ISTE Coaching Standard & Indicator 6a: Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the ISTE Standards for Students and ISTE Standards for Teachers.
As technology advances at a rapid rate, it’s impossible for learning institutions to keep up with formal or timely professional development. Digital learning coaches, facilitators, and teachers must be persistent and find formal and informal professional learning opportunities for learning with technology to be creative and inventive. My own curiosity has led me to grow my professional learning network (PLN.) The following are examples of how I engage in continual learning opportunities that deepen my content and technology skills and knowledge as explained in indicator 6a.
I’ve attended multiple Edcamps where I come upon new tools, apps, or strategies of implementations that will support the students and staff I serve.
Each month, our Digital Learning Team attends the North Sound Tech TOSA meetings where technology specialists share ideas about program development and implementation. It’s an informal way for us to network and gather ideas. Recently, the discussion was centered on how we advertise ourselves in our roles led our own team to rebrand ourselves. We’ve established out title as Digital Learning Specialists focusing on student and teacher learning with technology. Within the same initiative we reevaluated our web presence resulting in revamping our website to make it easier for teachers to access online support.
Twitter discussions with content experts led me to implement Google My Maps in a 2nd and 5th grade social studies research project. Since then, I’ve promoted it in professional trainings as a way for teachers help students personalize their learning.
At NCCE–I attended a workshop to learn BreakoutEDU. I’m hooked on the collaborative, critical thinking, and creative skills it promotes. Upon my suggestion to the Director of Technology, kits are ordered for our digital learning team to train other instructional specialists.
I meet quarterly with the regional computer science district leaders comprising of other district administrators, STEM coordinators, technology specialists, and computer & technical education teachers where we identify and work on shared problems of practice such as the nature of K-12 Computer Science pathways. See blog post below that shows how I learn more about the standards and how to cross-walk them within our curriculum.