a. Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the ISTE Standards•S and ISTE Standards•T.

The phrase “continual learning” is one of great importance in education.  It is something that happens naturally but also something that needs to given a conscious and constant effort.  Fortunately, it is easier than ever to engage in professional development experiences both online and in person. While I spent the start of my teaching career in two very large cities, I now live in work in a much smaller more remote community. For me to “engage in continuous learning” I rely heavily on digital and asynchronous PD and PLN options that I have described in the following blog post. And while online networks are extremely valuable options, there is still a need for in-person PD and networking. When I attended the NCCE conference a couple years ago I made a lot of connections to other tech educators and learned of many digital teaching tools I could take back to my classroom.

I have worked to demonstrate proficiency with this substandard as shown through the following evidence: