Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standardsISTE Coaching Standards (2014)
Tech tools can be a lot of fun! In the beginning, they can really entertain and engage students. But we have to realize that engagement will wane- our purpose as educators is the content. Learning First, Tech second!
This year I had several teachers tell me that they wanted to have me come in so their students could play with my Makey Makeys. I could have done that and the students would have had a blast! However, my role as coach is to find out how I can address content standards and enhance the learning experience with technology. So that is what we did. I found out that the teachers were working on RL.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
We thought it would be a great idea for students to take evidence from the text in order to illustrate the scene. Then we brought the scene to life using the Makey Makey and Scratch coding. In this activity, the students had to access the details in the text in order to illustrate the scene and added audio to prove that the illustrations they chose were supported by the text.
A blog that I worked on that describes my process in working with teachers is Tales from a Digital Coach One Month In… In re-reading this blog, it still rings true. I have to be there to support teachers, helping them keep an eye on their purpose; student learning goals- and try to find ways to enhance or extend these goals with a tech tool or not. Sometimes the technology can just be a good old fashioned pen and pencil!