District Technology Coaches can be released from their classrooms to support your understanding around how technology can be used for learning.
Read the bio's below to learn about each coaches' area of expertise.
My school uses Apple products exclusively, so I have a lot of experience with Mac computers, iPads and Apple TV. I enjoy developing projects that address learning outcomes across multiple subject areas in the grade 5 and 6 curriculum. Since a technology project can demand a significant time commitment, I found it important to have the projects that provide assessment in more than one subject area. I have an interest in projects that incorporate the following technology: PowerPoint presentations, Comic Life projects, iMovie (creating movies), brochures/flyers, podcasts (radio plays) blogs, photo/video editing and story writing by story boarding. Students really love using technology and I find it's a great way to cover some of those harder to get learning outcomes (in particular, social studies, career, health). Students also develop some great prerequisite technology skills that will be useful to them in middle and high school. I would really like to help other teachers plan and implement projects that make use of their technology and address the curriculum.
If you are interested in learning and teaching code, call me up! I have taught Scratch programming for over 10 years and find it one of the most versatile tools for students to both learn the problem solving cycle and show their learning in almost any subject. I would love to come in and work with your elementary class to get Scratch programming up and running. If you are looking for a wonderful tech integration program, check out Minecraft: Education Edition. I have also worked with this program for nearly 10 years and use it to teach everything in many different subject areas. M.E.E. has kid buy-in built right in! Your reluctant writers will write with enthusiasm and your 'fear of math' students will feel accomplished as they create to solve real-world math problems.
If you want to know about OneNote Class Notebooks or are trying the class set of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots for STEM (including secondary science), email me to book a morning or afternoon together. There's always something new to try. I've spent most of my teaching career teaching students from a computer lab either in middle school or in high school and yet, here I am about to look into podcasting for the first time - as in what's a pod and why do we want to cast it? Kidding. If that's on your wish list, let's figure things out together and see how students can use podcasting to share their learning with a broader audience. The caveat? Your school has to have the technology ready to go (or the budget to buy it or have the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 class kit booked). Other than that, I'm one email away. I might even bring chocolate.
My name is Sarah Gamboa and I am a Resource and Learning Assistance teacher at Vedder Middle School. I am passionate about technology because it has the power to be a great equalizer for many of our students in the classroom. That is why I have focused much of my energy into learning and understanding technological tools that can support learners in the classroom through adaptations and adaptive tools; and for teachers by helping us to organize and disseminate information about our students and our classrooms through the use of district tools such as Office 365. I am happy to come and help you incorporate technology for individual students, your class, or yourself and or provide ideas of how you can make technology a regular part of your classroom routine.