3a.   Model Digitalā€Age Work and Learning 

Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an 
innovative professional in a global and digital society. Specifically, teachers demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.


REFLECTIONS ON NETS-T-3a:


The way teaching and research was conducted prior to the infusion of Web 2.0 technology into academia could be isolating and laborious. With the emergence of social networking, social bookmarking, and other collaborative shareware technologies, scholar/teachers with social constructivists philosophical leanings could put into practice John Y. Ogbu’s belief that “we become human in the company of other humans;” Paul Ernest belief that “learning occurs through conversation”; and Lev Vygotsky’s belief that with proper scaffolding novice can move toward expert in “zones of proximal development. “ This entire digital report of my sabbatical activities is evidence of my developing fluency with difference technology systems. I offer as evidence of my ability to transfer “current knowledge to new technologies and situations” an excerpt from one of my social bookmarking sites which demonstrates this transferability ability.

Using Connotea software, I am now able to capture interesting websites URLs just by clicking on the site while signed on to the Connotea system. I , also, am able to create lists of “bookmarks,” store these bookmarks centrally on a remote service (rather than with my personal web browser), and share these “favorites” with other users of the Connotea system. These bookmarks can be tagged with keywords and the bookmarks can belong in more than one category. The educational and social potential for this technology have not been fully realized yet but, I am hopeful that the collaborative projects planned for with students and colleagues will allow for the release of the power of this technology.


Click here to see the Connotea Registration and click here to see a page excerpted from this social bookmarking technology.

Click here to view the Rationale for Artifacts for this Standard.