Educational technologist or tech coach, what is that? At every school, I have worked/visited/observed this job (the job of which is often called slightly different things), is always defined in a diversity of manners. But let me define a this as such: a person who works with teachers to facilitate the synthesis of technology into all areas of the educational process which includes technology’s role in the overall network of the educational process from teacher’s learning network, student and teacher’s digital workflow, student’s use of technology, technology within the lesson/curriculum, and successful usage of technology.
So, basically I view technology’s role within a school in three areas, not always mutually exclusive:
- Teacher’s use of tech to create materials, manage classroom & class work
- Technology used to present information within the class
- Students’ use of technology to create and learn
My job as an Educational Technologist & Technology Coach is to collaborate, support, and assist teachers to facilitate integration of technology, including but not limited to, developing curriculum & projects, providing support by pushing into the classroom, and creating material to support technology initiatives. I have assisted in the implementation of BYOD at my school and I also support its continued growth. This entailed liaising with the technology team to develop and implement technology initiatives, innovation, and support. I have also developed and delivered professional development in areas of educational technology such as building Professional Learning Networks, Google, Blogging & Social Media, etc.
Examples of Created Professional Development & Training Resources
This self-paced online course was designed for middle school students to prepare them with the necessary Technology Skills & Digital Citizenship concepts to help prepare them for academic success at Wildwood. The course was piloted in year one and rolled out in year two.
Example of concepts covered include; Basic Computing Skills, Internet Safety, Google for Education Suite, Cloud Computing, Presentation Skills, Mindful & Ethical Technology Use, and more.
This site was developed to house resources, trainings, and educational specific information for teachers.
- G-Suite Calendar Training Site
- Presentation about the use of Google at AAS for Bulgarian Ministry of Education
- BYOD at AAS – Video created for a Parent Info Session
- PD – Building Your PLN: Blogging and Social Media
- PD – Getting the Most out of Google
- PD – Using Stop-Motion to Make Ideas Visual in the Classroom