Here are a few ISTE Standards for Educators that I would like to focus on over the next year and a half.
Standard 6C: Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
Computational thinking, design thinking and computer science are high on my list of priorities at YIS. I’ve had lots of conversations with YIS teachers about computational thinking and how it aligns with the way we approach education and the way IB approaches education. The elementary school teachers and I have just started collaboratively investigating computational thinking and have been brainstorming ways in which we can embed computational thinking authentically into the units of inquiry. We’ve made a start, but we have a long way to go. I’ve also spent some time learning about and exploring our use of design thinking. Of course, I spent some time looking at the Stanford d.school and its approach to design thinking and are developing ideas of how we can move forward with a more concrete design thinking approach at YIS.
Standard 3: Citizen, Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. (all substandards)
Another large focus for me this year is digital citizenship. YIS is in the middle of a shift in thinking regarding digital citizenship. In the past, digital citizenship was a combination of whole school focus around digital citizenship (including a digital citizenship week) and sporadic classroom lessons. Last year we formed a focus group to move away from the idea that digital citizenship just happens one week a year and to the idea that digital citizenship is embedded in most everything we do. I know this isn’t new, but we’ve also been looking at the idea that maybe we just need citizenship, not digital citizenship. I’m still not sure where this will end or what direction we will take, but I look forward to using some of my time with COETAIL to help expand my understanding and consolidate my thinking.
Standard 1: Learner, Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. (all substandards)
Lastly, I’ve chosen Standard 1 because I don’t want to forget that just because I’m a coach, doesn’t mean I’m not learning and growing everyday. I just spent the weekend at Vietnam Tech Conference – on Saturday I introduced myself to another teacher and after stating that I was a Tech Learning Coach he replied that I must know everything being presented. Well I’m sure he was just sparking some light-hearted conversation, it did make me think a bit about my role as a coach and how sometimes teachers see us. I certainly didn’t know everything that was being presented and I’m very much a learner all the time.