Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems.

4a Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

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Authentic learning experiences: Activities that are based on students’ real-world experiences or current issues, use real data or work to solve real-world problems.

4b Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.

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Collaborate and co-learn: Reconfigure the teacher-student relationship to encourage modeling and facilitating student learning through relationships built on collaborating and learning together.

Diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues: Able to draw on student and teacher knowledge to solve technology problems and model this practice for students, for example, restart a device, install software updates, transfer work from one device to another, troubleshoot when audio/video won’t play and recognize functional similarities between different devices or software.

4c Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams, and students, locally and globally.

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Collaborative tools: For example, cloud-based, shareable documents and calendars; social media; video and audio conferencing software; and email.

Authentic, real-world learning experiences: For example, solving real-world local or global problems, career/workforce related projects and skill-building, design projects and processes.

4d Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning

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Cultural competency: Being able to interact appropriately and effectively with people from other cultures. Being mindful of others’ experiences and aware of one’s own identity and ideas about difference.

Interact as co-collaborators in student learning: In learning, cultural competency takes the experiences and identities of all parties as a sign of the uniqueness of each class and of each student. Thoughtfulness in designing learning experiences that consider cultural identities can enhance student learning and improve collaboration and communication with parents or guardians and other stakeholders.