5c. Promote diversity, cultural understanding & global awareness

“Technology coaches model and promote digital citizenship” (ISTE 2011).

c. 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.

A successful school technology program “promote(s) diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness” (ISTE 2011). Technology coaches can support this effort by facilitating the “use [of] digital age communication and collaboration tools” that allow all members of the school community to “interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents and the larger community” (ISTE 2011).

During my coursework in the Seattle Pacific University Digital Education Leadership Master’s Degree program I examined best practices in using digital age communication and collaboration tools.

As a middle school teacher I design units that give students the opportunity to connect with people and resources outside of their daily experiences and involve students using digital communication and collaboration tools to create learning artifacts that can be shared with a global audience. My students use technology to connect with students and resources globally (Global Read Aloud, Mystery Skype, Ask a Librarian, etc.) and, whenever possible, to take action to solve a real world problem (Students Rebuild Pinwheel Project, Red Hand Day Campaign).

As a Technology Integration Specialist I coached teachers in the use of digital communication and collaboration tools, both personally and in their classrooms, which led to even more connected learning experiences for our students.

You can read more about my experiences in my blog posts:

“Global Collaborative Project Part I – Ready, Set, Action!”

“Global Collaborative Project Part II – One Down, Two to Go!”

“Global Collaborative Project Part III – Final Report”

“2e: Adjust content, process, product & learning environment”

Technology coaches contribute to a technology-enhanced learning environment by collaborating with teachers and students to build a connected learning environment.


Works Cited

  1. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; 2011). Standards for Coaches.

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