Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers, and the larger community.
I absolutely love that digital communication and collaboration tools break down the walls between educators, students, teachers, parents, community members, and beyond. In my reflection on coaching standard #5 for indicator 5 c. explored the global collaborative project I had the opportunity of creating and facilitating. Additionally, in my reflection for indicator 5 a. I looked at how digital tools can help promote student engagement and collaboration.
In addition to these examples, one of the most noteworthy ways I have used digital communication and collaboration is through my English 9 and Academic Skills Development course websites, created using the new Google Sites. In the past I have also used Moodle and Hapara as course websites. These sites allow students and guardians to access all course materials, a class calendar, and other useful resources and information anytime and anywhere. In addition to communicating course information through these websites, I also frequently communicate with students and families through Skyward messaging.
I have also had the chance to become familiar with video conferencing through my DEL master’s program. While we occasionally meet in person, our weekly meetings occur using Google Hangouts on Air. This allows multiple people to video conference together and provides the option of recording the hangout so it can be viewed later by others. I am excited to see how video conferencing can help increase participation in professional development opportunities or serve as an option for parents and guardians who cannot make it to conferences.