ISTE Coaching Standard & Indicator 3a: Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
Whether it’s a laptop cart shared between classrooms, 2:1 devices, or each student using their own, managing classroom technology can be overwhelming. The role of the instructional technology coach is to provide strategies for teachers to create a classroom environment where all students are actively participating in the learning process and not simply receiving information from the technology. Because there is an abundance of tools and resources, teachers should develop systems that leverage independent learning and shared learning experiences.
The following are examples of how I, as a librarian and digital learning specialist, advise teachers in how to effectively manage the classroom environment to amplify the integration and application of technology resources.
Primary classrooms are equipped with older sometimes unreliable laptops. Programs load inconsistently with the spinning wheel of death making a regular appearance. A grade level team reached out to me asking how to make the technology work for their young students. After technicians wiped devices clean of unnecessary programs and made updates, the teachers and I discussed how devices would be used. Teachers wanted more one on one time for reading and math student-teacher conferencing and more independent exploratory learning time for students. Based on our conversations, teachers changed their class schedule providing two 30 minute station time during the day. Students needed a system that was easy to “grab and go” to access programs easily. With my help, teachers created their own unique 3x3links page which provides large easy to read icons for kids to click on and not get lost. Teachers taught students to access their class site and now students are working independently, sharing their work, and teachers have more one on one time with their students.
The blog post below is an example of how I support teachers in getting started on a global collaborative project that involves a variety of digital tools and learning standards that support collaboration and exploration.
Hapara is a digital tool used by teachers to view, organize, and monitor digital learning. Read about how it allows for easier management of student learning.
The blog post below shows how I as an instructional technology leader, helped teachers map out a plan when enough Chromebooks afforded our students to be 2:1 and 1:1 with Chromebooks and if not what a BYOD classroom might look like.