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.
I am fortunate to work in a district that has fully embraced digital learning and has developed an extensive professional learning portal. This portal offers professional development courses on a variety of topics and they all offer clock hours. I have had opportunities to support educators in using the portal and have completed some of the courses myself.
Through my role as a technology mentor I have encouraged teachers to blend learning between analogue and digital. I believe that, while technology can redefine learning it is not a replacement for many tried-and-true learning activities. Learners of all ages need to learn to learn citizenship, digital and otherwise.
In addition to my work with colleagues, I have worked to change how I see blended and flipped learning by creating several lessons via screencast. My preferred tool is Screencast-O-Matic which is very easy to use! I have enjoyed that, by having students view an instructional video rather than listen to me lecture, I am able to spend more time helping them individually. Below is one of the instructional videos I made for students to use when adding content to their online website portfolios.
As suggested by my DEL program professor, my next steps in regards to creating instructional videos are to add closed captioning and increase the screen size to help accommodate all learners. I reflect on my experiences making such videos in my commentary for indicator 3 d-f.