Probably my favorite part of my role as a technology coach is that I am able to visit many different classrooms. I've said in the past, "I wish all teachers had an opportunity to visit the classroom of everyone else." With all of this awesome work happening all over the place, it's important to find time to share. Even though everyone can't be everywhere, teachers have been carving some time before school to meet together at what we call "Learn and Shares." These events are times when teachers can come together and share what kind of awesome things are happening for others to learn from, and to learn from others.
We mainly focus on technology work. Teachers are doing some amazing things to integrate technology into education to truly engage and lift students. One kindergarten teacher at this morning's learn and share is beginning digital journals to capture pictures, drawings, and writing about the upcoming caterpillar to butterfly unit. A third grade teacher is finding ways to use video and screen casts to explain "workplaces" and math games to kids in order to more efficiently use time and help more students learn. I was tasked with trying to find an assessment app that has the ability for a teacher to include picture answers instead of only a picture with the question.
Learning and challenging each other is what makes for more opportunities for our students. Learn and shares are a great way to have colleagues work together in a way that really leads to some great outcomes.
Instructional Technology Coach