3b Competency & Evidence

One indicator of a Digital Age Learning Environment is:

b.  Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.

I have created a website for my teachers that contain resources for using core district technology tools, district technology equipment, and student centered technology tools.  This website is one way that teachers can learn how to use technology tools.  It also where teachers can access the online courses I have built and calendar of Technology sessions.  This is important because it give teachers a starting point for learning what tools are recommended and supported by the district.  For example, if a teacher is interested in student portfolios, they will see SeeSaw, Google Sites, and Blogger as options.

Front page of the district Instructional Technology website for teacher resources.

Front page of the district Instructional Technology website for teacher resources.

“New-to-the-district” teachers need guidance to navigate the variety of technology systems they are expected to use.  At my district’s New Teacher day in August, I have provided an overview of these systems.  Because I have found this to be too overwhelming, on a day full of new information, I created a “Steps for Everything Guide” for new teachers.  I also made this document a collaborative effort.  The business office updated certain pages, as well as the Substitute Manager, Assessment Mangers, and others.  New teachers now receive an overview of the document and a card with a link to the guide to take with them.  This allows new teachers to feel relaxed knowing they have some autonomy in learning how to complete required tasks and use systems that might be different from what they had in their old district.  This document has also proven to be valuable to existing staff.

Excerpt pages of the Steps for Everything Guide.

I create many instructional step-by-step documents with annotated screenshots to help teachers know how to use technology applications.  For example, teachers only complete report cards twice a year.  Because of that fact, some teachers do not readily remember all the steps.  I work hard to be sure my documents are organized well, detailed, and predictive of common misconceptions.  For example, my Elementary Report Card documents has an Appendix called Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Excerpt pages of the Fall 2015-16 Standards-based Report Card Instructions I created.

My online courses I have built in my district serve as resource pages for teachers.  For example, if teachers are trying to use Turn It In (an originality checker) for the first time in the fall and can’t remember how to get started, the Turn it In course website is one place for them to turn.  The tabs are labeled in a simple and direct way to enable teachers to find specific information.  For example, there are tabs called Purpose & Class Set-up, Your Students, Assignment Set-up and Submission.  This is important because sometimes teachers need help when a formal session is not available or they just need a refresher of one isolated piece of information.

Components of the online course on how to use Turn It In.