I am one of nineteen Digital Learning Coaches in Frisco ISD and am responsible for two elementary schools along with district training and curriculum development. Prior to working in the technology field, I was a classroom teacher for 10 years and worked as a Reading Recovery/ARI teacher for 4 years. This year marks my 15th year in the field of instructional technology.
As a Digital Learning Coach, I assist teachers in using technology effectively for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students. Additionally, I conduct needs assessments, develop technology-related professional learning programs, and evaluate the impact on instructional practice and student learning.
Responsibilities and Duties of a Digital Learning Coach
- Help develop a vision for technology and long-range planning.
- Actively participate in campus or district committees supporting digital initiatives.
- Design, implement, and support learning opportunities for teachers intended to build capacity and expertise in the use of instructional technology to support all learners.
- Present/share at technology conferences such as TCEA and Edcamp.
- Promote Digital Learning Essentials infusing the five C’s (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Citizenship) into the FISD Big 3: Is each student learning what he or she is supposed to learn? Is each student learning what he or she is supposed to learn at the appropriate level? What is the level of each student’s engagement?
- Create, implement, and support curriculum promoting technology integration.
- Assist in the design, development, and analysis of technology-based curriculum resources.
- Plan, design, and model effective digital-age learning environments.
- Actively participate in K-5 collaborative planning/PLC meetings.
- Support teachers and students across grade levels K-5 in all content areas in the effective integration of technology in the classroom with the goal of reaching modification and redefinition in the SAMR model.
- Support teachers in their classrooms to promote the use of technology to support and enhance the curriculum, to accelerate instruction, and utilize assessments to make data-informed decisions.
- Coordinate campus projects, professional learning and programs throughout the year.
- Work with district C&I coordinators to help write curriculum and develop professional learning utilizing technology.
- Support and monitor the Technology Specialist with Helpdesk, inventory, hardware and software as needed.
- Redefine learning by development and implementation of instructional technology integration models by inspiring classroom teachers, library media specialist, and instructional partners.
- Assist in the development and implementation of the District Improvement Plan and strategies contained therein, particularly those relating to digital learning.
- Share best practices in the use of instructional technology and promote the 5C’s (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Citizenship).
- Consistently promote and model best digital learning practices in the classroom.
- Connect with educators and professionals to improve collaboration within the school, district, and globally.
- Foster digital citizenship education with the goal of developing a positive digital lifestyle for all students and staff.
- Maintain campus websites, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
- Help maintain the Instructional Technology website. Elementary Technology Website
- Contribute to the district technology newsletter which is published in October, January and April each year.