In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff, Susan, and Melissa discuss ways tech coaches can meet the needs of teachers during digital learning days when we are not able to be face to face. How do we coach from a distance?
In this episode, we discuss:
Reflections from Last Week:
- Last we discussed how our districts and schools have mobilized a digital/eLearning plan and gotten it off the ground in a matter of a few days.
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5 Ways To Work With Teachers During Digital Learning Days
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- Stay In Contact With Administrators
- Schedule weekly meetings with your admins
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Digital Learning Websites
- Create one, but don’t overwhelm teachers by giving them EVERYTHING all at once.
- Create it as you go with resources added at the point of need
- Start with the “S” in SAMR
- Substitute current lessons for digital lessons
- Baby steps … teachers aren’t ready for this transition yet
- Less technology is MORE in this circumstance
- Remember that we are in this for the long haul … always provide a game plan with long and short term goals
- Invite teachers to meet by subject or grade level
- Have templates ready to share that will fit teachers of all styles and learning curves
Become a Teacher in their Google Classroom
- Join other teachers Google Classrooms so that you can help troubleshoot anything needed
- Know what your teachers are doing so that you can guide them into more advanced lessons as Distant Learning Days progress
Create Universal Templates
- Don’t overwhelm yourself creating every little thing for every teacher
- What apps can be used for multiple subjects and topics?
- What apps can you use over and over to help teachers feel comfortable once we get back into school
- Choice Boards / Learning Menus that they can fill in with their own activities for their content area
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