ICT Coaching for Teachers

Standout Education offers customised coaching programs to support teachers in their use of ICT and help to embed ICT knowledge and skills in their day-to-day practice.

What is coaching?

As opposed to a one-off professional development activity, coaching is a structured, sustained process for enabling the development of a specific aspect of a teacher’s practice.

“Whilst it takes many different forms, coaching is principally a joint enterprise in which one person supports another to develop their understanding and practice in an area defined by their own needs and interests. Coaching often involves integrating new or alternative approaches into the professional’s existing repertoire of skills and strategies.”
Creasy, J & Paterson, F 2005, Leading Coaching in Schools, Leading Practice Seminar Series, National College for School Leadership

An ICT coaching program from Standout Education would allow:

  • teachers to experience and develop understanding of an integration of ICT in the curriculum
  • teachers to gain multiple opportunities to learn and apply new ICT skills
  • teachers to have opportunities to process new learning for themselves and with others

What is Standout Education’s approach to ICT coaching?

I use the AITSL Coaching and Mentoring resources (from the AITSL Teacher Toolkit) to assist with planning, delivery and evaluation of coaching sessions. To support classroom practice I use the 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) framework which helps teachers redesign their existing lessons and learning activities to build students’ 21st century skills. For ICT coaching we particularly focus on opportunities to develop ICT for learning within the Australian Curriculum:

  • Do learners have opportunities to use ICT?
  • Do learners use ICT to construct knowledge and add value to learning?
  • Do learners use ICT to design and create new ideas, products and solutions for authentic audiences and users?
  • Does learner use of ICT demonstrate ethics, application of social-ethical protocols, and additional 21st Century Capabilities?

I use the 21CLD rubrics as a starting point for planning, delivering and evaluating classroom activities. The ICT coaching program would include a mix of planning, instruction, team-teaching, observation and reflection.

We will also explore how a range of modern technologies can be applied in the classroom to support the ICT General Capability and the AITSL professional standards for teachers.

Planning

Before beginning a coaching program we will have an initial meeting to discuss the coaching relationship and process. The important thing here is to match the approach with teacher needs. We will jointly develop:

  • SMART goals for the program
  • A coaching contract
  • An action plan

Delivery

Training will be provided on the best use of ICT hardware (student and teacher devices, screens, peripherals, etc.) and ICT software (including websites, apps and programs).
Coaching activities will be organised on a regular basis (as per the plan), examples may include:

  • Collaborative planning – incorporating ICT activities, apps, websites, etc. into sequences of work and lesson plans
  • Evaluation of lessons and activities
  • Team-teaching
  • Delivering model lessons/activities
  • Lesson observation
  • Bringing classes together into larger groups for appropriate activities
  • Training on specific technologies
  • Remote support (e.g. phone, email, Skype) for specific ICT support

A suggested approach is to spend time with teachers and/or classes on a set day each week during the coaching period.

Why Standout Education?

We only work with schools and know each school is different. We listen to what you want to achieve and support you each step of the way by helping you to plan and implement a solution that meets your school’s requirements.
We have over four years’ experience in supporting Western Australian schools with their use of technology to enable effective and engaging learning to take place. Use our expertise to get up and running quickly and discover new ways to enhance learning and teaching, improve communication and cut costs.