I have been a public school
educator for 26 years. I have taught 1st grade, 4th grade and computers.
My current job title is Instructional Coach (iCoach). I travel to eight
buildings to coach teachers on integrating technology and other proven
strategies in the classroom. I work in a kindergarten through 8th grade
1:1 Apple Distinguished Program with iPads.
I believe that devices
in the classroom allow us to truly differentiate the curriculum, and
meet students where they are academically. I believe in using TPACK and
the SAMR model to integrate technology in the classroom. Students should
be using the devices to show us their thinking and demonstrate their
knowledge. I use cognitive coaching to help support teachers as they
plan and deliver their lessons. I remind them that the use of technology
should help them to better meet their objective(s) for each lesson.
pencil, paper, manipulatives, iPad
This picture illustrates how I hope that devices can be used in the classroom, as another seamless tool to choose from.