As a tech coach, I am constantly looking at spaces where technology can be leveraged to provide additional support and help meet the growing needs of successfully utilizing technology in an educational environment.
Take a look below to learn more about some initiatives I have helped support…
The 6th Grade Transition: The Tech Skills/Digital Citizen Boot Camp
The transition from elementary school to middle school is a huge change. So much is different: from the campus, to how classes are organized, to how lessons are implemented, student expectations, as well as moving from iPads to the use of laptops for school and all that entailed with the increased usage of technology for their learning needs.
We asked ourselves, how can we help ease this transition in terms of technology? One idea was to create a “bootcamp” designed to be implemented with advisors during the first two weeks of schools to help facilitate this transition. A comprehensive curriculum has been out designed to onboard students to the basics of what they will need to know in order to not only survive, but thrive in their new environment.
This was beta-tested in year one and rolled out in year two. Created as a blended self-paced course that runs completely from a Google Class with interactive Google Docs.
Example of concepts covered include; Basic Computing Skills, Internet Safety, Google for Education Suite, Cloud Computing, Presentation Skills, Mindful & Ethical Technology Use, and more.
“I learned how to properly use google drive and docs, and different tricks that make using them easier.” — 6th Grade Student
Providing Spaces for Support
As a Tech Coach, I work side-by-side with teachers in classrooms as well as directly with students. I am also asking myself, how can we provide spaces to support the usage of technology for teaching and to meet learning goals?
One way that I provide support to both teachers and students is to provide places for them to go to find vetted and comprehensive information for their educational technological needs. For this aim, below are a few examples of sites created to meet those specific needs.
Tech Learning Portal
The Tech Learning Portal was created as a resource to help teachers learn how to use technology to differentiate and personalize learning for all students and support teachers in learning how to use technology for rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning. It provides vetted, searchable resources, and information.