Successful connected educational environments rely on connected educators! With the enormous amount of resources available through the internet, through devices, through applications, through social media, and many other sources, it is a full time job for teachers to develop their technology integration skills. East Noble School Corporation believes a connected educational environment is imperative for student success in school and life. To create this learning environment for students, it is also critical to provide support and training to teachers.
Upon initial implementation of a connected educational environment in January of 2010, ENSC teachers prioritized their needs and provided professional development for district educators. This peer led training was very impactful and addressed what teachers needed to begin our journey. However, those early trainings were not enough. As demonstrated daily, technology is constantly evolving and learning a few applications is not enough to engage students and is not sustainable. In the fall of 2011 when devices were placed in the hands of the students, true professional development began through the use of Technology Coaches. These peer coaches are responsible for coaching, training, modeling, and researching technology use in the classroom. They are employed full time and arrange small group, large group, and one-on-one trainings during the teacher’s prep period, before school, after school, and during collaboration time. In addition, these coaches are also responsible for vetting software/applications and very basic troubleshooting to ensure teachers and students are successful with technology integration.
Each year, ENSC organizes a large one- or two-day summer conference that is “packed” with sessions that are taught by teachers for teachers. Because this is supported through an Indiana Department of Education grant, teachers from other districts also present and attend these conferences.
Below are Peer Coach links that may be of interest.