ISTE Coaching Standard & Indicator 3b: Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
With the vast amounts of online information available to teachers and students, it’s almost impossible for teachers to keep track of all the different resources available. A qualified instructional technology leader helps build and manage an infrastructure that is sensible for all users. In order to maximize the number of students who can access digital tools effectively, an implementation plan for maintaining and managing, plus training and evaluation of resources must be set. The following examples demonstrate my competence as a librarian and instructional technology leader in maintaining and managing a variety of digital resources in order to provide access to what students and teachers need.
Our Title 1 reading, ELL, and resource teachers were looking for eBooks with added text to speech feature for struggling students to read and listen for understanding. I secured a month long trial with Capstone Publishing‘ s interactive eBooks. During the pilot program, teachers considered password management, length of time reading books, if or how to assess reading, as well as device management. At the end of the trial, we decided the materials were of high quality and especially high interest. Each stakeholder including the library program, pooled financial resources and purchased high interest books that supported the grade level curriculum. With teachers working together, we were able to select a greater number of books and support one another sharing best teaching practices. As the librarian, I managed and maintained the books cataloging them into the library automation system providing open access to all students.
Most of the new district curriculum includes an online component. With an online curriculum comes many links and passwords to manage that can be cumbersome for students and teachers alike. As a district Google administrator, I created easy to access managed bookmarks folder for all Chromebook users. Currently, I am teaming with the district’s Public Information Officer to create a simple yet accessible online resource page on the school district’s homepage.
Google Classroom is a less robust learning management system but one that works well for elementary school classrooms. Read how 6th graders used Google Classroom to organize and share information for their debate project.
English Language Learners and teachers need systems in place to support many different kinds of online resources. Read the blog post below how I can help ELL teachers meet the needs of their learners.