As an Instructional Technology Coach, one of my core responsibilities is to work with teachers to effectively utilize technology to support learning. This is by done by through a collaborative effort with much one-on-one work in discussions and project planning. I assist teachers in the process of successfully integrating technology into the project-based curriculum which often times includes push-in support. The over-arching goal is to use technology as a tool that supports and enriches the learning & curriculum.
Take a look below for a few examples of projects:
6th Grade Humanities: Google Expeditions VR Experience
[ISTE Standard: Global Collaborator]
Google Cardboard brings immersive experiences to the classroom. As a part of this project redesign the “Ancient Egypt” Google Expedition was brought to the class with Google Cardboard Headsets. VR simulations allow students to explore different realities and have an alternative learning experience that is impossible in the traditional classroom. Students were very engaged with their experience of visiting the material they were learning about in class.
8th Grade Science: Google Slide Animations, Video Basics & Storyboarding
[ISTE Standards: Knowledge Constructor & Creative Communicator]
In this multi-class collaboration with the teacher. I introduced students with the concept of stop-motion animations and how to create this using tools on their computer. We explored both concepts, including those of storyboarding, shot types, B-Roll, as well as the technical aspects of creating a stop-motion using Google Slides and Quicktime, and the basics of utilizing audio and iMovie in their video projects. I also created a dedicated website as a resource for the students.
8th Grade Humanities: Introduction to Blogging & Digital Citizenship
[ISTE Standard: Creative Communicator]
In this year-long initiative to bring in blogging into the student’s self-directed projects, I assisted with helping provide the technical and conceptual needs of implementing an individual for each student. An important aspect of this project was that the students would post their work and ideas, as well as to participate in the act of giving and receiving feedback. This was kicked-off with a session about how to set up blogs, use a rich text editor, and a discussion around guidelines and expectations to be a Digital Citizen. Each student was guided to set up their blog and a how-to of taking and adding some multimedia components.