Lake Forest School District 67
K-8 Technology Integration Coaches’ Goals for Implementation

As created/suggested by:
Laura Montgomery 5-8 Tech Coach
Fred Koch K-4 Tech Coach

Goal #1: To all speak the same language. Base our position/design on the model by Jamie McKenzie in the book “How Teachers Learn Technology.”

We would like all the administrators to “buy into” and support the tech coach, our roles and the expectations of teachers. From day one, we need our administrators to communicate a unified position that is adhered to district-wide regarding the following:
  • Our job description
  • Our role as it relates to staff, students, administration and the parents
  • The expectations of teachers in adopting a tech goal for this year, future years
  • Expectation that coaches and teachers are a TEAM; teachers are working collaboratively with the coach rather than having another “planning/prep period.”

The Coaches would like to create a list of “FAQ’s” about our position, anticipating questions that teachers will have and how we would answer them. (examples):
  • “How do the tech coaches differ from the tech teachers or ILI’s?”
  • “How can I be sure that this project really does enhance student learning?”
  • “Do I have to do this tech project?”
  • “Will my tech coach be evaluating me?”
  • “Who is going to help me when my equipment doesn’t work?”

Goal #2: To create a positive model of professional development and the culture of facilitating teachers’ own learning in technology.

We feel strongly that we are embarking on a model of “Designing Adult Learning,” rather than a training model for professional development. As Jamie McKenzie describes, it follows “Just in Time” vs. Just in Case” learning. “Training”is for animals; instead we are helping teachers in their technology learning process.
  • We want to portray our role as “teachers helping teachers”
  • It’s not a top-down model…rather the impetus of the tech projects will come from the teachers (with the support and follow-through coming from the coaches)
  • Coaches are here to see to it that teachers are learning and achieving success with integrating technology into the curriculum, not demanding that teachers do this
  • We want to help teachers identify their technology “User Level” and assist with developing a tech plan for both short- and long-term goals.

Goal #3: To become advocates for the use of technology:
  • The district’s new technology team:
    • Understand the roles and responsibilities of each member of the tech team and how they relate to the overall plan: integration coaches, tech assistants, technology teacher, tech/IT support staff and district tech coordinator
  • integrating technology into the curriculum so as to enhance and improve student learning.
    • Assist with the alignment of curriculum to NETS standards for students
  • Teachers as they add technology goal(s) to their professional development/learning plan (understand and communicate the “tech minimums”)
  • The district’s/building’s overall technology plan and usage of hardware and software:
    • o LCD projectors, document cameras, interactive whiteboards, laptops, etc.
    • PowerSchool, Edline, EasyGrade Pro, etc.

Goal #4: To be prepared to meet the challenges of this new position.
  • Have a physical space/office set up in each school that will be conducive for:
    • Equipment storage or set-up
    • Quiet space for podcasting, recording, filming, etc.
    • Room to meet with teachers or students if necessary
  • Have the necessary equipment to work with teachers or complete projects away from the classroom
    • Laptop
    • Scanner
    • Printer (or access to)
    • Recording devices (microphones, etc.)
    • CD/DVD burner
    • Multiple burner machine
    • Memory/flash drives
    • Cameras (still and video)
  • Establish a Tech Coach budget from which to order supplies, solicit professional development professionals/consultants, or the like.
  • Design/participate in our own learning with regard to technology integration
    • Research new and effective resources, links and programs
    • Engage in reading/contributing to the websites of notable/respected “educational technology experts”
    • Keep abreast of “Best Practices” relating to technology integration
    • Be an active member of ICE, NICE or other professional organizations
  • Be given ftp privileges for posting websites, student projects and teacher web pages to the District Website

Goal #5: To create an effective communication system for sharing resources, information, projects and accomplishments with teachers, administration and the School Board
  • Use an online web authoring tool (EduBlog) as the uniform template for our Tech Coach website
    • Utilize/feature a variety of Web 2.0 tools (will enable modeling and positive participation)
      • • Blogs
      • • Wikis
      • • Podcasts
      • • Delicious (social bookmarking) links
      • • Video clips
      • • Survey Monkey
      • • Google Docs/Spreadsheets
      • • iCal or Google Calendar
  • Create a District Tech Team Wiki (not necessarily shared with teachers) for sharing questions, issues, solutions, etc. amongst the team members.
  • Utilize iWeb as the vehicle for sharing student/classroom projects
  • Establish a shared calendar for posting the tech coach’s schedule and availability
    • Must include a block of time for “research and development”
  • Allow for monthly tech team meetings (all tech team, tech coaches)

Goal #6: Adhere to and encourage the conditions of safe and ethical use of technology.
  • Understand the District’s Policies for Acceptable Use
  • Work to create a District-wide “Parental Permission Opt-Out” form (regarding the posting of student work, images, and ideas on the internet)
    • Be responsible for maintaining/posting the list of students who have signed/opt-out of participation)
  • If necessary, adhere to a format for “password protecting” classroom sites (based on age/grade level appropriateness)
  • Be knowledgeable of and a proponent of Copyright issues related to media and technology. Communicate guidelines, expectations and consequences to teachers

Goal #7: To stay healthy, balanced and SANE as we embark on this journey to live, learn and (most importantly) TEACH in an increasingly digital world.
  • build trusting and collaborative relationships with our colleagues
  • be a good listener
  • maintain a level of flexibility and adaptability when working with new technologies
  • advocate for the teachers’ ongoing learning of 21st Century Skills
  • celebrate the successes and encourage the advancement of teachers’ skills (no matter how small)
  • Attempt to remove obstacles for the reluctant learner/teacher
  • facilitate meetings with grade level/content area teachers on an on-going basis
  • be dependable. Teachers are counting on us to be there…and on time!
  • Keep organized
  • demonstrate a sense of humor when necessary
  • keep on keepin’ on!!

The Technology Train is no longer just a train…it has gone from a locomotive to a bullet train to a supersonic train in a matter of 5 years…and… it has NO PLANS of being a “passing phase” or even slowing down any time soon! It’s either get on it or step off and wave as it passes you by!

Our students come to us as Digital Natives….they were born in the hi-tech world and know nothing different. Education in many schools is only widening this “Digital Divide.” How students access information and create their own learning is so different from the way many teachers have been “trained to teach.” The shift from a one-way delivery model of information to a nonlinear way of accessing, creating and sharing information requires a shift in teaching style— an advocate for change, a facilitator of learning, and a coach for skill development.

---We are the District 67 Tech Coaches
…and we’re here to work with you!