Learning and Tech Tips from Ange
As the MS Teaching and Learning (T&L) Coach at Graded I’m responsible for adding a few T&L snippets to the weekly highlights. The highlights hit teacher inboxes on Sunday evening and outline the events of the upcoming week. I can pretty much do what I like with my section of the highlights as long as it falls under the heading of “Learning and Tech Tips from Ange”. In my first few weeks of the job I pretty much scrambled and linked to things that had probably already been shared and I spent a lot of time introducing myself and reminding teachers that I was finally in the MS and ready to get to work! As I settled into the role I started to pay closer attention to this little publication that I had access to each week. I spoke to teachers I realised that they truly read every detail of the highlights and that my scrambling was obvious and not so helpful. So I made some changes and set myself some time each week to do the following:
- Search for quality readings/websites/blogs to share with the community (Added some more purpose to my growing Twitter addiction and pushed me outside of the COETAIL and Mathchat hashtags)
- Find an example of teaching and learning in the MS to share (Forced me into classrooms with a camera in hand)
- To create something (Focus on design and iMovie time!)
Here are some episodes from my beginning Tech in A Minute series. They are intentionally cheesy I promise!
This process each week is clearly linked to everything that I have learned so far in this CoETaIL course. The community involvement, the teacher collaboration and amplification of student work and the effort of creating videos/infographics/screencasts/etc to share out really have started to feel like essential parts of who I am as a CoETaIL student and learner. In the recent CoETaIL Cast #23 there was talk about the path after course 5 (and I believe it will be discussed in detail in the next #coetailchat on Twitter) and I realised that as I finish up my course 5 project I can already see how some of what I see as the core components of this course (collaboration, community, purposeful technology) have truly embedded themselves into my weekly routines.
Now… a little less time with Tech in a Minute and a little more time with course 5….