NETS-T (3a)

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Mr. West


The NETS-T standard 3 (indicator A) states that the teacher will

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. Teachers:

  1. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations


You may know more about technology than you give yourself credit for, simply because you have the ability to apply rules from other disciplines to computer issues.

So if you were making apple butter and needed 1/4 teaspoon of allspice but had none, do you panic? Well you can actually substitute 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves for each full teaspoon of Allspice needed. While that has nothing to do with technology, it's the same problem solving procedure you use when in a bind. Use what you know and what you can use to solve your problems. Did I know that substitution? No, but I have the Internet at my fingers and I can look up food subsititutions.

Every day people use social networking to share parts of their lives with the world (some share too much, such as the MI6 wife who blew her husband's cover. Technological items (computers, web apps, etc.) are creeping into our daily lives, so why shouldn't tech stuff work its way into the classroom?

Fluency in technology systems

Can you

  • Use the equipment in your room. If not, how might you go about learning how to use it?
  • Can you fix minor problems and get help for the problems you can't fix?
  • Do you collaborate with others to solve your (and their) problems?

Transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations

Can you

  • Switch to a different application of the same type (example: between Internet Explorer, or Firefox, or Safari or Opera) and use it?
  • Can you hook up a projector you are unfamiliar with?
  • Apply the same strategies to a scanner that you would a photocopier (such as if lines were not straight on a photocopier, what would you do? What if you had the same problem on a scanner?)

Learning to apply your knowledge and learning to learn new technologies can help you lead students in the directions they need to go.