How do you create a district-wide vision for Digital Learning?

Creating a District-wide Vision for Digital Learning

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 Nick discuss how a school district can set a vision for digital learning in the classrooms and how you can start that conversation with your administrative team and instructional coaching department.

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This week’s question is:

Question Topic: How can we get the entire school district on the same page when it comes to defining what digital learning looks like in the classroom?

Weekly Topic

  • Developing a Shared Vision and Goals
    • How do you create a shared vision?
      • Asking … “what’s the purpose?”
      • Where is the target?
      • What is the objective?
      • What do we want our staff to get out of the training … and why?
      • How can we provide the training and experiences to get staff able to meet the goals
    • Who is included in this conversation?
      • Superintendent
      • Cabinet
      • District / Building Leaders
      • Teachers
      • Students
      • Parents / Community Members
    • Ways to ask the important questions
      • Google Form
      • Conversations
      • Quick Survey’s
        • What has or is working well?
        • Have your goals/objectives been meet?
    • Using the Summertime to ask questions of district leaders
      • Map out and Diagram a full year program
      • How do you build a catalogue to support the goals and objectives of the district and building leaders
  • Prioritizing Professional Learning in and out of your district
    • Creating a Professional Development Yearly Overview
      • Send out a document to the staff so they are on the same page
        • Here are the goals that we are looking to progress
      • Create a catalogue of professional learning opportunities
        • Internal
          • Meeting Speakers
          • Consultants
        • External
          • Conferences
          • EdCamps
          • Thrive
          • Sage
          • Health Organizations / Hospitals often run sessions
      • Using a Newsletter to support professional Learning
        • Work with your building administrators to put professional development information in THEIR newsletters
  • Creating a digital learning evaluation method that is flexible yet effective
    • Have a variety of evaluation methods … not just the mid-year and end of year evaluations
      • Keep evaluation more informal and collegial so that it’s not a “gotcha”
    • Using a Staff Survey (Self-Assessment) to allow teachers to share what they know and what they would like to learn during the year
    • Use some type of “artifact creation” when it comes to digital learning so that teachers can showcase what they are learning throughout the professional development process
      • At the end of the day, the teacher is going to have to show that they know how to use the tool or that they understand the concept.
      • Allow for feedback and professional conversations around the topic and concept that is backed up by Instructional Coaches
      • Create an online discussion board so that staff members can collaborate and learn from each other
  • Providing constant support for students, teachers, and community members
    • Creating a Student led “genius bar” or Tech Team
    • Invite the students to run their own professional learning sessions for teachers (Students teaching teachers)
      • How to use specific apps
      • How to create projects that students already love doing and share it with more teachers
      • Students teaching Board of Education members how to use Google Apps (sharing, formatting, etc)
  • Protecting student privacy and promoting digital safety
    • Digital Citizenship: Create a unified and tiered curriculum that supports the knowledge of but, also includes resources to support parents so that they are understanding what students are learning in school.
    • Create a Dashboard in a Google Site that has a spreadsheet of all of the district used tools so that parents know what programs are holding content about their students.
      • Include the privacy policy
      • Include the paid/free status
      • Include how to remove student information if parents are not interested in having student information available.
  • Working together with parents so students learn both in and out of the classroom
    • Parent Nights
      • Short form
      • Single subject events
    • Parent University
      • Build a curriculum of learning that follows a theme
  • Embracing and Celebrating the Impact Digital Learning has on students, teachers, and community.
    • Share the “wins” of staff and students
    • Success breeds success
      • If people see that it’s working for others, they might believe they can do it too
    • Post in newsletters, and (maybe) social media examples of what is happening in the classroom and share it with others
    • Get your staff to present their win’s to other staff members
    • Ask “how does this information get back to the students and their successes?”
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