3) Please explain how your studies and experiences within the MS in Educational Technology program empowered you to serve as an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Include in your discussion experiences collaborating with all members of your learning community.
For me, the MS program really gave me the confidence in myself to go ahead and express what I know about technology to my colleagues. As a new teacher, I would often find myself knowing the answer or having an idea, but being a little nervous to speak up because I was the new girl. In my head I was telling myself that I had not yet earned the right to speak up and challenge/change things. I soon found out both from the program and informal discussions within my department that this was the farthest thing from the truth. The new ideas were always welcomed and encouraged. Having a strong background in technology has made me really be able to add a new element to our conversations and discussions within the department and school of how we are going to do things. Using what I know mixed with what others know, we are able to build some really positive new programs and change the school for the better.
Collaborative Evaluation led by Local Educators. Downloaded January 19, 2010.
Connecticut Administrator Technology Standards. Downloaded January 19, 2010. http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/dtl/technology/catsv2.pdf.
Connecticut State Department of Education School/District Data. Downloaded January 18, 2010. http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/districts/index.htm.Data-Driven Decision-Making and Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR). Downloaded January 18, 2010. http://www.portical.org/cradler_dddm_elars.html.
Using Data to Improve Student Achievement. Downloaded January 17, 2010.