"In the last decade, changes in technology, communication, and the information life cycle have contributed to significant changes in our world. Increasingly, people are becoming technology creators as well as technology users. Meaningful participation in modern society requires fluency in the uses of, impact of, and ability to manipulate technology for living, learning, and working."
—2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework
AWRSD hired two Digital Learning Coaches in 2018 to support the instructional use of technology through staff professional development, co-teaching, curriculum design, and technical assistance. Digital Learning Coaches also support implementation of the district's STEAM programs/goals and the District Technology Plan.
What can a Digital Learning Coach do for you?
- Help your students sign into their Google or Freckle accounts for the first time.
- Create account login cards for your class.
- Provide an extra set of hands for a STEM activity or class research project.
- Demonstrate formative assessment tools like Plickers, Kahoot, Flipgrid, or Seesaw.
- Teach students a new multimedia tool they can use to show what they know: presentation, comic strip, animation, movie, or map-based story/tour.
- Set up student accounts for an online learning system like BrainPop or Khan Academy.
- Organize a Makerspace Challenge for your class (an open-ended, creative project using craft supplies, recyclables, and/or 3D printing (plastic) or fabrication (cardstock).
- Help you use the Google Suite to work smarter not harder (for example, create a website or a self-grading quiz).
- Help you learn a new technology—during your prep, before school, or after school.
- Collaborate on designing a lesson or unit that integrates technology.
- Provide technical assistance on how to use classroom devices: iPads, Chromebooks, interactive whiteboards, document cameras, etc.
- Use the district’s social media accounts to publicize your awesome use of technology!
- You tell us: what do you need?
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