Instructional Technology Coaches are crucial to the implementation, development and success of educational technologies in K12 Classrooms. Despite their importance, there is a lack of understanding around the role, what they do, and why they are so important.
According to a report from Front Row Education, “more than 50% of teachers report having a one-to-one student device ratio in their classrooms, while more than 75% of teachers report using technology daily with their students.” Technology is changing K12 education and creating opportunities for teachers to teach more effectively using technology. This growing technology trend is not possible without the role of Instructional Technology Coaches.
Instructional Technology Coach Role
- Instructional Technology Coaches are critical to ensuring that technology K12 classrooms is both comprehensive for teachers to use, and that first and foremost, the use of technology aligns with overall learning goals of both the classroom and larger K12 institution.
- Instructional Technology Coaches are critical in every step of implementing technology in the K12 classroom. By bridging the gap between teachers and administrators, Instructional Technology Coaches aim to understand educators’ goals, which technologies align with these goals, and then work to translate these technological needs to district admins.
- Instructional Technology Coaches work hands-on with teachers to provide Professional Development opportunities to ensure that teachers understand how to most effectively use technologies in their K12 classrooms. Coaches also work hands-on with students to ensure that 1:1 student devices are being used properly.
3 Ways Instructional Technology Coaches Can Better Serve Teachers
- Learn about technology, teachers and areas of growth to build a strong foundation for better serving teachers with content and learning models. One resource for information on new edtech trends is by attending conferences like ISTE and CoSN!
- Lead your school in using technology. This is done through developing PD sessions that prepare teachers for technology integration in K12 classrooms.
- Teach technology in a way that meets teachers’ learning goals. This is a combination of helping teachers to understand how to effectively use technology along with supporting them in using technology for various learning activities.
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