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The TESOL Technology
Standards:
Leading the Field Forward
Deborah Healey, University of Oregon
Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou, Cy...
Agenda
•
•
•
•
•
•

Why standards?
What the Standards are and aren’t
Elements of the standards –overview
Sample teacher st...
Rationale
• Improve practice – teaching and
learning
• Encourage professional
development
• Provide guidance for teacher
e...
Technology Standards:
Basic premises

• Started with learner goals => teacher goals
• Single volume - teacher and learner
...
Technology Standards
NOT
o US-centered => ISTE NETS
o Centralized education => NETS, UNESCO ICT-CST
o Extensive access to ...
Elements of the Standards
• Two sets of standards: language
learner and language teacher
• Goals
• Standards
• Performance...
Standards for Language
Learners
• Three overarching goals
o
o
o
o

Each with two to five standards
11 standards in all
Per...
Standards for Language
Teachers
• Four overarching goals
o Each with three to four standards
o 14 standards in all
o Most ...
Sample teacher standard
• Goal 2 Standard 1
Language teachers identify and evaluate
technological resources and environmen...
Goal 2 Standard 1
• Performance indicators
o Identify technological resources and limitations in
their current environment...
Effects
• Benchmarks – syllabi and
objectives
• Sample from Goal 2 Standard 1
Ensure that available technology is used eff...
Effects
• Learner and teacher awareness
o “Digital natives” are not experts in learning with
technology
o Enable students ...
Effects
• Teacher development
o Pre-service – guidelines for teacher educators
o In-service – Can-Do statements help point...
Sample Can-Do Statements
• Teacher Goal 2 Standard 1:
identifying tech resources available
and limitations in their contex...
Program administrators
• Standards call for
o Training
o Tech support
o Compensation for expertise

• Standards apply broa...
Rubric for Program
Administrators
• Goal 2 Standard 1: Teachers
identify and evaluate resources
and environments
o Teacher...
Final comments
• Bad teaching will not disappear with
the addition of technology, no matter
how advanced
• Good teaching w...
Where to learn more

• Tech Standards Resources:

sites.google.com/site/techstandardsresources

• TESOL Technology Standar...
TESOL Technology Standards Framework
document (2009) (free download):
http://www.tesol.org/BookLanding?productID=721
TESOL Technology Standards:
Description, Implementation, Integration (2012)
http://www.tesol.org/BookLanding?productID=721
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The TESOL Technology Standards FLiT 2013

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Talk presented at the 2013 Foreign Language Instructional technology Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, in December 2013; Deborah Healey and Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou

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The TESOL Technology Standards FLiT 2013

  1. 1. The TESOL Technology Standards: Leading the Field Forward Deborah Healey, University of Oregon Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou, Cyprus Ministry of Education https://sites.google.com/site/techstandardsresources/
  2. 2. Agenda • • • • • • Why standards? What the Standards are and aren’t Elements of the standards –overview Sample teacher standard Effects of the standards Where to learn more
  3. 3. Rationale • Improve practice – teaching and learning • Encourage professional development • Provide guidance for teacher educators • Provide guidance for administrators
  4. 4. Technology Standards: Basic premises • Started with learner goals => teacher goals • Single volume - teacher and learner standards together • Online teaching integrated • Global outlook – “available technology” • “Technology” defined as digital, not just computer • Basic and “expert” teacher level • Sensitive to varied contexts (EFL, ESL, child, adult, ESP, etc.)
  5. 5. Technology Standards NOT o US-centered => ISTE NETS o Centralized education => NETS, UNESCO ICT-CST o Extensive access to technology Unique assumptions o o o o Locally “available technology” – low, mid, high Locally-determined “appropriate use” Teachers acting individually Language pedagogy at the core
  6. 6. Elements of the Standards • Two sets of standards: language learner and language teacher • Goals • Standards • Performance indicators • Vignettes
  7. 7. Standards for Language Learners • Three overarching goals o o o o Each with two to five standards 11 standards in all Performance indicators Vignettes as examples Standard 1 Standard 2 Standard 1 Standard 3 Goal 1 Standard 4 Standard 2 Goal 2 Standard 2 Standard 1 Standard 3 Goal 3 Standard 4 Standard 5
  8. 8. Standards for Language Teachers • Four overarching goals o Each with three to four standards o 14 standards in all o Most standards with two levels of performance indicators: basic and expert Standard 1 o Performance indicators o Vignettes as examples Standard 2 •Basic performance indicators •Expert performance indicators •Vignette •Performance indicators •Vignette Goal 2 Standard 3 •Basic performance indicators •Expert performance indicators •Vignette
  9. 9. Sample teacher standard • Goal 2 Standard 1 Language teachers identify and evaluate technological resources and environments for suitability to their teaching context. By Filosofias filosoficas, via Wikimedia Commons
  10. 10. Goal 2 Standard 1 • Performance indicators o Identify technological resources and limitations in their current environment o Identify and evaluate tech environments to meet specific learning/teaching goals o Evaluate technology resources for alignment with student needs and abilities
  11. 11. Effects • Benchmarks – syllabi and objectives • Sample from Goal 2 Standard 1 Ensure that available technology is used effectively o Low resource: Download relevant online material for class use to provide authentic material o Mid resource: Prepare students in a whole-class setting for use of online material independently o High resource: Have students create material for others to use
  12. 12. Effects • Learner and teacher awareness o “Digital natives” are not experts in learning with technology o Enable students to use technology appropriately • Stressed in Teacher and Learner Standards
  13. 13. Effects • Teacher development o Pre-service – guidelines for teacher educators o In-service – Can-Do statements help point out areas for improvement
  14. 14. Sample Can-Do Statements • Teacher Goal 2 Standard 1: identifying tech resources available and limitations in their context o I am aware of hardware resources in and outside my institution o I know about different communication technologies in and outside the institution o I know about free and paid digital material available online o I am aware of courseware, including course management systems, available to me
  15. 15. Program administrators • Standards call for o Training o Tech support o Compensation for expertise • Standards apply broadly o Face-to-face environments o Online o Hybrid environments
  16. 16. Rubric for Program Administrators • Goal 2 Standard 1: Teachers identify and evaluate resources and environments o Teachers are part of decision-making about technology purchases and use. o If students in online courses have poor connectivity, the teacher adapts the material used (e.g., video may not be usable in lowbandwidth areas)
  17. 17. Final comments • Bad teaching will not disappear with the addition of technology, no matter how advanced • Good teaching will benefit from appropriate use of technology to help learners achieve their goals. • Ultimate interpretation of the standards needs to be pedagogical, not technical.
  18. 18. Where to learn more • Tech Standards Resources: sites.google.com/site/techstandardsresources • TESOL Technology Standards Framework Document (2009) (free download): www.tesol.org/docs/books/ bk_technologystandards_framework_721.pdf • TESOL Technology Standards: Description, Implementation, Integration (2012): www.tesol.org/BookLanding?productID=721 • Email us: dhealey@uoregon.edu, sophiecy@yahoo.com
  19. 19. TESOL Technology Standards Framework document (2009) (free download): http://www.tesol.org/BookLanding?productID=721
  20. 20. TESOL Technology Standards: Description, Implementation, Integration (2012) http://www.tesol.org/BookLanding?productID=721

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