My digital education leadership journey began in 2018 when my school asked me to transition to a technology coach role. My goal was to come alongside our K-8 staff and help explore, design, troubleshoot, and build teachers’ capacity for instructional technology. I quickly enrolled in Seattle Pacific University’s MEd in Digital Education Leadership program to help equip me with the knowledge and skills I would need to become an effective technology leader.
Creating a shared vision and culture for using technology is paramount to a technology coach’s success. If teachers believe in the positive influence technology can have on student learning, then there will be forward momentum by staff working towards a common goal. Likewise, a school mission and vision “motivates, unifies, and guides all stakeholders in their day-to-day operations” and comes “alive in the hearts and hands of those doing the work” (Aguilar, 2015). In my blog, Developing a Shared Vision and Culture That Embraces Technology, I discuss ways in which leadership can establish a shared vision and culture and I also suggest steps in carrying it out. In another blog post, I discuss several models that help guide teachers in using technology in a meaningful way. We don’t want teachers using tech as merely a time-filler or expensive toy. By following a framework such as SAMR, TPACK, or a Learning Design matrix we can create a shared vision on how to effectively use technology in our classrooms. During my time as a technology coach, I regularly used SAMR while working with teachers to try and use technology in more transformative ways.
One example of how I have helped craft a shared vision for school-wide tech is my Digital Readiness Project. During the beginning of my graduate studies, I worked as a technology coach and had the opportunity to interview my building’s principal. We discussed a wide range of topics including digital citizenship, technology policies, and how technology is being used on campus. After discussing our school’s strengths and weaknesses, we determined areas that we wanted to focus on in upcoming professional development sessions. I also walked away having a better understanding of our school’s vision for technology and therefore I could be more effective when working with staff to accomplish school-wide goals.
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Aguilar, E. (2015, July 16). Cultivating Healthy Teams in Schools. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/cultivating-healthy-teams-schools-elena-aguilar
ISTE Standards for Coaches (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches