2a: Technology-enhanced learning experiences

Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards

Implementing technology-enhanced learning experiences can often feel overwhelming for educators who have not had direct experiences from pre-teaching college courses or years of experience in the classroom.  There is a lot of focus on preparing teachers how to implement core standards for the subjects they teach but the technology standards and blending technology-enhanced learning experiences with the current core standards have been less of a focus both in higher education teaching programs and in the classrooms.  Yet, once a coach begins to model the design of how to achieve this, teachers can find comfort in how much familiarity is woven into these new practices. Coaches can use the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for educators, students, education leaders and coaches will help to fill this gap.

In my blog post, A Pinch, a Dash and a Smidgen ~ Blending 21st Century Skills with Proven Practices, I present the idea that this new way of teaching with technology is much like making a new recipe – you use the background knowledge you have from cooking experience and add new skills to enhance your cooking ability.  Educators use the background knowledge they are already skilled in and pepper it with the additional support technology can provide to connect with the digital age world students are living in and the world they need to be ready for when out of school.  

“The SAMR Model is a framework created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura that categorizes four different degrees of classroom technology integration. The letters “SAMR” stand for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model was created to share a common language across disciplines as teachers strive to help students visualize complex concepts.”  M. L – Principal – Schoology: https://www.schoology.com/blog/samr-model-practical-guide-edtech-integration

Using the SAMR method as a guide can help educators to see how technology can add to what they are already doing. 

Resources:

M. L. (Oct. 30, 2017). SAMR Model: A Practical Guide for EdTech Integration. Schoology. Retrieved from: https://www.schoology.com/blog/samr-model-practical-guide-edtech-integration