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5 ways to grow as a k-12 technology coach during the summer months

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5 ways to grow as a k-12 technology coach during the summer months

  1. 1. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 1 5 Ways To Grow as a K-12 Technology Coach During the Summer Months
  2. 2. With so much new information being exchanged throughout a school year the summer months are helpful for students and educators to digest and reflect on the past 8 months. So how do you ensure that growth doesn’t plateau during the summer months? © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 2
  3. 3. We recently sat down with the host of the #EduDuctTape Podcast, Tech Integration Coach, former STEM teacher, influencer, speaker, and presenter, Jake Miller, to find out how K-12 technology coaches can maintain continual growth during the summer months. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 3
  4. 4. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 4 No one can predict what next semester will really look like. What we do know is that K-12 technology coaches will play an even larger role in education than before.
  5. 5. Tech coaches will spend much of the back- to-school season ensuring that teachers are comfortable with technology tools they have available so that lessons and learning can commence smoothly. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 5
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  7. 7. Everyone has their own preference of tools and methods based on their own knowledge and skill set. Jake emphasized giving teachers the freedom to express their own voice and continue to make the classroom their own. The comfortability of teachers is crucial in the success of the technology. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 7
  8. 8. Early in his career, Jake noticed that just like students, teachers all learn and adapt at different paces. Some teachers need more time than others to adjust to the technology and find what ways are most comfortable for them to teach using the technology - and that is okay. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 8
  9. 9. “As long as [teachers] are moving forward and in the interest of their students, then they should be applauded for that,” Jake explained. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 9
  10. 10. Teachers don't have to be moving at the same speed or using the same tools as the teacher next to them or down the hall from them. Keeping the best interests of students in mind is all that matters when transitioning a classroom. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 10
  11. 11. 5 Ways to Grow During the Summer © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 11
  12. 12. 1. Identify the needs and goals you have Use the summer to reflect on the past school year. Once you have figured out areas of improvement or new interests, goals can be formed. SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, & time-based) short term goals work best for the summer months. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 12
  13. 13. 2. Find the voices centered around these topics After you have identified your goals you can research who is talking in alignment to what your goals are. Look for videos, articles, blogs, vlogs, workshops, crash courses, etc. Social media is a great way to find creators and communities with similar goals. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 13
  14. 14. 3. Consume content centered around these topics Read, watch, pay attention, consume, learn. Anything you can do with the free time you have during the summer to get closer to reaching your goals, do it. There are absolutely no consequences to getting ahead or being on top of your game. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 14
  15. 15. 4. Engage in content When and if you feel comfortable enough, directly engage with creators and people in your personal learning community. By becoming more involved you are able to consume much more information and content therefore reaching your goals faster. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 15
  16. 16. 5. Identify ways to transfer what you learned into the classroom Apply what you learned over the summer to your classroom and create an even better learning environment for your students. All information is valuable when used correctly. Teach your students the correct skills to build professional development adequately. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 16
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  18. 18. Use the 5 steps above to become an even better K-12 technology coach. Continue growth during the summer months and give yourself more purpose by setting clear goals and finding the resources to achieve those goals. © 2020 Dyknow – Proprietary and Confidential | 18
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