As the Technology Integration Specialist, I promote the use of technology into the curriculum and help maximize student access through Assistive Technology. As a teacher, I help and advocate the mission of Stonington Public Schools, "Improving Teaching to Increase Learning". I consider it a great honor to work and live in the Stonington community; where I strive to create better learning environment for all students.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for Technology Coaches are the guiding principles for my position.
Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.
Teaching, Learning, and Assessments
Technology Coaches assist teachers in using technology effectively for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students.
Digital Age Learning Environments
Technology coaches create and support effective digital-age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students.
Professional Development & Program Evaluation
Technology coaches conduct needs assessments, develop technology-related professional learning programs, and evaluate the impact on instructional practice and student learning.
Technology coaches model and promotes digital citizenship.
Content Knowledge and Professional growth
Technology coaches demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in content, pedagogical, and technological areas as well as adult learning and leadership and are continuously deepening their knowledge and expertise.
"Technology is at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work, and we must leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences and content, as well as resources and assessments that measure student achievement in more complete, authentic, and meaningful ways. Technology-based learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels."
(National Education Technology Plan, 2010).