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ISTE appropriate for my lesson

  • 1.  ISTE appropriate for my lesson

    Posted 22 days ago
    Hi...  As student, I'm learning how to use technology in a classroom and meeting the ISTE standards in a lesson plan. Can I use any free online app appropriate for the lesson ,during instructional o centers with the students?

    I'll appreciate your feedback.  Thanks

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    Sandra McPherson
    Student
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  • 2.  RE: ISTE appropriate for my lesson

    PLN Leader
    Posted 21 days ago
    Hi Sandra,

    That's a tough question. What is the learning goal of the lesson? Will using an app just to say the students are using technology be beneficial to their learning experience?

    There is also the consideration that many schools and districts have specific programs and/or apps they have pre-approved for use with students (often because they have been fully vetted and the school/district has ensured that federal laws are being followed).

    My advice would be to start with the learning goal, then see what tools are available that can support the students in the learning process. I hope that's helpful!

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    Pattie Morales
    Instructional Technology Specialist
    Indian Community School
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  • 3.  RE: ISTE appropriate for my lesson

    PLN Leader
    Posted 20 days ago
    I completely agree with Pattie. You have to consider if the app will really help the students meet your learning goal or is it just using technology to say you've used tech with a lesson. Triple check privacy policies. This is an important issue in today's world. There are many laws in place to protect children's online privacy, and I believe that the European laws are stricter than US laws. Reach out to your school tech department for help with that as those policies can be hard to decipher.

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    Janine Feil
    Tech Facilitator
    Arlington Heights School District 25
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  • 4.  RE: ISTE appropriate for my lesson

    PLN Leader
    Posted 21 days ago
    I would definitely determine the following when choosing what to use:

    1.  Privacy Policy - What information does it collect and how is the data used
    2.  Appropriateness - determine if the app is appropriate for your age group
    3.  Purpose - does the app foster learning, engagement, and student agency
    4.  Objective - along the same lines as purpose, but what is your expected learning outcome and does the app you are using support that

    These are biggies, but there are other things to consider as well.  Be careful as the edtech world has a lot of great tools, but used incorrectly, they do not foster learning for your students.  Remember that relationships matter most.

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    Laurie Guyon
    Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools
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