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The Expert and the Coach

There are coaches and there are experts… This quarter in EDTC 6105 we’re looking at coaching – a logical next step which looks at how we, as ed tech leaders, can help our fellow teachers improve. The ISTE standards this time around (1b and 1d) focus on  “contribute[ing] to the planning, development, communication, implementation, and … Continue reading "The Expert and the Coach"

Be Prepared!: Troubleshooting by Looking at Current Issues and Problems in Education Technology (ISTE Coaching Standard 3 E&G)

“Be Prepared!” I’ve never been a Boy Scout, but I’ve always liked their motto: “Be Prepared.”  And as I was considering this week’s prompt, “Given the opportunities for students and teachers to collaborate globally, how can we help them develop strategies to troubleshoot and resolve issues that can come with increased use of emerging technologies … Continue reading "Be Prepared!: Troubleshooting by Looking at Current Issues and Problems in Education Technology (ISTE Coaching Standard 3 E&G)"

“All Aboard!”- Accessibilty Guidelines and Digital Leadership Coaching

Equal Access [to Digital Education] for All! When looking at the prompt for this week’s EDTC6104 question, I was struck by a seeming discrepancy in the text of the question for the prompt and that of the coaching standard itself (ISTE coaching standard 3, indicator F). The standard/indicator calls for digital education leaders to “collaborate … Continue reading "“All Aboard!”- Accessibilty Guidelines and Digital Leadership Coaching"

The Worst of All Possible Worlds – ISTE Coaching Standard 3 and the Dystopian Future of Education?

“In a world…” And so begins the introduction to countless movie trailers.  We’ve seen them: psychological thrillers, sci-fi classics, action-packed blockbusters all use that famous three-word tag-line.  It’s become so ubiquitous that it’s become a parody of itself and is often used ironically or in satirical versions of these somewhat-esteemed genres.  And it’s a tag-line … Continue reading "The Worst of All Possible Worlds – ISTE Coaching Standard 3 and the Dystopian Future of Education?"

Surfing the Wave: Keeping Abreast of the Digital Ed Field in ISTE 5

Riding the Wave This week’s question for EDTC 6103 was pretty straightforward. Given ISTE standard 5, I wanted to focus in on indicator C, which called for teachers to “evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in … Continue reading "Surfing the Wave: Keeping Abreast of the Digital Ed Field in ISTE 5"

Digital Citizenship and the New Digital Divide: ISTE Teacher Standard 4 Indicator B

The Digital Divide The concept of the “digital divide” has been around ever since digital technology has been used in classrooms. Initially, the term applied to students who had access to digital devices and the internet at school and at home versus those who did not. Today, however, that term has come to mean something … Continue reading "Digital Citizenship and the New Digital Divide: ISTE Teacher Standard 4 Indicator B"

Can We Get on the Same (Web) Page? ISTE Standard 3 and Coordinating Digital Age Media and Formats

Direction or Freedom? Finding balance between freedom and direction can be difficult for a teacher and it can be even more daunting for an administrator – especially where technology is concerned.  I remember one of the first technology committees I ever served on. It was the late 1990’s (I’m old) and I was teaching middle … Continue reading "Can We Get on the Same (Web) Page? ISTE Standard 3 and Coordinating Digital Age Media and Formats"

Space to Learn: ISTE Teacher Standard #2 & the “Technology-Enriched Learning Environment”

Being a teacher and an historian, I enjoy old photographs of schools, students, and classrooms.  I think most people are fascinated by photographs of people doing their job years ago.  Of course, one of the things that drew me to the study of history was the idea of trying to imagine what life was like … Continue reading "Space to Learn: ISTE Teacher Standard #2 & the “Technology-Enriched Learning Environment”"

Helping Students Help Themselves: ISTE Teacher Standard 1

To Inspire and To Plan As we begin a new quarter in EDTC6103, we are starting to look at the teacher standards for ISTE.  Standard #1 for teachers deals with facilitating and inspiring student leaning and creativity.  This, in and of itself, is not really remarkable, but the scope and the methodology presented by ISTE … Continue reading "Helping Students Help Themselves: ISTE Teacher Standard 1"