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technology continues to be integrated into the classroom, there is


etiquette that must be observed by all who use it. This is when Digital Citizenship
and Web Literacy must be used to maintain the integrity of technology in the
classroom. Digital Citizenship is using technology appropriately. It is a concept that
should be practiced by teachers, parents and students. Digital Citizenship is a tool
that prepares children to be responsible in future interactions with technology.
Web Literacy is made up of the skills that include the ability to read, write and
participate on the web. It is understood that you need Web Literacy to appropriately
use the provided equipment.
As a future educator, I plan to use technology to enhance and supplement my
lessons. I plan to do this by providing images, articles and videos to make them
effective, which is why Copyright Laws and Fair Use for Educators is important to
follow. There are many specifics when it comes to Copyright Laws and Fair Use,
however, it is understood that an educator may use copyrighted material as long it
is for educational purposes and the creator is given credit. An example would be
using pictures in a lesson. Copyright Laws and Fair Use establish guidelines that a
teacher can use, they state that images may be used in their entirety, but the
amounts of pictures used are limited to five by a single artist.
When integrating technology in the classroom, one must consider the use of
the approach Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, also known as TPCK.
The knowledge of a teacher is viewed in three ways: pedagogy, content and
technology. They can be categorized and combined in various ways, which include:
TCK, TPK, PCK and TPCK. TPCK help teachers understand and create effective
lessons by using his/her understanding, prior knowledge, instruction style, and
technology to achieve this.
Another way of incorporating technology into the classroom is by using
Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model, which is also known as
the (SAMR) Model. The model is divided into two categories, transformation and
enhancement. Redefinition and modification are classified as transformation,
augmentation and substitution are classified as enhancement. Substitution is
substituting a tool for another while maintaining the same function, for example,
taking notes on your computer. Augmentation is using technology for functional
improvement, for example using an application to take notes and categorize them.
Modification is when tasks are changed to improve efficiency and productivity like
using a tool that can gather and incorporate online resources. Finally, Redefinition
is the ability to create unimaginable projects with the help of technology. This would
be sharing notes amongst peers and collaborating using something like Google Docs.
By using the SMAR Model you are able to enhance your teaching and your students
learning.