to use in the classroom since I have several students this year with written expression as a disability.

NETS-T Standard 1


Standard 1:

Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity-

Teachers use their surrounding environment, tools such as technology, and knowledge to demonstrate real world issues and help students learn through different types of learning styles.  Students learn through the use of technology but they are encouraged to think outside of the box.  Students and teachers are able to use the technological tools provided to create, learn, explore, solve problems, think, plan, collaborate, and reflect together.

  1. During the year, I have  my students work on a transition project for their IEP goals. They are required to research their chosen career and list several aspects about the job such as salary, education, hours, and travel. They then have to create a project of their choice that allows them to share with the class.
  2. I would like to have the students work on interactive assignments that help them understand what it is like to live alone and support themselves. They would have the chance to pick a realistic career and then pay bills and survive off a “pay check.” I think it is something important that students with a learning disability needs to experience since the drop-out rate is higher than for students without a disability.
  3. I have downloaded several apps on my iPad that could be used in the classroom but I was unsure of how to incorporate them into my tutorial class. I would like to play review games with my tutorial students to help them prepare for tests but I am unsure how to make the games and didn’t have the tools to do so.
  4. This year, the special education teachers in Greenville County are required to sign up for Edmodo. Teachers are able to watch webinars in the comfort of their own classroom or home when it is convenient for them instead of meeting at a chosen location with set hours. Special education teachers are then able to take a short quiz showing that they watched the webinar and understood what was being taught. Instructions and needed documents have been placed on Edmodo too for easy access as well. There is also a feed that allows teachers to easily communicate with any teacher in Greenville County as well as special education coordinators and the people in the district      making the rules for special education this year. It is definitely an      adjustment.

I am also working with an inclusion teacher this year that is having his students set up and Edmodo account where they will complete and turn in every assignment that they do this year. It is our first year doing this so I am interested to see how it works and if it works till the end of the year. I never would have thought going paperless in a classroom would have been possible.

I think as an inclusion teacher I haven’t had the opportunity to help the students learn through the use of technology as much as I would like to. This year is the first year that I have a promethean board in my classroom and I only had wireless during that last part of the school year. I did take my students to the library several times last year to use the computers to complete projects for other classes.