As a Career and Technical Education (CTE) drafting teacher, I am fortunate to work in a school district that provides the newest 21st Century Technology. The ability to provide students a high quality education using software and tools used currently in industry is priceless. Technology offers a powerful resource for engaging students in authentic experiences (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer. 2010). The advancements made in technology opens the doors for a variety of new engaging real world activities. Unfortunately, with those advances comes the burden of trying to become proficient and utilizing the technology to the fullest. Over the years, I have spent countless hours teaching myself how to use drafting software and other products that my students are exposed too. On more occasions than I would like to admit, I became the student and learned from my students. It is amazing what some of these digital natives know.
Looking at the International Society for Technology (ISTE), formally know as NETS-S, I feel the most comfortable with the following:
- Standard 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
- Standard 2: Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
As a very hands on and creative person, I blend my personality into my classroom and assignments. Thinking outside of the box, designing and problem solving is cornerstone in my courses. Standard 1 allows me to continue to grow on a personal and professional level, which is later passed onto my students. I am constantly searching or developing new projects that excite me and the student’s interest. I believe if an individual enjoys the project, they will put in the extra effort to make it a great experience.
My proficiency with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, PhotoShop and other technologies has allowed me to be comfortable with Standard 2. In my drafting classes, students learn how to drafting using CAD software that ranges from simple line drawings to complex 3D models. Over the past four years, I have turned my drafting courses into a paperless classroom. Assignments are turned in, shared and presented digitally.
As a professional and life long learner, my goal is to stay current and efficient in the technology that my students and I have access too. Stand1 has two indicators that I need to continue to incorporate into my classroom.
- Indicator A: Promote, support, model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
- Indicator B: Engaging students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
The two indicators listed are part of a never ending finish line that I will never cross. I have to remain flexible in my lessons and current with the trends in industry. To keep up to date, I meet annually with industry professional and discuss current trends, skill-set needed and projects. This information provides insight in the direction of my classroom and future lessons. I must continue to evaluate my lessons to determine if they are preparing my students for the 21st Century workforce. Design the future, not the past.
Cennamo, K., Ross, J., & Ertmer, P. (2010). Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use: A Standards-based Approach.
Belmont, CA; Wadsworth,
International Soceity for Technolgoy in Education. (2008). National Education Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved on January 15, 2014 from www.iste.org/standards/net-for-teachers