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Educational Technology Facilitation: a guide for k-12 integration Kindle Edition

Author: Mark Page-Botelho Posted: 2016-06-13

Recently I finished a self-published book titled Educational Technology Facilitation: a guide for k-12 integration Kindle Edition on my experience regarding technology integration.. It is designed to be a reference for those interested in directing technology in a K-12 school environment. Hopefully it will be a helpful for those looking for a little guidance.

This guide book is designed to help those tasked with integration of technology in k-12 schools. Technology is rapidly evolving and is very diverse in the considerations need to run a successful program. This guide will help those of all abilities to run a program while making sure that all possible facilitation considerations are though of. This book is not designed to read from beginning to end but rather as a reference.




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ISTE NETS for Technology Coaches (NETS-C)

Author: Mark Page Posted: 2013-03-18

1. Visionary Leadership
 
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.

  1. Contribute to the development, communication, and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital-age education for all students
  2. Contribute to the planning, development, communication, implementation, and evaluation of technology-infused strategic plans at the district and school levels
  3. Advocate for policies, procedures, programs, and funding strategies to support implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines
  4. Implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and manage the change process in schools and classrooms
2. Teaching, Learning, & 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.
  1. Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards
  2. Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learnign experiences using a variety or research-based learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
  3. Coach teachers in and model engagement of students in local and global interdisciplinary units in which technology helps students assume professional roles, research real-world problems, collaborate with others, and produce products that are meaningful and useful to a wide audience
  4. Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (e.g., critical thinking, metacognition, and self-regulation)
  5. Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product, and learning environment based upon student readiness levels, learning styles, interests, and personal goals
  6. Coach teachers in and model incorporation of research-based best practices in instructional design when planning technology-enhanced learning experiences
  7. Coach teachers in and model effective use of technology tools and resources to continuously assess student learning and technology literacy by applying a rich variety of formative and summative assessments aligned with content and student technology standards
  8. Coach teachers in and model effective use of technology tools and resources to systematically collect and analyze student achievement data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning
3. Digital Age Learning Environments Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students.
  1. Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments
  2. Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments
  3. Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators
  4. Select, evaluate, and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning
  5. Troubleshoot basic software, hardware, and connectivity problems common in digital learning environments
  6. Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure
  7. Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers, and the larger community
4. 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.
  1. Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning
  2. Design, develope, and implement technology rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.
  3. Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning
5. Digital Citizenship Technology coaches model and promote digital citizenship.
  1. Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers
  2. Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technologies
  3. Model and promote diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents, and the larger community
6. Content knowledge & 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.
  1. Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the Standards???S and Standards???T
  2. Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management, and adult learning to improve professional practice
  3. Regularly evaluate and reflect on their professional practice and dispositions to improve and strengthen their ability to effectively model and facilitate technology enhanced learning experiences.
Reference: ISTE Nets-C, http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-C_PDF.pdf



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Transforming Classroom Practice: Professional Development Strategies in Educational Technology

Author: OneEyeGoat Posted: 2013-01-31

Hands down on e of the most key reference books needed by all technology integrationist/coordinator/directors. It is jammed packed with ideas that will transform your practice of professional development program. It is best practice and case-based research backed, and ISTE aligned.

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Lumia 920 Week One Impressions

Author: Mark Posted: 2013-01-07

Now that I've used the Lumia 920 for about a week, there are a few apparent issues that have sprung up. Before I get started it is important to remember that Windows 8 phones have been out for very long compared to the iPhone of Google's Android phones.  
The hardest aspect to deal with is the lack of available apps that I am used to using. Kindle, Goggles, and the Chrome browsers are the top three that I wished shipped at release. Can I get along without these apps? Sure I can manage but I'm bummed.  
As for the hardware itself there are a few minor findings. The weight of the devices is heavy, but usable. The battery doesn't last as long as I'd like, but I'm also a heavy app user. I wish the task manager had a close app button instead of having to hit the back button to close apps one at a time. Finally, the app store shows apps for all Windows phones including those that don't work with the Lumia. It's always a let down when you think you found the killer app only to have it not work on your phone. 
Are these issues deal breakers? No, as the user interface and integration of social media is superb and negates any negative in my opinion. 





Windows 8 Phone

Author: Mark Page Posted: 2013-01-05

Recently i picked up a replacement for my aging LG SmartPhone, which I didn't consider very smart for today's day and age. I had a hard choice between an Andoid phone, and a Windows phone. Those were my two choices as Android is an amazing well rounded OS for all devices and I love my Nexus 7. I didn't even consider an iPhone as they are lagging way behind in terms of social media integration and user interface experience. Windows was the next and final choice as their OS is integrated the best with social media and their UI is amazing.

I've only had it for a few days, but all is well with a few cons that I hope will be worked out soon seeing how the OS is less than a month old. Check back for updates.





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