In starting my third year of Technology Coaching at UGDSB I’ve just loved helping teachers build capacity with tech tools, try some new things outside of their comfort zone, and then watch their students improve and become more independent learners, especially with the help of assistive technologies.
In an attempt to keep the focus on technology that is closely focused on student learning goals, rather than one-off software training sessions, I’m recommending that teachers who are interested in working with me choose a project that might fit their classroom, their students, and their comfort level with technology, making the coaching experience more impactful for their own professional learning.
The projects listed below will hopefully provide a natural way to embed most, if not all, of these components:
- literacy expectations
- media/technology integration
- media literacy curriculum
- assistive technology, differentiated instruction and differentiated learning
- social media and our new Acceptable Use Policy
- critical thinking
Teachers will learn how to extend the traditional writing process and create multimedia stories with students, especially with:
- personal narrative
- persuasive writing pieces
Multiple Representations of Knowledge
(‘reading’ and ‘writing’)
Teachers will learn to use technology to provide an opportunity for students to differentiate the products they create in order to demonstrate their learning.
- formative or summative assessments
- collaborative documents
- using assistive technology such as audio recordings and digital graphic organizers
Teachers will learn how students can deconstruct and analyze media messages and construct their own media in a variety of forms. Students will become more critical of the overt and implied messages that are embedded in the media they view and in what they create.
Web 2.0 Tools
Social Media tools are generally free and can increase collaboration, reflection and engagement, as well as promote a global classroom. Teachers will learn how to find the right tools (e.g., wikis, blogs, voicethread, collaborative documents) to enhance collaboration in their classroom, and find an authentic audience for student work.