This week’s reading really got me thinking about how other countries view and implement their educational systems. I know there are a lot of resources for this subject, and just in our class I found a study comparing how technologically apt Chinese teachers were compared to America (http://0-web.ebscohost.com.deborah.spu.edu/ehost/detail?vid=5&hid=110&sid=16655123-4b5b-482a-8014-fc053678846f%40sessionmgr111&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwJnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=trh&AN=26925825), and this week there was an article “Integrating Technology into K-12 Teaching and Learning,” which wrote about Singapore’s plan to introduce more technology into their classrooms.
As usual, another thought is how this week’s topics affect teachers in the special education field, and I think this week is especially pertinent. First off assessment in the SE classroom is a constant and needed tool to help the teachers improve and adapt lessons plans and IEPs (Individualized Educational Plans) for students with disabilities. Another topic this week was professional development for educators, which is also necessary for teaching in the SE environment due to the constant change of technology, definitions, and techniques. The challenge will be adapting the rubrics and assessment plans to fit the special education environment because I haven’t seen any resources that speak to that specifically.