BISD 12 Second Tech Challenge #12 and…

This week’s 12 Second Tech Challenge is by far the easiest yet (The final one will make up for this, I promise!). It does require you to plan for the future, however.

BISD 12 Second Tech Challenge #12 on

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In 2007, the International Society for Technology in Education released a list of student technology skills that would be needed to ensure that our students would be successful in modern society. The document is the National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Students (NETS•S). Your task is simply to download and read this document (It is SHORT–only 1 page.), then reflect on your curriculum. Think about a way or ways you could incorporate technology into your existing curriculum in such a way as to effectively meet your course objectives and the NETS at the same time. Share your lesson idea in the comments here. That’s it!

Now, for the “and…” part. Just to tease the big giveaways (which will occur next week), I decided to draw a name for one of the prizes, 4Gb thumb drive. This is no ordinary USB drive, mind you–it is covered in rich, Corinthian leather! The winner of the USB drive is . . . Janet Erlinger! Coincidentally, Janet has completed every challenge–you have to play to win! She will still be eligible for further prizes next week. Congratulations, Janet!


  1. 1. Creativity and Innovation
    Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
    using technology. Students:
    a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

    I have my students make a PowerPoint instead of just writing about their lives and have them add pictures. Next year, I’m thinking about having them make a video to show point of view.

    • Good idea, Linda. If you want to add an element, we could create a YouTube or TeacherTube channel for you, and your students’ videos could be shared with an even wider audience. The same could be done with a PowerPoint.

  2. Deborah Bowman

    May 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Digital Citizenship will be my first priority. Working with students in Pre-K to 2nd grade is the place to start teaching students good habits pertaining to use of technology and computers. It is a challenge, but beginning with the first day of school I will start the learning process. I am postive it will help my students be better citizens in every aspect of their lives.

    • Absolutely, Debi! You are in a critical position, working with the youngest students, to have a real impact on their online practices. I’m looking forward to working with you on this.

  3. The category that I have chosen to work on with my students is Communication and Collaboration.
    Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
    We have begun to use ePals and need to learn how to use texting and collaboration to become 21st century citizens of the digital age.

    • Fantastic, Teresa. There are lots of tools available to help accomplish this (ePals being one of them). We’ll have to talk about some possibilities!

  4. National Educational Technology Standards (NETS•S) and Performance Indicators for Students

    1. Creativity and Innovation
    Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
    The students will:
    a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes as they prepare digital stories of how they want their lives to look in the future.

    5. Digital Citizenship
    Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
    The students will:
    a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology as they utilize the internet to communicate and research the depth of information available on the world wide web.

    Technology is such an exciting and useful tool which all students (and teachers) should become comfortable with. It closes the gap when physical ability or transportation is an issue and allows everyone access to an ever growing collection of knowledge!


  5. Hey, The leather still smells awesome on this USB flash drive! Thanks Randy, an education, some fun AND prizes! COOL!

  6. Whitney Isbell

    May 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    One of my goals next year is to have students write 2 research projects in my science class. They must use a non traditional presentation when they are sharing their research. We did this in 7th grade ELA this year and used as the medium to present their information. Wow!!! Most of the glogs were amazing. If you want to check out what we have done…
    Now I know some of the pitfalls and can really help build writing in the content areas for next year.

    3. Research and Information Fluency
    Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
    a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
    b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and
    c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
    d. process data and report results.

  7. Digital Citizenship– I have just finished writing an entire curriculum unit for middle school on the nine elements of digital citizenship using Dr. Mike Ribble’s book Digital Citizenship in Schools. I’m in my second week of teaching this unit and so far it is really going well. I’ve also submitted a proposal to TCEA to present this curriculum unit and book at the state conference in Austin next February.

    When I teach this in the fall, I’ve decided it will be the first unit I teach instead of the last. As we’ve gone through the material, I’ve realized many of these concepts I’ve told the students throughout the semester. So, instead of waiting until the end, I think this is a perfect way to start a technology class.

  8. Creativity and innovation: Create orginal work
    I am thinking I will have the students act out a different social skills as we learn them and then they can watch the story along with hearing them read to them.

  9. Creativity and innovation: create
    I am thinking that I will try to have the students act out a variety of our social skills that we read in class and we can record them so we can watch the correct way to behave along with hearing it read to us.

  10. There are several things I want the students to do next year, including, possibly, writing a program for the TIs, especially one where they have to plot points from a table and graph – that would be a huge help for math AND science!

    Otherwise, I may ask them to contribute to a wiki where they are researching a topic, gathering data, and then displaying the data on the website.

    My main challenge right now, however, is how to get more technology into my classroom lesson – because too many of my kids don’t have internet at home or access to the internet anywhere other than the library and their parents can’t always get them there. I want to use Kagan Cooperative Learning in a technology model – having the kids work on their laptops in the classroom, but “chat” with each other about the assignment and work together to complete it. If I could get a record of their chat, that would be even better – to show me what kind of strategies they were using to problem solve and encourage them to stay on task.

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