When I became a Digital Literacy Coach, I wasn’t sure what the role would look like at my school. We have iPads, COWs, and a computer lab, along with other technology, like projectors in each classroom, and a couple of SMARTBoards. There is a high interest in using these devices to engage learners at my school. Through my work with my colleagues, I’ve discovered that there are two main things that I can do as a Digital Literacy Coach.
The second and most crucial thing that I do in my role as DL Coach is to support colleagues with technology. All the teachers at my school are open to using new technology. Things are easier when there is another teacher in the room to support and troubleshoot. I have two colleagues who wanted to start using Google Apps for Education with their classes, and logging in to Google can be an arduous task for 24 to 30 kids and one teacher. Guiding the students through the steps to log in together helped the teacher and the students to start this process so they can use Google Apps for Education to create documents, websites, and other objects to express their learning.
I’m looking forward to teaching with my colleagues and helping to better support the development of digital learning and literacy at my school.