Pocantico Teachers Earn Prestigious Educational Technology Certification
Per Pocantico Hills School teachers Katell McNamara i Marina Lombardor, the opportunity came at a perfect time. When educators were planning last summer how a more technology-dependent and socially distant 2020-21 school year would work, they had the opportunity to obtain the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Certification for Educators. .
“This was the perfect year to do it,” Ms. McNamara, adding district Director of Educational Technology Alana Winnick facilitated the course.
With some students learning distance learning throughout the year and others in regular quarantine at home, teachers not only had to adapt, but also transform their practice to make learning more engaging and interactive. ISTE certification for educators is an internationally recognized credential for educators who have mastered ISTE standards, which focus on pedagogy on technological tools and devices.
The aim of the standards is to deepen the practice of educators by promoting collaboration and challenging them to rethink traditional approaches and prepare their students to promote their own learning. The purpose is not to replace a lesson with technology; Technology needs to improve student learning and empower innovative and creative problem solvers to become more responsible digital citizens.
The two teachers are now part of a distinguished group of educators who number only 1,200 worldwide, according to Ms. Winnick.
Teachers began their certification with several synchronous online sessions last summer, followed by asynchronous courses, which included the design of instructional lessons that integrated ISTE standards. After the course work, they went through a six-month period to build portfolios. They had to demonstrate how they implemented various indicators for each standard in their own practice.
Both teachers said the experience was worthwhile because they met other educators, collaborated, and picked up ideas to return to Pocantico. They will be presented again at the annual conference of the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education.