I have been an educator for 27 years. I have taught 1st grade, 4th grade and computers. My current job title is Instructional Coach. I travel to eight buildings to coach teachers on integrating technology and other proven strategies in the classroom. I work in a kindergarten through 8th grade 1:1 Apple Distinguished Program with iPads.
I believe that devices in the classroom allow us to truly differentiate the curriculum, and meet students where they are academically. I believe in using TPACK and the SAMR model to integrate technology in the classroom. Students should be using the devices to show us their thinking and demonstrate their understanding. I use cognitive coaching to help support teachers as they plan and deliver their lessons. I remind them that the use of technology should help them to better meet their objective(s) for each lesson.
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