Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Digital Learning Coach

Schools in the Clark County School District are transitioning to a new technology support model. The transition began during the 2013-2014 school year and continues with a new set of schools added to the model for this year. What is this new technology support model? And, more importantly, what is the role of the Digital Learning Coach?

The model is broken down into 3 distinct roles.

School Based Technology Team

The Site Based Technology Team is made up of teachers at the school. The tech team at each school helps their peers by providing the immediate assistance for questions and problems related to technology. They develop the site technology plan and assist with staff development. They can identify technology needs that can be better addressed by the Site Based Technicians or Digital Learning Coaches. Some funding is available through the district to compensate the tech team members for after school work.

Site Based Technician (SBT)

The SBTs are responsible for maintaining the hardware and software. If something is broken or otherwise does not work, the SBT is the first point of contact. If they cannot fix it then they can call in work orders for district level technicians.

Digital Learning Coach (DLC)

While SBTs are the "fix it" people, the DLCs are the "how do I use it" people. DLCs provide specialized instructional support for teachers in the integration of technology into the classroom. This support includes assisting teachers in using technology tools and resources to support instruction based on the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS) and appropriate course syllabi; working collaboratively with classroom teachers, instructional specialists, and instructional coaches to implement blended learning opportunities for students; and modeling best practices for using instructional technology to support student learning.

As a DLC I can meet a teacher at whatever technology skill level you feel comfortable with. Some teachers might want to learn how to create folders on the computer or manage their email. Perhaps you would like to use PowerPoint more with your class or want to become more proficient with your SMART or Promethean board. I can even help with more complex technology needs such as flipping your classroom, making global connections, or becoming a paperless classroom.

It may be hard to think about what I can do for you as a DLC. When you go to a restaurant you start out small (the appetizers) and build yourself up to the good stuff (the desserts). I've developed a restaurant style menu with some ideas to get you started. You can download the PDF version as well.


Try one of these small digital appetizers and get a taste of what the digital world has to offer.
  • Troubleshooting 101
  • Beginning Interactive Whiteboards
  • iPad/iPod Touch
  • Using the Cloud
  • Mac/Windows
  • Beginning Digital Organization
  • Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers)
  • Google Docs
  • Specific apps (iMovie, Garageband, etc.)


Fill up on these digital practices to engage your students in their learning.
  • Student/teacher blogging
  • Advanced Interactive Whiteboards
  • Edmodo
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Advanced Digital Organization
  • Skype
  • Learning Management Systems (Canvas, Compass, etc.)
  • Podcasting
  • Video Making
  • Digital Publishing
  • Global Collaborations
  • Skype/Google Hangouts


Transform your classroom, indulge your 21st century cravings, and satisfy your student’s desire for learning.
  • Flipping the Classroom 
  • Paperless Classroom
  • Augmented Reality
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • Digital Portfolios
  • Blended Learning

These are just some simple ideas of what I can do as a Digital Learning Coach. There is no tech idea too big or too small! Share other ideas or suggestions you might have in the comments below.

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