In this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we bring 3 Instructional Technology Coaches on to discuss their Top 10 Tips for staying productive and efficient in their school districts.
10 Productivity Tips for Instructional Technology Coaches
Tip 1 – Coach to Teacher Communication
- Voxer – very important for keeping communication open but not filling your inbox.
Tip 2 – Teacher to Coach Communication
- Utilize an online booking system (YouCanBook.Me, Appoint.ly, Google Calendar Appointment slots) etc for teachers to book times to meet with you. Saves the back and forth time in emails.
- Use Remind for quick contact.
Tip 3 – Keep Track of Events and Documents
- Evernote: It’s the perfect application to save documents, audio, PDF’s and it’s available on all platforms.
Tip 4 – Digital Communication and Organization
- Utilize Google Docs/Folders to record conversations and coaching sessions for future conversations.
Tip 5 – Provide Resources for Personalized Learning
- Keep ongoing blog as a one-stop-shop for all your teachers’ needs. Update with things you often come across for them to go back to. Also helps alleviate email you send to staff.
Tip 6 – Create Personalized Videos
- Jing – a great quick screen recording tool for simple how-to videos.
Tip 7 – Create a Data Dashboard
- Record important events right after they happen. It’s easy to go an entire day and forget to record important events or meetings with teachers. Use a Google Doc, Evernote, Google Keep, or Google Form to keep track of what you have done each day. Use it to create a Data Dashboard of your events. You never know when it might come in handy.
Tip 8 – Create User Groups for Group Instruction
- Facebook groups – create hubs for people to share resources. It’s not just me that may have the answer.
Tip 9 – Create an Army of Foot Soldiers
- Utilize your most willing teachers to assist in training/sparking innovation in others. If you build it, they will come.
Tip 10 – When in Need… Wear it!
- Make an Apron Aprons- You could rock an apron and save hundreds on clothes and instantly have more pockets! Augment your clothing reality with extra padding where you need it and a custom pocket for cookies and other fresh snacks.
- Find time for micro-learning (Twitter, Flipboard, Tweetdeck, etc.)
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