Laying the Foundation

In researching what resources are available for coaches to co-planning learning activities that help learning partners improve, it was clear that we first need to build the foundation. The entire Educational Leadership publication in October 2011 was about implementing and growing the culture and leadership skills needed to make technology integration possible. The publication has resources to help technology coaches experience positive collaborations and productive relationships through co-planning learning activities.
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Career and Future Ready: 21st Century Learning


The Partnership for 21st Learning created a framework for educators that provides a “…unified vision for learning to ensure student success in a world where change is constant and learning never stops”.
There are key subjects areas that include English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics. Continue reading Career and Future Ready: 21st Century Learning

Working Toward a Collaborative Culture

The schools who embrace peer coaching are those who value collaboration as a way to improve teaching practices and student outcomes. By effectively working together through communication and collaboration they improve instructional practices. Trust among peers is an important piece to successfully have those conversations about professional learning experiences and teacher growth. Peer coaching helps teachers integrate technology and improve instruction through reflection on measured student outcomes. Peer coaching can be a role of the servant-leader who strives to build up and support the school community. Continue reading Working Toward a Collaborative Culture

Educational Blogs: Using Comments as a Tool for Reflection

Question for ISTE Standard 2: How can I design authentic learning environments in a high school classroom that allows for students to actively participate in setting their own goals, manage their own learning, and evaluate their own progress? The article I chose is “Teaching with technology: Tools and strategies to improve student learning”, J. Orlando and “The ultimate guide to the use of blogs in teaching” from the Educational Technology and Mobile learning Website.

The first article compared Learning Management Systems with Blogs. Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle, Blackboard, and 3DGameLab are often used because instructors believe they are integrating technology into their curriculum.  In reality all we are doing is spending hours of set-up for both student use and curriculum integration to ultimately present the same content in a different way.  The systems are the holder of the content, allowing for “topic centered discussion” (Orlando 2011) and viewed by only one other person, the instructor.  Continue reading Educational Blogs: Using Comments as a Tool for Reflection