ISTE Coaching Standard & Indicator 5c: Model and promote diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents and the larger community.
In my role as a Digital Learning Specialist, I coach teachers on ways to increase and diversify an authentic audience for sharing students’ learning. By doing so, students and teachers are more motivated and engaged in the learning process as they prepare for real-life interactions. The following are examples that show I am proficient in being a leader of ISTE coaching standard 5c.
Primary students read Dr. Seuss stories to same grade level in other states during Read Across America. Students not only practice oral reading but they concentrate on speaking and listening as part of their literacy learning standards (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.1).
Fifth grade students across the district apply their knowledge of United States geography through the use of Mystery Hangouts. The students use maps, atlases, Google maps, and websites to ask and answer questions to determine where our mystery class is located. Students take their specific roles seriously by practicing ahead of the Hangout and collaborating as a class team.
A high school ELA teacher used Flipgrid to solicit expertise from a larger community to help students answer questions for their Genius Hour Project. See it here.
The following blog post explains a unit plan and implementation where our 2nd grade teachers and students studied communities around the world.