5: Productivity and Professional Practices
use technology to enhance their productivity and professional practice.
A. Use technology resources to engage
in ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.
B. Continually evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make
informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of
C. Apply technology to increase productivity.
D. Use technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents,
and the larger community in order to nurture student learning.
attained: Proficient: consistent,
appropriate application, a solid performance
demonstrated my ability to use specialized software to achieve
professional work through creating a concept map using the
program Inspiration. In addition, I regularly use various productivity
tools (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc. ) to organize my
professional and personal life. I have used Word for almost all
projects available on this web site. Therefore, I have demonstrated
proficiency in moving documents between software applications. Having
learned how important it is to link technology and the curriculum, I
have a good idea about online materials I could access to stay current
in technological developments, as the fourth strand requires. To gather
ideas for my lesson plans I successfully accessed and searched online
collections of lessons plans that use information technology. As
demonstrated by my concept map, I have also mastered software that will
help me better manage my classroom. Concept maps are visually pleasing
and help students think systematically about the topic at hand. I can
use technology to manage and guide students in their pursuit of higher
level thinking skills.
Overall, I demonstrated that
technology I can stay current and improve my skills for professional
productivity. I understand
that technology is a
wonderful means by which educators can maximize their efficiency so
they have more time to spend on thinking about students' learning and
critical thinking skills development, which technology is also part of.
I can access most of the
up-to-date research online and fit this important aspect of being a
teacher into a busy teaching schedule. Without leaving the classroom, I
can stay connected with others in my field and learn from them and
their experiences with new technologies. I can also stay connected with
parents and students by writing newsletters in a professional manner by
using the Microsoft Publisher program. The same applies to my students
since as foreign language learners they can stay in contact with
friends who live very far away. As a professional educator it is my
responsibility to make sure they get all the best chances to improve
their learning and feel comfortable with new technology because this is
what they will be surrounded by once they start on their own career
path. I demonstrated my ability to do just that by learning about
available software such as Inspiration to enhance my productivity and
Example Project: Concept Map.
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