Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Certification

Hello, my name is Desmond A Hasty and welcome to my graduate ePortfolio. Please hover over the “Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Graduate Work” button on the top header to find the areas of state standards I address for certification; i.e. Content, Performances, and Professionalism.

Why become an ITS?

I have been teaching in Philadelphia for the past 10 years, and counting. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems where I developed my love of computers and everything related to technology. I have a Masters of Science in Instructional Technology where I merged my interests in education and technology. Some of the reasons I love technology are as follows: it is ubiquitous and widely used by all, and you can always learn more about it (e.g. how to use it and to how to help others).

I am a Computer Technology Instructor (and Junior Grade Level Chair person) for Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School. I am also married with three children; ages 5, 6 and 11. As I teach and learn at work, and do the same at home, I see the importance technology plays in an individuals’ life at work and play. In a word I believe technology is integral.

My family craves technology whether they are learning something, just having fun, or for a means of communication as well as all of the students, faculty, and administration I interact with at Boys’ Latin. Educational technology is where my passion lies, partly because of all of this interaction. Attaining certification as an Instructional Technology Specialist will allow my experience and passion to make sure the school that I manage has an even level playing ground. That all students will have an equal opportunity to learn beyond the classroom without technology limitations using the technology that suits their learning style best.

Technology is changing, similarly are the ways we as a society obtain and use information, and as an Instructional Technology Specialist I want to make sure that the educational system changes in pace to give our students the best opportunities for learning possible.

Pennsylvania Department of Education – http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/technology_education/14635

Technology Education K-12 – http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=18&objID=1247102&mode=2

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