Guiding Reluctant Teachers through the Shallow End of the Technology Pool

Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 36

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Poster]

Wednesday, June 28, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 36

Melissa Henning  
As the waters of technology get deeper, some of your more reluctant teachers may need a lifesaver. That lifesaver is YOU, the ed tech coach. Come to our waters to learn about some fabulous FREE (easy to use) tech tools. We will share at least 10 resources for reluctant educators.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practice and models for coaching
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Coaches : Teaching, learning and assessments
Coaches : Visionary leadership

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: As the waters of technology get deeper, some of your teachers may feel like they need a lifesaver. That lifesaver is YOU - the ed tech coach. Learn about some fabulous (and free) easy to use tools to share with your most reluctant teachers. Not only will you learn about some fabulous FREE (easy to use) tech tools, but you will also learn ways to use them TOMORROW with the teachers and classrooms in your school. Throughout this poster we will explore at least 10 resources together. Many of the tools will be interactive to engage your students. Resources will be shared for all grades K-12. Most of the tools shared will work on any device in your BYOT classroom. Talk to the "tech lifeguard" to get ideas on how to use these tools in any classroom. Collaborate together with other coaches to add additional tools or ideas. Tools may include resources to differentiate, gamify, organize, collaborate, write a blog, edit images, and add audio. Get ready to take your most reluctant swimmers through the “shallow end” of educational technology…. Lifejacket is optional.

Coaches will discover and collaborate about 10 easy tools to share with reluctant teachers.

Coaches will have the opportunity to collaborate and discuss ways to engage the most reluctant teachers to use technology.


Outline: Introductions (5 minutes) - Meet the presenter and share your own stories of working with reluctant ed tech teachers.

Quick share of 10 resources (20 minutes) - Resources may include tools such as: Clash, Throwww, Strike, Spruce, ShortText, Online Voice Recorder, Jellybean Scoop, and more. All resources will be explained and briefly demonstrated. Classroom ideas will be shared for all tools. Coaches will be encouraged to also share ideas about how to use the tools to encourage the reluctant ed tech teachers. We will discuss how "deep" each tool is in our virtual ed tech pool. All resources will be available on a resources page.

Q/A (5 minutes)

Supporting research

Herold, Benjamin. "Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach." Education Week. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.

Stanbury, Meris. "10 Ways to Change the Minds of Tech-reluctant Staff." ESchool News. N.p., 2011. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.

Work, Josh. "5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology." Edutopia. N.p., 2014. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.



Melissa Henning, The Source for Learning

Melissa Henning is the Educational Content Manager for Source For Learning. Melissa has over 18 years of experience as an elementary teacher, gifted education specialist, conference presenter, content manager, and online technology coach. Melissa is on the leadership for the ISTE Ed Tech Coaches Professional Learning Network. She has presented at ISTE, FETC, PETE & C, Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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