“Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students” (ISTE 2011).
b. Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments (ISTE 2011).
f. 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 (ISTE 2011).
A successful school technology program curates “a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use” (ISTE 2011). Technology coaches can support this effort by “collaborat[ing] 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” (ISTE 2011).
As a Technology Integration Specialist, I was heavily involved with selecting, maintaining, and managing my school’s digital tools and resources. My expertise in these areas evolved as I collaborated with our school’s technology team (administrators + teacher leaders + IT staff) to perform a formal program evaluation and develop a 3-year technology plan.
Teacher support is key to a successful technology program. Whether selecting new hardware or software, or evaluating use of current hardware and software, our process began with a teacher survey. We then conducted focus groups with each grade band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) to determine next steps, including professional learning. For each hardware or software choice, we identified teacher leaders who would pilot new technologies and collaborate with us on professional learning initiatives.
In some cases, I served as the teacher leader, piloting new technologies and new ways of using existing technologies. Also, I was the “administrator” for our Edublogs CampusPress, Google Education, and SeeSaw platforms, which involved setting up and managing all teacher and student accounts. In all cases, I worked closely with our IT staff to ensure our choices were compatible with our technology infrastructure.
You can read more about my experience in my blog post: “3d. Select, evaluate & facilitate use of adaptive & assistive technologies.”
Technology coaches contribute to a technology-enhanced learning environment by working closely with teachers, administrators and IT staff to select, maintain, and manage digital tools & resources “that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure” (ISTE 2011).
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; 2011). Standards for Coaches.