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As a Tech Coach, I often hear people say that technology is used to "get students engaged." Oftentimes, the term "engagement" is used synonymously with the word "entertained." While this is partially true, student engagement goes far beyond just entertainment and...
If you are reading this, you probably know that we are the district Tech Coaches, and that we are available to collaborate with you on best practices in technology integration. However, you may not know exactly what we do, or can do.
The Tech Coaches are proud to announce that our first podcast of this school year, Ready or Not, Here They Come!, is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcast! Join us as we discuss what learning in a (sorta) post-pandemic world looks like, and how...
One of the hallmarks of a student-centered classroom is student agency. Effective learning happens in a meaningful and relevant context, in which students have voice and choice in the learning process. This often seems like a lofty, unrealistic goal…
This is just a reminder that Tech Coach appointments are now available. The Tech Coaches are happy to meet with you, whether in person or online, and help you with technology integration in your classroom.
You can now quickly and easily generate a QR code for any site you have open in Chrome. Here’s how…
Looking for ideas for digital activities that students can do using their Chromebooks in the first week of school?
As you are now well aware, Chromebooks have become one of the essential school supplies for students of all ages. However, many students are still not using them to their greatest potential. Here are a few tips and tricks that every student should know to get the most...
We’ve reached the finish line. So what do we do with our course materials?
Technology doesn’t limit learning. Our own imagination and proficiency limit technology.
In this series about practices, strategies and tools used during remote instruction that should be considered to remain best practice as we return face-to-face, we will look at an idea from Larry Ferlazzo, called “Leadership Teams.”
While there are many components of online learning teachers (and students) won’t miss, there have been some experiences that have been helpful, and dare I say motivating, to teachers and students both. Let’s take a look at one of those pieces.
One of the most challenging things to automate has been providing timely and valuable feedback on free-response questions. There are still not entirely great options for doing this, but one solution I have found over the last several years has gotten me a little further along the path to my goal of automating everything that can be automated…
[Read time: 2 min] What does it mean to “leverage” technology? And does every teacher need to help students do this?
Amy and Bob talk about the ISTE Standards, and how teachers should be thinking about technology integration. Plus, we have our first podcast PENGUIN sighting! Find the ISTE Standards at iste.org/standards.
Join us as the Tech Coaches discuss the ins and outs of HyperDocs. Warning! They AREN’T just docs with links!
[Read time: 1 min] In much the same way that we learned that all teachers are teachers of reading, we need to start to recognize that all teachers are also teachers of technological competency. We need to know what these competencies are. We need to model best practices within these contexts. And we need to be intentional about how we and students use technology in the classroom…[Read more]
There are some things related to technology that every teacher should at least be familiar with. I’ll be posting several of these throughout the remaining weeks of school.
I wanted to start today with one of the most important ones, which is obviously really an acronym: ISTE (pronounced “isty”), which stands for…
There are a variety of open educational resource (OERs) available online. One such collection of resources for K-5 learning exists through REMC, and you can find a grade- and subject- oriented list on MiTech Kids…
There is a lot of hype around Jamboard, and understandably so! Check out these SEL activities you can do with your class using Jamboard! Using Jamboard for SEL activities, brought to you by TCEA Not sure how to use Jamboard? Check out this video tutorial.
One of the simplest, but most consistent and effective tools I have been introduced to is one that was recommended to me a couple years ago by the amazing Sean Williams, one of our network administrators. The tool is called...
Technology for Lifelong Learning
- Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.
- Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments.
- Model digital age work and learning.
- Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.
- Engage in professional growth and leadership.
from Standards for Teachers.