Mastering Ed Tech

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Session Description

Unlock the secrets to edtech mastery as we delve into the essential components that can transform you into an expert. Our journey centers around three crucial elements:

Leave this session not only equipped with a wealth of resources but also with a concrete roadmap for success.

“I’m trying to learn about ed tech but don’t know where to start. Are there any great books, articles, or people I should check out?” 


I. Four Corners Activity

II. Three Key Areas

III. 3-2-1 AI Prompt Engineering

IV. Exploring Resources

V. Reflection

I. Four Corners

Goal: To explore and reflect on your perspectives regarding educational technology in schools. (Get a copy of slides)

II. Three Key Areas for Exploration

A. Evidence-Based Strategies

Is it possible to derive a high yield lesson design formula for student engagement? If so, it might look like this:

(BBL+ TCM&SEL + HESIS + EdTech) * Coaching –> Accelerated Student Growth for All Learners

Here are the components:

You can access more information using links.

Ready to dig-in and build some background knowledge? Or maybe, you need to achieve escape velocity? 

Consider using the Notes Organizer (get a copy via Canva or Google Slides) to quickly read and remember information you will need for the future.

Learn what organizations to join, books to read, and more.

B. Instructional Coaching

Without coaching, you are wasting your time. No one cares how cool a digital tool is if it can’t impact learner achievement and if they don’t know how and when to implement it. That’s where coaching comes in and sets up a structure for assisting others in supporting student learning. To coach effectively, you need to ensure you and your coachee have knowledge of:

There are lots of coaching approaches. I’m partial to Diane Sweeney’s work. You can also find an overview of coaching approaches in the TCEA blog.

Let's put all the piece together in this jigsaw activity. You'll get a chance to see how coaching, edtech, research-based instructional strategies, and more fit together. Having a solid foundation in this area can ensure you are ready to master the edtech elements on your way to becoming an EdTech Pro.

C. Digital Tools

When you think about digital tools, you may first ask, “Where do I start? There are so many!” The truth is, you need a place you can go that allows you to mix-n-match. You are matching digital tools with the instructional strategy that will best support them.

For example, K-3 teachers use strategies for teaching vocabulary, but what digital tools do you use with those? In this article, Vocabulary Acquisition: Three Tools for You, we offer a variety of ways digital tools and strategies go together. Another option is EduProtocols. These templates and resources offer ways to connect tried-n-true strategies to digital tools.

III. AI Prompt-Engineering for EdTech

IV. Exploring Resources

V. Reflection

Use this 3-2-1 tool to capture 3 things you've learned, 2 questions you have, and 1 act you plan to take as a result. 

Not familiar with 3-2-1 approach? You might enjoy this piece by Teach Thought.