ISTE Coaching Standard & Indicator 5a: Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers.
One of the biggest takeaways of the Digital Readiness Project was understanding the importance of equitable access to digital tools and resources. The school district views equity from all areas–individual student (BYOD system in place), classroom (goal to achieve 1:1 devices plus teacher training), families (offering surplus laptop giveaway) , & system (creating a technical and financial network to support equity for all.) I am able to develop programs to support equity utilizing technology from the following examples:
I collaborated with the family advocate, school counselor, and natural leader’s parent group, and we offered two parent events where families had the opportunity to discuss and learn about accessing district resources, online curriculum, plus ways to achieve affordable wi-fi at home. The plan is to share our format with other schools in the district.
Chromebook devices were brought in to 3rd and 4th grade classrooms last year to all elementary schools providing 1 Chromebook for every 2 students. The 5th and 6th grade classes are already 1:1. I implemented a peer coaching cycle where individual third and fourth grade teachers are trained by me, learning how to integrate best practices with Chromebook implementation and create systems for effective student learning.
The following blog post shows a full Digital Citizenship program that I co-developed and implemented connecting families to help raise kids who are safe, ethical, responsible online users.