“Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students” (ISTE 2011).
a. Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
A successful school technology program “maximize[s] teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments” (ISTE 2011). Technology coaches can support this effort by “model[ing] effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies” (ISTE 2011).
During my coursework in the Seattle Pacific University Digital Education Leadership Master’s Degree program, I examined best practices in maximizing use of and access to digital tools in a classroom and school.
As a classroom teacher and Technology Integration Specialist at my school, I successfully advocated for teacher voices to be involved in decision-making about classroom technologies and for teachers to have time built into professional learning to:
- Discuss how a new technology will be integrated into their current practice
- Discuss how the physical space of the school/classroom will or may need to change
- Create a common language and common practices around technology use
- Discuss how information will be shared in the building/district
As a result, teachers were more comfortable using digital tools in their classrooms and students were able to enjoy a well-planned technology-enhanced learning environment.
You can read more about my experience in my blog post: “Creating & Supporting Digital Age Learning Environments”.
Technology coaches contribute to a technology-enhanced learning environment by engaging teachers in developing the routines and strategies that are prerequisite for effective classroom management of digital tools and collaborative learning practices.
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; 2011). Standards for Coaches.