Hey there, Grace! I heard you were becoming an educational tech coach. What does that even mean? Is that like coaching a basketball team?
That's a great question, Cate! Well I, basically, have a bunch of responsibilities. Let me tell you more. Have a seat.
As a coach, I have to follow 7 important standards. I need to be a change agent, a connected learner, a collaborator, a learning designer, a professional learning facilitator, a data-driven decision maker, and a digital citizen advocate.
Oh my! That's a lot! I like the agent one. Tell me more. Is that like an FBI agent?
You're so funny! No. It's not like an FBI agent. Being a change agent means you inspire educators and leaders to use technology to create high-quality learning that meets the needs of all learners.
Well that makes more sense now. This is very interesting. Can you tell me about the other coaching responsibilities?
Yes, of course! As a connected learner, I'll have to pursue professional development and serve as a model to my peers. As a collaborator, I have to work with other educators to help them improve their instructional strategies through the effective use of technology.
That's pretty awesome. I'm considering becoming a tech coach myself. Tell me more!
Sure! I think you would make a great tech coach! As a coach, you'll have to be a learning designer, which means designing digital learning experiences that accommodate various types of learners. Also, you'll need to be a learning facilitator. This means that you'll have to plan, provide, and evaluate your coworkers' use of technology and provide valuable feedback. Not only that. You'll need to make data-driven decisions. This means you'll have to model and support fellow educators in the collection and use of qualitative and quantitative data.
And finally, you'll need to be a digital citizen advocate. As an advocate for digital citizenship, you'll have to educate and empower your students and colleagues to make informed decisions and respect others during online interactions.
Wow! That is a lot! Thank you for teaching me about this topic. I cannot wait to become an educational tech coach!