Frameworks for technology integration – are they still relevant?

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As I started looking through the resources for this week, I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with a colleague of mine. We were discussing the relevance of a technology integration coach in education today. 

In this conversation we decided that while yes, there is still a need for individuals to support educators in effectively integrating technology, is this really separate from what would be the job of an instructional coach? In today’s educational landscape…isn’t the integration of technology into our teaching just good practice? 

It seems that many schools are having these discussions. More and more it seems that technology integration coach positions are being replaced by positions like innovation in learning coach. While technology is a tool that can and should be utilized in the classroom, it takes a real mind shift to be able to use it in a way that really transforms learning.

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Course 3 Final Project: Becoming a Designer PD Plan

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Because I had created a unit plan for Course 2’s final project, I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to branch out and try something new. While I have presented at a few conferences, I have never developed any session that was longer than an hour. This was a new challenge for me. I was so grateful to have worked in the team that I did as they had so much valuable experience to draw on and learn from. (Thanks Reyna, David, and Liliana!)

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Be the change you want to see in the world.

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Prior to this completing this week’s assignment, I had never used Flipgrid. And…to be completely honest, it took me waaayyy out of my comfort zone.

For whatever reason, I really dislike filming myself. I find I get really nervous and lose my ability to speak when on camera. Irrational, I know, but the thought of completing this week’s tasks almost brought me to tears as I had worked myself up in my head. For me personally, I would have really valued having had the option to express my thoughts in another way – writing, creating visuals, etc. 

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Resume Revamp

It’s been a loooooonnnnggg time since I’ve taken a look at my resume. I made the move to Düsseldorf in 2015 and every year since, I’ve been telling myself to update my resume to include the great opportunities I’ve had at ISD. It is now the fall of 2019 and up until this week, my resume had remained untouched. 

A resume is a visual aid, right? We use these tools to convey information about ourselves. So, I decided for this week’s task to focus on this. Five years later, and I would finally give my resume the makeover it so desperately needs!

Collecting Feedback

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“Your message is only as good as your ability to share it.”

When watching this video, titled The Value of Data Visualization, it was this final statement that stood out to me: “Your message is only as good as your ability to share it.”

Throughout all aspects of my life, it has always been important for me that things look nice. From graphic organizers for students to my own wedding invitations, I am a very meticulous creator. 

For the past four years, I have been teaching in a way that is unique to most. I have often struggled to succinctly explain what it is I do exactly. I have found this especially difficult in conversations with friends and family back home who lack context around how education is evolving.

“You work with 88 students in one room? Sounds like a free for all…” 

“You work with 4 other teachers all the time? How does that even work?”

So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to create an infographic to help me with those conversations in the future. I believe this tool could be beneficial not only for myself, but for others as well. My colleagues, the school’s leadership team, admissions team, and marketing team could all use this tool when sharing our collaborative model with others. 

Grade 5 at ISD – Collaborative Teaching Model, by Caitlin Howald
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