Educational Technology Endorsement Competencies
UEN’s professional development courses are designed to help Utah Educators learn and demonstrate these technology endorsement competencies.
a. Essential Educational Technology Skills
- Demonstrate competency when implementing local education agency (LEA) and state-provided (USBE, UEN, STEM Action Center) digital learning tools in the classroom.
- Use technology to find, organize, and curate educational resources.
- Evaluate hardware and software regarding instructional goals and student data privacy requirements.
b. Essential Pedagogical Understanding and Application
- Explore and apply instructional design principles and core standards for high-quality digital instruction using research-based models of technology integration (PICRAT, TPACK, SAMR, Triple E, etc.) to engage and support learning aligned with LEA goals.
- Design and implement the appropriate learning modality for various situations (Face-to-Face, Online, Blended, etc.)
- Engage in reflective practice and data analysis as part of the instructional cycle.
- Integrate elements of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) in lessons to eliminate barriers to learning.
Professional Growth and Leadership
- Seek out, join, and participate in local and global learning communities to pursue professional learning and stay current with research that supports student learning.
- Collaborate with colleagues to identify, adopt, and evaluate digital tools and resources for learning.
- Plan and provide professional learning experiences for a grade level team, department, school, or professional conference.
Supporting (Developing) 21st Century Learners
a. Personalized Learning
- Facilitate student usage of digital tools in a way that enables students to become responsible creators and critical consumers of digital content.
- Apply the principles of personalized learning to tailor the preferences and interests of various learners as well as instruction that is paced to a student’s unique needs.
- Foster a classroom climate of inquiry and a growth mindset.
b. Facilitating Learning Through Collaboration
- Provide opportunities for students to engage virtually with experts, teams, and students, locally and globally.
- Model and facilitate the responsible repurposing and remixing of digital resources by students.
- Plan and implement opportunities for students to work collaboratively with others.
c. Facilitating Learning Through Creativity
- Provide opportunities for students to publish and present original content for various audiences.
- Encourage responsible evaluation of curated material.
- Engage students in the curation of original works.
- Facilitate opportunities for students to positively affect his or her society as a result of their creative works.
d. Facilitating Learning Through Communication
- Encourage responsible evaluation and appropriate responses to others’ online communications.
- Demonstrate communicating complex ideas clearly and effectively through a variety of digital objects.
- Foster opportunities for students to demonstrate effective communication skills online.
- Provide examples of effective online student communication.
e. Facilitating Learning Through Critical Thinking
- Design and facilitate Project-Based Learning (PBL) experiences.
- Provide opportunities for learners to engage in Computational Thinking learning experiences.
Digital Citizenship and Information Literacy
a. Digital Citizenship
- Create positive online experiences for students that foster responsible contribution and empathetic engagement.
- Empower students to recognize and appropriately respond to inappropriate or dangerous online interactions.
- Promote and model appropriate data privacy practices
- Guide students to develop a positive and responsible digital identity.
b. Information Fluency
- Model and instruct students in best practices for information literacy and media fluency.
- Model and instruct students to assess the credibility and usefulness of online resources.
- Model and instruct students to interpret large amounts of complex information meaningfully and communicate and share across various media platforms.
- Model and instruct students in the best practices for fair use, copyright protection, and creating original works.
- Create a culture of learning that provides opportunities for collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication (4 C’s), which empowers learners to adapt, create, consume, and connect.