Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Personal GAME Plan

As I continue to reflect on Self-Directed Learning, I have identified two NETS-T indicators that I would like to focus on for growth.  Indicator 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility is essential in creating a generation of positive digital citizens.  Although I am well-versed in what makes a good digital citizen, I have never had to teach students as we haven't had the availability of individual internet connection in our classroom until this year.  Since I see all students in our building, I want to start my students with a strength in digital citizenship.  Indicator 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership - as the Technology Coordinator in my building, I want to find ways to strengthen the use of technology in our students through their teachers.  I want to be sure I am knowledgeable enough to bring my teachers valuable information that they can use in their own classrooms.

NETS T Indicator
Katherine Cennamo's GAME plan consists of creating Goals, Actions, Monitoring information, and Evaluating the process.  Here is my personal GAME Plan:

  • GOALS: 
    • Indicator 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
      • I want to know effective methods of teaching safe and ethical behavior for use with technology in the classroom.
      • I know how to interact with others online, I want to be able to model that for my students.
      • What can I do in my building to promote digital etiquette and responsibility?
    • Indicator 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
      • I want to exhibit leadership in my school by modeling instruction that is fully integrated and enhanced with technology.
      • I want to contribute to the well-being of my school to better prepare students for the digital age.
      • I want to continue to learn and grow as an educator in an ever-changing field.
  • Action:
    • Indicator 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
      • I need to research how others teach safe behavior online in the classrooms.
      • I need to consider my diverse student body and how to best present my information.
      • I need to collaborate with other technology coordinators in the district to see what models we have available for teachers in this area.
    • Indicator 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
      • I need to find out what professional growth opportunities are available in our area.
      • I need to meet with other technology supporters in the building to collaborate for staff opportunities.
      • I need to reflect on what my school currently expects of teachers in the area of technology.
  • Monitor:
    • Indicator 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
      • Is my research method successful?
      • What is the preferred learning method of students in my building?
      • What are my findings from other technology coordinators?
    • Indicator 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
      • Are there sufficient opportunities in the area?
      • Do I need to move to online sources for staff development?
      • Do we need to revise our school expectations?
  • Evaluate/Extend
    • Indicator 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
      • Have I met my goals?
      • What do I need to modify and continue to explore?
    • Indicator 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
      • What needs to be done differently in the future?
      • Are there other options that I need to continue to explore?

International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). National education standards for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from


  1. Alisha,

    You have done a great job of developing your GAME Plan for the two NETS-T standards that you chose. I was wandering if for your "Action" part of Indicator 5, it would be appropriate to survey your teachers to see what they are interested in knowing as well? That way you can learn/search what they would like to use in their classrooms. We all have different ideas and approaches that we like to use in our classrooms that still meet the same goal/standard.

    Are you a technology coordinator for one building or for several? Just curious. I teach in a parochial school so we have our own technology coordinator in our building. I know for most public schools that is not the case.

    The technology coordinator at my school shows us many different technology tools, websites, etc. during our staff development meetings. However, he also asks us at various times throughout the year what it is we want to learn/know or have time collaborating/practicing with. He of course is conscientious about tying it all back to the teacher and student ISTE standards so that we do not loose sight of where we should be growing both personally and professionally.


    1. Thanks for the reply Daneen. I am the coordinator for our small elementary only. A survey would be a good idea, but I talk with our teaching staff of 13 often, so I have a pretty good idea of what my teachers want, the problem is many of them don't have time to come to extra staff development meetings etc. This year, we have been able to add PGP (professional growth plan) points so teachers get credit for attending extra meetings. I'm hopeful this will provide some incentive for teachers in my building to be interested in staff development

  2. Alisha,
    Teaching students how to use the internet properly at an early age is crucial. We have already seen signs of cyberbullying in our school. There are so many online resources to teach students about internet safety. A great way to teach students is to have them work on a wiki or a blog. You would have to start with a discussion on who would be able to access their work if it was posted on the internet. Then, continue with the question, if you did post and those people saw it, what would they expect to see? Lastly, give them a chance to participate in one that you are monitoring and continue your discussion after reading their posts and comments to each other. They will have more ownership over the rules if they help to create them. Good luck with your adventure with the internet!


    1. Thanks Jill! We also have seen some cyber-bullying from our 5th graders mostly on facebook comments. Sometimes just reading comments on news websites to articles is sickening to me. I am hopeful that my students will be able to keep from falling into the anonymity trap that plagues the internet and know how to respond or ignore inappropriate comments as they get older. I appreciate your suggestions!

  3. Hi Alisha,

    In reading through your blog entry I immediately drew comparisons between the achievement goals you had establish for yourself and those which I had targeted for myself, particularly NET-T standard five relating to professional engagement and leadership. In noting how you “want to find ways to strengthen the use of technology in [your] students... [by] bring[ing] teachers valuable information that they can use in their own classrooms” (Claypool, 2012), your expectations mirror my own in terms of personal knowledge influencing those around me.

    In examining ways in which teacher action can support professional growth and leadership it has been noted that great teachers not only know what to do, but also why they are doing it. In light of this fact I believe it is incumbent on effective teacher leaders to not only stay abreast of technological innovations and the latest teaching strategies but also efficiently utilize the skill of personal reflection as a means of reinforcing best practice instruction amongst colleagues. In relation to professional development actions can, and usually do, speak louder than words. Through the meaningful integration of reflection into practice this intentional competence will enable you to better identify and replicate best practices, refine where needed, and ultimately avoid inferior practice - thus enabling you to model and promote a high standard of instructional competence for those around you – you will, through your reflection and the accomplishment of your goal, lead others by example.