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Ask the Tech Coach Episode 22

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick welcome a roundtable of Tech Coaches onto the podcast to discuss the most important topics facing Tech Integration Coaches today!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Reflections and reactions from Episode 21: Best PD Methods
    • What do you do if a PD session doesn’t go as planned … during the presentation?
  • Tech Coach Websites
  • Examples of Tech Coach Websites
  • What makes a good Tech Coach Website?
      • Resources organized by topic
      • Current / regularly updated
      • Visually appealing, easy to navigate
  • Should your personal website be your tech coach website?
      • Should discuss with your district leadership
      • Great to combine into one site, provided it can serve both purposes so you can add regular content
  • Does your content belong to you or your school district?
        • Should you make two different pieces of content?
  • Creating Positive Working Relationships with Staff Members
      • Working with teachers whom you train
      • Working with admin whom you may or may not report to
  • How to Manage All of the Tech Coach Hats
      • Colleague
      • Trainer
      • Association Member
      • Administrator
      • Ambassador to the community
  • Creating the Perfect PD Topics / Titles / Descriptions to entice staff interest
  • Surviving the Holiday Months when Teachers are Extremely Busy
  • On the Next Episode
    • What makes a good Faculty or Department Meeting Presentation
      • Lecture vs Presentation vs Workshop
      • School Topic vs Tech Coach Topic
      • Keeping everyone interested when you are working with a with a wide variety of grade levels and departments

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About our Guests

Jennifer Judkins

Jenn Judkins is the Director of Digital learning for Lexington Public School District in Massachusetts. An experienced middle and high school science teacher, she knows first-hand how technology can extend learning and engage students in ways that challenge them to higher levels of thinking. Jenn is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, 2016 MassCUE Pathfinder, PBS Lead Digital Innovator. As regular presenter at regional and national conferences, Jenn shares her passion for meaningful integration of digital tools by helping teachers gain confidence and proficiency in their use of technology. She curates useful technology resources, tip sheets and integration ideas for educators on her blog, teachingforward.net and is a co-host on the TechEducator Podcast.  

Sadie Lewis

Instructional Innovation Specialist in the Mehlville School District in St. Louis, Missouri. Design and develop professional development and supports instructional technology and innovative teaching practices. Support teachers through coaching and co-planning, and modeling and co-teaching classes with them.

Stephen Rao

Computer Science Teacher. MA Instructional Technology from Stockton University, Schoology Ambassador, Keynote speaker at Schoology NEXT on Digital Citizenship Challenge,

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