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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There are several problems that can happen when teaching with technology, it can be with either the hardware or the software. Teachers who use technology on a daily basis have developed strategies to successfully minimize issues and help move the lesson forward. Besides errors that can be listed in a common troubleshooting checklist, IT services can provide strategies that soon become classroom routines. Students are great resources, they can share how they solve technology issues with the classroom and teacher. Continue reading Increasing use of Technology creates need for troubleshooting strategies
While changes in schools happen slowly, professional development for teachers is being transformed through technology. Gone are the prescribed agendas with approved district topics or mandates, replaced with teacher choice and voice. Teachers have been complaining about how professional development doesn’t benefit them in the classroom consequently, doesn’t even support them in their current work. Continue reading Professional Development that creates collaborative digital environments while addressing content curriculum
The past decade has seen an exponential increase in digital tools and opportunities, therefore there is a need for students to master a new set of life skills for behaving responsibly online. Even as they sit in the classroom, they are able to connect with people across the globe instantaneously via chats, email, blogs, social media, virtual conferences, comments and more. This new capability brings great opportunity but also some risk. Many of these connections happen with strangers, who could potentially pose danger. The anonymous nature of the internet can also create negative personal interactions, such as cyberbullying. Continue reading Teaching students to master new life skills using digital tools
When reading the NMC Horizon Report form 2014, it is amazing to understand how much of what they talked about is becoming reality. What I found the most striking was when they were writing about Digital Strategies and Enabling Technologies, in which something new, easier to use, meaningful and more capable is used to transform what we expect. Continue reading Modeling digital age learning
The primary goal of this course is to help you improve your proficiency with current and emerging educational technologies that may enhance your instruction, assessment, and professional productivity. During our time together, we will explore ways to facilitate the use of technology to inspire student learning and creativity. We will learn how to design, develop, and assess digital learning experiences. We will discover ways to model digital-age work and learning. We will practice modeling digital citizenship and responsibility. Finally, we will investigate ways to grow professionally and become connected technology leaders. Continue reading EDTC6433 Teaching with Technology: Meta-Reflection