Strand 5: Productivity and Professional Practices

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Strand 6

Teachers 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 student learning.
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.

Level attained: Proficient: consistent, appropriate application, a solid performance

I 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 through 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 that 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 professional practice.

Example Project: Concept Map.

Original MS Paint Art by A. Krynski