The Importance of Tech Coaches Focusing on Function and NOT on Application

Why Should Tech Coaches Focus on Function Rather Than Application_

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff sits down with New Jersey Tech Coach Eric Guise to talk about the importance of Tech Coaches focusing on the function rather than the application. For many Tech Coaches, they are often in a position of wanting to push a specific app because it's the latest and greatest. However, for many teachers, these new and exciting applications aren't household names and it's often scary to think about introducing something new.

So what is the solution?

Rather than pushing an application such as Flipgrid, it's best to push the concept of “what do you want your students to be able to do?” and THEN work in a conversation about a fantastic application that can meet all of their classroom needs for free.

In today's episode, we take you through several scenarios where teachers might ask a Tech Coach about a specific function or classroom activity and provide several great solutions for how to help that teacher bring technology into their lessons.

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