Whenever I read this indicator, I get excited about my coaching position next year as an Educational Technology Specialist. As my school’s technology lead teacher, I have had the opportunity of seeing incredible growth in technology skills and instructional practices from colleagues with who I have collaborated. While these successes are happening daily in our school, there has not always been a space to highlight and celebrate this growth. As a future coach in my school, I am looking forward to exploring intentional ways to recognize educators who are using technology effectively and spotlight the amazing work happening. An example of evidence of this indicator is a recent Google Form, Educational Technology Integration Survey, I sent out to my staff. As part of this questionnaire, I asked staff members if there are any areas of educational technology in which they would be interested in teaching a professional development session. Teachers in my school community, and educators collectively, have grown tremendously in their knowledge of educational technology as a result of remote learning in the COVID-19 pandemic. In my new position, I am working to continue cultivating a school culture that recognizes the wealth of knowledge inside our building and leverages that expertise. I want teachers at my school to experience educational technology professional learning from a variety of stakeholders, not just from me.
A blog post that also demonstrates evidence of this indicator, is my blog post, Enhancing 21st Century Learning Skills through Project-based Learning. In this blog, I discuss project-based learning, and how coaches can successfully support educators in implementing project-based learning by celebrating the successes that are happening in their schools. Implementing new instructional practices, like project-based learning, can be challenging at times to get buy-in. When coaches recognize educators in their organization who are effectively using technology, it empowers others to want to explore those practices as well. I also think about what I learned from research for my blog post, Building and Engaging in Meaningful Professional Learning Communities with Twitter, and how Twitter can be a powerful tool to recognize educators.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches