Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sheila Melgard 20% Project for Collaboration and Community Course

            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
oEasily organized observation notes for teachers into folders ,
oCan import/take pictures of classroom interactions,
oObservation notes can be shared with teachers via email, dropbox, itunes, Google docs
oAnnotate/draw on pictures for additional data collection
oCreate drawings/charts to document student engagement/interactions/participation
oHighlight text
· Video on ipad
oObservational video can be hosted on an unlisted youtube channel and shared with the teacher via unique digital link.
oAllows teacher to experience her/his classroom from an objective/unfiltered perspective
Communication Tools:
· Outlook-Scheduling
oThe use of blind-copy distribution lists to maintain confidentiality
oConsult with other coaches regarding time frames and content before sending to present a consistent message
· Outlook-Email
oConsult 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.
oSample emails are shared with other coaches as created or saved in Google Drive for use as needed
· Screen Cast
oInstructional tool that allows for refining the message or lesson before delivery.
oArchivable lesson to be viewed and re viewed in a variety of settings (portability)
I had a difficult time understanding and wrapping my arms around this
project. I found the open-endedness of this assignment challenging and it
required me to ask many questions and rely on others for understanding. The
other instructional coaches, Mike Walker and other Cohort members served as
valuable resources to me. Mike provided me with Digital Citizenship ideas and
the other coaches reminded me of the various technology tools we use on a daily
basis. Through discussion, I realized that there are protocols around the use
all of these technology tools that required articulation and documentation. By
completing this project, I learned the importance of Digital Citizenship and
the role it plays in my daily work with Edina staff members.

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