EDIT 695 Showcase

ISTE Standards for Coaches

Standard 1: Visionary Leadership

As a library media specialist, I collaborated with other district librarians to create a technology proposal and created a new layout for my library media center. The proposal included technology necessary to create environments that support student centered learning and independent thinking. The proposal was submitted to the district's head of Office Management and Information Systems and superintendent after meeting with them. The proposal includes improvements to current technology and new technology trends. The proposal was aligned to the CCSS to show that it is aligned to content. The new layout for the library media center accommodated a new class set of computers and moved the focus of the library media center from the shelves to technology.

Standard 2: Teaching, learning, and assessments

Phrase.it (link to screencast) is a website that allows student to create a comic strip. Students enjoy Phrase.it because they feel as if they are in control of what they create. This video models how easy it is to create a comic strip and shows it's different features which students can use to make a unique product. Based on students' abilities, creativity, and preferences, students are able to create based on what they can do. Students more experienced with finding images, uploading them, and typing might be able to create a more indepth comic than someone who might struggle with such a task.


In the library, I used Phrase.it with students in a 6th grade special education class to create comics about plagarism. Some students chose to create serious, straightforward comics about plagiarism, while some students tried their best to come up with silly or witty sayings to teach about plagiarism. Their personalities came through their comics and each one was unique. When their teacher came to pick them up, students were excited to share what they created and the teacher decided to use Phrase.it for students to create comics on other topics to convey main ideas and lessons in stories.

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Standard 3: Digital age learning environments

Within this lesson on evaluating websites, in this case "Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus," under the differentiated instruction heading of the lesson, the website Natural Reader is introduced to help students with visual impairments, ELLs, and anyone else who may find it beneficial. Natural Reader is a text to speech software that has both free and paid versions. This assistive technology is easy for students to use and reads the text to students. Students can change the voice and speed of the reader to further help with understanding text.

Standard 4: Professional development and program evaluation

The Mathematics Resources Workshop Evaluation surveys teachers based on their satisfaction of the workshop. It is used to inform instruction specifically geared towards teachers to improve student learning outcomes. It assesses teacher learning and their comfort with the new information introduced. It also asks for suggestions for future workshops so that teachers are able to submit their feedback and share areas where they feel they need help in. This information is helpful in planning future professional development.
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Standard 5: Digital Citizenship

This media bias podcast models for teachers how technology can be used to enhance student learning. The podcast is an example of how information can be relayed in different ways, not only through lecture. Students can listen to the podcast at any time as long as they have internet access. This particular podcast is about media bias. Students are made aware of how they need to look for objective information when conducting research. It tells how digital citizens analyze information and determine the validity of information and its source in order to use it responsibly.
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Standard 6: Content knowledge and professional growth

This Professional Development Plan outlines how I will continue to develop professionally. It includes learning from organizations such as ISTE, participation in district offered workshops, and learning from my mentors and sharing knowledge with them as well. This plan shows how I plan to grow as a leader in technology education by learning new skills and knowledge.