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Self-Assessment Instrument for Topic 2

ICT as an integral component of the subject matter content of the disciplines you are planning to teach.

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Self-Assessment Instrument for ICT as a Component of the Content of the Disciplines You Are Preparing to Teach

  • Computers have significantly changed the field of graphic arts and are now an integral and routine part of the content of this discipline.
  • Computers have significantly added to the field of music composition and performance and are now an integral and routine part of the content of this discipline.
  • All fields of science now include "Computer modeling and simulation" as a third general methodology, along with the traditional Experiment and Theoretical methodologies.
  • Interactive multimedia is now a common mode of "writing" and is thus an important component of Language Arts.
  • Calculators and computers can rapidly and accurately carry out the computational and algebraic procedures that currently form the bulk of the K-12 math curriculum.

If your goal is to become an elementary school teacher, you will eventually be teaching Language arts, Math, Science, and Social Science. You may also be teaching a wide variety of other disciplines such as Art, Music, and so on. Each discipline can be defined by the problems that it addresses, the tools and methodologies that it uses to address these problems, and the accumulated results it has achieved. Each of these aspects of a discipline are being strongly affected by ICT. In each of these disciplines, special software has been developed to aid in the representation and solution of the problems in the discipline.

If your goal is to become a middle school or secondary school teacher, you will likely end up teaching in a small number of disciplines. The self-assessment instrument given below focuses on ICT as a component of the content of six different disciplines. If you are teaching or planning to teach at the middle school or high school, some of the questions are not applicable to you. And, quite likely you will need to add questions to cover the specific areas that you are teaching or are preparing to teach.

Please rate yourself using the following 7-point scale for each question that is applicable to you.

Click here for a discussion of the meaning of the scale points.

Each question is accompanied by a brief discussion of the topic being assessed. If you do not understand the details given in a particular brief discussion, the chances are that you are at the (1) or (2) level on this topic. If you are not familiarly with the contemporary discipline-specific (that is, content specific) software within a topic area,the chances are that you are at the (1) or (2) level on this topic. After you give yourself a numerical rating on the 7-point scale, write a paragraph that explains and justifies your numerical rating.

1. Art (Fine Arts , Graphic Arts, Creative & Performing Arts): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

The fine arts include painting, sculpture, drawing, graphics, and architecture. A graphic artist is one who communicates information or suggests ideas through the use of color and form, making use of a variety of technologies such as computers, ink, paint, pencils, photography, and so on. The creative and performing arts include dance, theater and drama,, vocal, and so on. ICT now plays a significant role in the arts. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and experiences roles of ICT in the content of the arts.

 

2. Language Arts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Language arts includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, creating, and communicating in oral, print, and visual media. ICT can be thought of as providing new communication media (for example, interactive hypermedia, hypertext, email, instant messaging) as well as aids to creating and using the media that existed prior to the development of computers. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and experiences in the roles of ICT in the content of language arts.

 

3. Math: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Mathematics is a science that provides tools useful in all other disciplines. Mathematics is the posing, representation, and solution of problems using the ideas, and notation, and vocabulary of the language of mathematics. Mathematics includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry, analysis, probability and statistics, topology, real and complex variable, and a number of other subfields. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics first recommended use of calculators in the elementary school curriculum in 1980. Now, calculators and computers are built into the NCTM Standards. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and experiences in the roles of ICT in the content of mathematics.

 

4. Music: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Instrumental and vocal are a form of human expression and communication. Music is often combined with other communication media, such as video and the performing arts. The discipline of music includes composition and performance. There are a huge range of musical instruments, including many different electronic instruments. These are used in the composition, editing, performance, and distribution of music. Reading and writing music (using musical notation and the vocabulary of music) are an important component of the discipline of music. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and experiences in roles of ICT in the content of music.

 

5. Science: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

A "traditional" dictionary definition of science tends to emphasize that science is the study of the physical world and its manifestations, done by using systematic observation and experiment. It includes the development and testing of theories. This definition underlies the theoretical and experimental approaches that are used in each science. A third approach, using computational modeling and simulation, is now common throughout all sciences. For example, a1998 Nobel Prize in chemistry was given for the previous 15 years of computational chemistry work of the prize winner. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and experiences in roles of ICT in the content of the sciences.

 

6. Social Studies: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Social studies includes the social sciences and humanities. A social studies curriculum provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. ICT is an important part of the content of many of these disciplines. In addition, computational modeling and simulation is beginning to become a useful tool for researchers and practitioners in many of these disciplines And, of course, ICT is providing students and others far more access to a broad source of information, including primary resources, than was possible in the past. Briefly discuss your knowledge, skills, and experiences in roles of ICT in the content of the social studies.

 

7. Other (Please Specify) ___________________: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

8. Other (Please Specify) ___________________: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

9. Other (Please Specify) __________________: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

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