As a digital education leader, I actively work to foster a school culture that recognizes and embraces the benefits of technology integration but also provides support in developing a healthy balance of digital use. This begins by modeling this behavior, which is evident through principles I have outlined in my blog post, Digital Learning Mission Statement. As I state in two of my guiding principles, it is important for me to model digital citizenship practices for educators and students to help them use technology wisely, and to integrate mindful and intentional digital practice. One example of how I model these guiding principles is when I meet with other educators to discuss technology use we always discuss learning objectives first. Once student learning outcomes have been identified, we then collaborate to discuss how technology integration can support these learning targets and if it improves student learning. During remote instruction, these conversations have been even more essential as educators determine how to design synchronous and asynchronous instruction for their students. Throughout this year, I have worked to model and share my instructional practice with colleagues, and how I have thought strategically about the synchronous learning I have students engaging in. This also includes modeling a healthy digital balance and sharing how I have also thoughtfully designed components of students learning to be done offline.
In one of the first courses for the master’s program in Digital Education Leadership at Seattle Pacific University, we read Howard Rheingold’s Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. My blog post, Net Smart Creative Project was completed as part of this course and serves as evidence for this indicator. This project was beneficial in recognizing the importance of mindful practice when navigating online and providing insight into how to support educators, students, and families with developing a healthy balance in their technology use. Educators, students, and families have all just experienced the impact of over a year of remote learning. These stakeholders are looking for guidance on how to move forward with technology practice, beyond remote learning in a pandemic. As a technology coach, it is important that I understand my responsibility in cultivating a culture that practices healthy technology choices and balances, especially given the circumstances. This means modeling a healthy balance of technology use and partnering with educators to think intentionally about technology integration. Common Sense Education has a robust K-12 digital citizenship curriculum that can support teachers, technology leaders, and families in mindful digital practice. You can also learn about this digital citizenship curriculum in my blog post, Digital Citizenship edWebinar.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches
Rheingold, H. (2012). Net Smart : How to Thrive Online. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.