As a technology coach, integrating specialist, or an individual working with teachers to better integrate technology into the curriculum, it is imperative to be a visionary leader. Visionary leaders seek out ways to support positive change, encourage communication, advocate for practices which will promote teacher excellence and student growth, and implement strategies which will support innovation and student centered learning. The following are examples are ways I have demonstrated this visionary leadership.
Dine N Dash PD
Dine N Dash PD was created as a way to quickly get teachers critical professional development in a short amount of time. Not all technology skills need an extended period of time to introduce. Dine N Dash PD was created to fill this need. In this format of PD, instruction lasts for no more than 10 minutes. Teachers are free to come for what they need whether that be that they do not come, they show up for a minutes, 10 minutes, or stay beyond the time. As soon as they have acquired the skill, they are free to go. If they need extra assistance after the training, they are free to stay. Some of the skills I have addressed in this PD has been signing into Chrome, maximizing use of bookmarks, creating YouTube playlists, reviewing gradebook tools, and accessing online math curriculum. Following each session, I create a short video meant to help teachers review the skill when needed.
Bassett Technology Committee
Three years ago I created the Bassett Technology Committee in an effort to provide assistance for teachers in our building, make sure that our equipment got the repairs needed, and create a continuum of care and use for our devices. The committee is comprised of 4 members with several others who provide assistance when needed. Several of the committees major accomplishments have been creating a continuum of technology skills for students, creating an essential agreement to help our building share devices, and spearheading new professional development opportunities for the building.
District Technology Committee
During the past 2 years, I have served as a member of the district technology committee. As a member, I have worked with teachers, administrators, and staff from all buildings within the district to create and review policies to enact change that would positively impact students. As a member, I have worked within the committee on creating a technology vision for the district, reviewing the district printing practices, examining research on professional development, and writing letters of recommendation to the superintendent. Through our collaborative Google Classroom, I have been able to share research and resources with the committee to aid our work and discussions. Currently, the committee is working to make a comprehensive technology vision to guide the district in the coming years. The photograph on the right shows a snapshot of survey given to teachers prior to building the vision.