Mrs. Cook's Corner

Indicator 6a

Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the Standards*S and Standards*T

ISTE Coaching Standards (2014)

In my blog, Rethinking Professional Development, I talk about transforming professional development. I ask the questions, how can we engage adult learners? What are the needs of the individual teacher? How will we reach a diverse audience of educators and provide learning-rich professional development opportunities? In the blog I offer evidence that teachers are not satisfied with the current PD offerings. When we write these blogs, we have the best of intentions on effecting change- and maybe in some small way we can, but it wasn’t until this pandemic arrived and changed the entire education process. I think a silver-lining of this pandemic is that our district is offering some of the best PD opportunities and giving our teachers a range of options to access. So far the feedback has been positive, showing higher levels of engagement.

With two months of distance learning in my pocket, I feel that I have been living this standard daily. Teachers are trying to connect with their students using technology and it hasn’t been an easy go for them. We are trying to make sure that they are comfortable using our learning platform, Microsoft Teams, and developing resources for the parents and students, so that they are equally comfortable.

In addition to this work, I am most proud of my Flipgrid trainings that I have offered to over 600 educators to teach them new ways to bring material to students and have them engage in learning. These classes have been so popular that I have had to double up on classes and even create a 2.0 option. I’m known as the Flipgrid guru in our district (which is flattering as well as overwhelming.)

Looking to the future, I have been working on Digital Citizenship workshops related to the ISTE student standards to deliver to librarians. Last week, I had a summit with them to discuss what has been working and what they need to help students become more informed digital citizens. Going forward, we are preparing to intentionally share the ISTE Teacher/Student Standards in our professional developments. I am looking forward to the new year and all of the new learning opportunities that will come out of this unprecedented time in education. Maybe now we can really innovate our schools and enact some of these great ideas that we have been sharing in our blogs!