ISTE Coaching Standard & Indicator 3f: Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure.
Selecting digital tools for a district curriculum or program requires the involvement of many stakeholders. Teachers must find value in resources for success of student learning, administrators consider training for staff and student support, community stakeholders should approve of the resources meeting the vision of the district, plus network technicians should approve of the resources as compatible with the school’s technology infrastructure. The instructional technology coach can manage the project between the stakeholders through ongoing communication and training. It’s imperative systems are in place and interpersonal skills are developed in order for the successful management and implementation of the digital tools and resources. The following examples show I am competent as an instructional technology coach supporting our district’s digital learning environments.
The instructional technology department along with district administrators, teacher, and union representatives worked tirelessly for 2 school years gathering data, and piloting programs to finally select Canvas as a 7th-12th grade learning management system (LMS.) This school year Canvas LMS was rolled out to all teachers for them to use for grading, collaboration, and communication with secondary students. I fully support our department in the roll-out of the training and ongoing support provided to teachers. I continue to learn and evaluate the program while emphasizing Google Classroom training as an LMS “lite.” The rationale, besides good instruction, is that if elementary students and teachers use Google Classroom and become familiar with features, the students moving up will be ready for a more robust LMS in Canvas.
This year’s elementary summer school program is being revamped to consider the needs of how to more personalize learning for all students. I am planning and collaborating with the summer school director and literacy specialist to incorporate the use of iPads in the daily literacy rotation including online reading from different resources. IPads for elementary school students is an atypical device (elementary classrooms are supported with Chromebooks) thus I must ensure the tools and resources are available, teachers are trained, and iPads can support what we need for summer school students.
The following blog post is evidence that shows how Hapara is evaluated as a district technology tool and is also compatible and supported by the school’s technology infrastructure.
The blog post below shows how I collaborate with teachers to select and evaluate tools that support different district programs.