Are You Prepared to Be a Digital Learning Ninja?

Digital Learning Ninja

Welcome to “Ask the Tech Coach,” a podcast for Instructional Coaches and Technology Integration Specialists.

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Susan welcome Instructional Coaches Jennifer Thomas and Jessica Brittingham onto the podcast to discuss their upcoming ISTE22 session and help you become an EdTech NINJA!

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Question of the Week

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This week’s question is:

What are some good coaching sessions to attend at the ISTE Conference?

Weekly Topic

Our guests Jen Thomas and Jess Brittingham will be presenting at ISTE on Wednesday. They will talk about surviving as a tech coach.

“Tech Coaching from Newbies to Ninjas” – https://sites.google.com/refreshedcoaching.com/coaching-survival-kit/about-us

  • Resources needed from August to July
    • Relationship Building
    • Templates
    • Monthly Campaigns
  • What should I think about here in the summer as a new tech coach?
    • Getting started strong – intro emails, vision casting
    • Survey forms, getting to know you forms, meet/greet slides
    • Use conferences and networking opportunities with peers to break the ice and learn how to build those relationships
  • How do I build a culture of coaching in my building/district?
    • Defining your role
    • How do we do our job
    • Establishing “champions” for your coaching role
    • Newsletter / Appointment Scheduling
  • SMART Goals
    • Coaching Campaigns

About our Guests

Jennifer Thomas

Jen‌ ‌Thomas‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌passionate‌ ‌technology‌ ‌educator‌ ‌who‌ ‌began‌ ‌her‌ ‌career‌ ‌in‌ ‌education‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌library‌ ‌media‌ ‌specialist.‌ ‌After‌ ‌twelve‌ ‌years‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌library,‌ ‌she‌ ‌decided‌ ‌to‌ ‌shift‌ ‌her‌ ‌role‌ ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌now‌ ‌the‌ ‌Instructional‌ ‌Technology‌ ‌Specialist‌ ‌at‌ ‌Dartmouth‌ ‌High‌ ‌School‌ ‌in‌ ‌Dartmouth,‌ ‌Massachusetts.‌ ‌ She‌ ‌is‌ ‌dedicated‌ ‌to‌ ‌empowering‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌and‌ ‌students‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌interest‌ ‌in‌ ‌planning‌ ‌and‌ ‌delivering‌ ‌professional‌ ‌development‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌ ‌aspects‌ ‌of‌ ‌educational‌ ‌technology.‌ ‌Jen‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌Google‌ ‌Certified‌ ‌Educator,‌ ‌Google‌ ‌Certified‌ ‌Trainer,‌ ‌Google Certified Coach, and New England GEG Leader, and member of the Board of Directors for MassCUE (ISTE affiliate).  She facilitates‌ online‌ ‌professional‌ ‌development‌ ‌courses‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌non-profit‌ ‌educational‌ ‌organizations and resides in Rhode Island with her husband, Charlie, and their three children, Cooper, Noah, and Caroline. @BlendedLibGirl

Jessica Brittingham

Jessica Brittingham grew up in Mission Viejo, California, and moved to Boston for college in 1997.  Jess earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UMass Boston in 2000.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from UMass Dartmouth in 2007.  She taught fourteen years of high school English in Westport and Dartmouth before assuming her role as Technology Integration Specialist with Uxbridge Public Schools.  Jess is a Google Certified Trainer, a Google Certified Coach, and is a MassCUE Instructor.  Jess began working on her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in May 2022, and expects to graduate in 2025.  Jess lives with her musical family in New Bedford, MA, and is the proud mother of 2 girls, Rowan and Harper, and the proud-stepmother of 3 boys, Christopher, Matthew, and Zachary. @ELA2TISJess

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