Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ellen Reicho 20% Project for Collaboration and Community Course

Ellen Reicho 20% Project on Digital Citizenship

Initially, much of my time was spent not only trying to develop a deeper understanding of all that digital citizenship really means but also what promoting and modeling digital citizenship looks like in my role as an instructional coach. In our work with teachers and each other there are frequent and ongoing discussions about appropriate email communication and ethical use and sharing of data collected during observations.

My first step for this project was to just dive in and explore, reach out and learn. This included following fellow educators and leaders in the field of education and coaching on Twitter and Google+. I have found some valuable resources through these online communities but still struggle to take it all in and integrate it in a way that changes my current practice. I do believe that as my understanding of digital citizenship continues to deepen and broaden I will be able to better apply best practice to my coaching and eventually to my instruction when I return to the classroom.  

The coaches spent considerable time wrestling with how to create our own project but ultimately we collaborated to create a document that highlights the various online tools and applications we all use as well as expectations of responsible use in our work with teachers.



Instructional Coaches 20% Digital Citizenship Project


The current instructional coaches participating in the 2013-14 Tech Cohort have compiled a list of technology tools and guidelines for responsible implementation. These guidelines are in alignment with the digital citizenship recommendations as presented in the Tech cohort.  This information will be posted on the instructional coaches’ website.


Ethical behaviors and digital citizenship for instructional coaches and data collection:
  • Data collection tools are agreed upon by the teacher and coach prior to observation;
  • No tools are used (such as video) unless requested by teacher;
  • Collected data is to be shared with only the observed staff person;  
  • Teachers are assured that data collected will be shared only with appropriate personnel;
  • Student data privacy protocols will be discussed at the pre-observation meeting.  


Data Collection Tools:
  • Notability, Evernote, Audionote or similar notetaking apps
    • Easily organized observation notes for teachers into folders ,
    • Can import/take pictures of classroom interactions,
    • Observation notes can be shared with teachers via email, dropbox, itunes, Google docs
    • Annotate/draw on pictures for additional data collection
    • Create drawings/charts to document student engagement/interactions/participation
    • Highlight text


  • Video on ipad
    • Observational video can be hosted on an unlisted youtube channel and shared with the teacher via unique digital link.
    • Allows teacher to experience her/his classroom from an objective/unfiltered perspective


Communication Tools:
  • Outlook-Scheduling
    • The use of blind-copy distribution lists to maintain confidentiality
    • Consult with other coaches regarding time frames and content before sending to present a consistent message


  • Outlook-Email
    • Consult with other coaches regarding mass emails that are sent to teachers/staff for purposes of goal setting and observation cycles to ensure consistent message for purposes of maintaining the fidelity of the Alt Comp program.  
    • Sample emails are shared with other coaches as created or saved in Google Drive for use as needed


  • Screen Cast
    • Instructional tool that allows for refining the message or lesson before delivery.
    • Archivable lesson to be viewed and re viewed in a variety of settings (portability)



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