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Ed Tech Coaches Playground: Be a Lifesaver

[Explore and create : Playground]

Tuesday, June 28, 9:30 am–1:00 pm
CCC Lobby D

favoritesKevin Bower  favoritesGregory Gilmore  favoritesMelissa Henning  favoritesDr. Ruth Okoye  favoritesVivian Poutakoglou  favoritesKatie Siemer  favoritesKaren Streeter  
Coaches can be a lifesaver for teachers using technology. The ed tech coaching “lifesavers” will make sure you get the support you need! New and veteran coaches can visit two demo areas and six sensational stations to learn, collaborate and share successful strategies and resources.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practice and models for coaching
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Coaches : Content knowledge and professional growth
Coaches : Digital age learning environments
Coaches : Professional development and program evaluation

Digital tote resources
Description: Ed Tech Coaches ISTE Activities Program

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for those who serve as Ed Tech Coaches to receive professional development on coaching strategies. As the role of a coach changes from school district to school district, many different models for the position exist. Additionally, the amount of support available for those in this role varies greatly. Typically the one to give PD, the coach rarely has a chance to learn strategies for best practice in their position. Many coaches have come to this session in the past with a desire to better help their teachers, and have come away with strategies to do just that. Our objectives in this session are threefold:
Provide an opportunity for coaches to learn more about the act of coaching
Share new and innovative uses of technology
Create a solution set for various coaching scenarios which coaches will be able to apply to their own settings


This playground will be setup poster session style with 8 concurrent sessions that will rotate each hour for each of the three hours allotted.

Supporting research

Orlando, J. (2014). Teachers’ changing practices with information and communication technologies: an up-close, longitudinal analysis. Research In Learning Technology, 22. doi:
Aguilar, Elena, Davina Goldwasser, and Kristina Tank-Crestetto. "Support Principals, Transform Schools." Educational Leadership 69.2 (2011): 70-73.
Knight, J. (2009). Coaching: Approaches and perspectives. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press.
Sheninger, E. (n.d.). Digital leadership: Changing paradigms for changing times.
Aguilar, Elena (2013). The art of coaching: effective strategies for school transformation. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.



favorites Kevin Bower, The Source for Learning

favorites Gregory Gilmore, Fort Osage R-1

Gregory Gilmore currently serves as the Instructional Technology Coach for Osage Trail Middle School in the Fort Osage R-1 School District. His previous teaching assignments include elementary library and music in grades 5-12. He has presented at the MOREnet, MCDA, METC, and Iowa 1:1 conferences, and the 2015 ISTE Conference as part of the EdTech Coaches Playground. Mr. Gilmore joined the ISTE EdTech Coaches PLN Leadership team in June 2015 and manages the PLN Twitter Account. He holds degrees in music education and performance from UCM and Mizzou, and an Ed.S. in Educational Technology from Mizzou.

favorites Melissa Henning, The Source for Learning

favorites Dr. Ruth Okoye, The Source for Learning

favorites Vivian Poutakoglou, Adat Day School

favorites Katie Siemer, Forward Edge

favorites Karen Streeter, Cogent TLC, LLC