This fall, we’re realigning our courses to the new ISTE Standards to equip today’s educator with the knowledge and skills to impact student learning.
“The ISTE Standards for Educators are your road map to helping students become empowered learners. These standards will deepen your practice, promote collaboration with peers, challenge you to rethink traditional approaches and prepare students to drive their own learning.” (source)
The ISTE Standards for Education Leaders support the implementation of the ISTE Standards for Students and the ISTE Standards for Educators and provide a framework for guiding digital age learning. These standards target the knowledge and behaviors required for leaders to empower teachers and make student learning possible. They’re focused on some of the most timely, yet enduring, topics in education today – equity, digital citizenship, visioneering, team and systems building, continuous improvement and professional growth. (source)
Want more details?
- Listen to episodes 66 and 68 of the Shifting Our Schools podcast (see below for synopses and links)!
- Read about our partnership, why you might want to choose this learning journey, and what you will learn along the way.
The first ISTE Standard in our series is Learner:
ISTE Standards for Educators // Learner
Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. Educators:
Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Eduro Learning embraces a community approach to learning. We believe that our community is essential to COETAIL’s identity so we are letting their voices speak for the program. Below, COETAILers share how they grew as Learners during their journey.
I realized through COETAIL that knowledge can be constructed through a shared communally developed understanding. The COETAIL experience is not a professional learning opportunity that ends when the courses are complete. In reality, the strength of COETAIL is that the courses are the primer and the time afterward is the main event. Being pushed as an adult learner is important to me, and although the COETAIL program afforded me opportunities in which I was able to learn and employ that learning in my classroom the next day, it is so much more – what I would call a “long learn.”
The community approach to learning allowed me to realize the importance of collaborating with others as well as creating and sustaining authentic global connections with like-minded educator around the world.
There are many examples of improved practice(s) and learning from/with other COETAILers but I’d highlight the complete remodel of my class that discussed on Extreme Makeover: Classroom Edition, my final project on Blended Learning as well as the work I’ve done with another Cohort member on digital storytelling with Traveling Tales.
I can not tell how much I learned from my PLN. I have learned from reading others’ blogs, following their Twitter feeds, or asking questions about projects they share. I’ve learned that COETAIL was just the spark I needed to take some big risks.
I have learned and integrated new software into some areas. I have managed to integrate Scratch programming in Year 2, 3 and 4-year levels’ curriculum and connect it to the content areas such as Directions (Year 2 Maths), Bee-Bots (Year 3 Maths), Electrons and Conductor (Year 4 Science). I have integrated MinecraftEdu into Year 2 Math curriculum (students collaborated in creating bar charts based on the survey they took in class), Year 3 Topic curriculum (students worked to research and create Ancient Egyptian civilization), Year 4 Science (students worked in groups to research and create Animals Habitats). The technology tools that I have integrated raised students’ motivation, engaged them more in the activities which resulted in enhancing their learning. Also, these tools fostered deeper learning through different integrated approaches.
What does being a Learner mean to you? How do you demonstrate this standard? Why and how would you like to grow as a Learner?
Let us know via Twitter or Instagram using #COETAIL (feel free to get creative!) or comment below!
We’ll choose 1 person a month to receive FREE blog hosting on coetail.com for 3 years!
This partnership allows us to bring you a customizable learning journey through stackable certificates. No matter where you’re starting from or where you’d like to go, we have an option for you! You’ll begin with 2 simultaneous certificates – COETAIL & School Technology Leadership. Then, you’ll have the option to continue to stack other certificates (think Instructional Coaching, Deeper Learning, Google Certified Trainer, and more) to create your own unique mosaic to reach your professional goals!
The next COETAIL cohort and our first joint cohort with the University of Kentucky begins in January 2019. Are you ready to be part of something bigger and become a COETAILer? Stay up to date about our next cohorts by signing up for our mailing list!
SHIFTING OUR SCHOOLS PODCAST
In Episode 68 of the Shifting our Schools podcast, Jeff & I connected with John Nash (Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky) to discuss how universities are changing to meet the needs of educators.
We spent some time talking about the changes happening at the university level and dove deeper into our new partnership with our stackable certificates that can lead to a Master’s Degree or even Ph.D. Listen here!
We talked about why I’m so excited and how this partnership is bringing together the research-based practices of a University with the practical application of COETAIL to create an amazing stackable certificate program. Listen here!