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Continuing to Seed Innovation with an EdTech Library during Distance & Hybrid Learning

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, November 30, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Emily Thomas  
Discover how one school district developed an educational technology lending library designed to encourage risk-taking, lower access barriers and help teachers discover innovative ways to use technology. Then continued to find new ways to get students using and doing hands-on learning during times of distance/hybrid learning.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning.
  • Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective


In 2017-18, Northeast Metro 916 developed and piloted an educational technology lending library designed to encourage risk-taking, lower barriers to access, and help teachers discover innovative ways to use technology for learning in special education classrooms.

Session participants will learn valuable context about the unique challenges and opportunities of integrating technology in Northeast Metro 916’s special education settings. Learn how our library was developed; how it’s organized, managed, and maintained; and how we support teachers with training, professional development, and coaching. Explore a collection of innovative teacher projects inspired by the educational technology library, learn our approach to documenting and measuring impact, and reflect on lessons learned and next steps.


Poster presentation materials will be shared via our 916 Educational Technology Library website. Audience members will also receive a handout with a website link and key takeaways. Resources and materials available on the website will include descriptions of library items, videos of library items and classroom uses (teacher reflections, student reflections, and lesson examples), examples of model classroom projects inspired by library items, coaching templates, tip sheets, and other teacher training and professional development materials, and artifacts used to document library impact.

Our poster presentation will address the following key elements:

What is (and what's in) the 916 Educational Technology Library?
-AR/VR: Google Expeditions
-Coding robots: Dash & Dot, BeeBots, Sphero, Code-a-pillar
-Making, building, and programming: LittleBits, MakeyMakey
-Webcams & tripods

Purpose of library
-Access to low incidence technology
-Pilot/eval for possible program purchase
-Support for model classrooms
-Viral spread of innovation across programs
-Inspiration/starting point for technology integration coaching

How did we build the library?

Logistics: How does it work?
-Google calendar
-Delivering items to sites

Examples: teacher projects and use cases
-Coding with Beebots (Nikki’s classroom)
-Coding with Dash & Dot (Casey’s classroom)
-VR (Quora & Pankalo classrooms)
-BreakoutEDU (ALC classrooms)
-AR (Elise's Classroom)

-Planning & tech support
-Gateway to model classroom or other coaching
-Lessons & other instructional ideas
-Examples from other teachers

Measuring & documenting impact
-Videos of model classroom projects
-Quotes, testimonials, etc. from teachers & students

What we learned and what’s next


Introduction and welcome
What if we started with the tool?
Teacher successes
Library model
Library model during distance and hybrid learning
Items in the library and how we acquired them

Supporting research

Diane Sweeney, Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2010)

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Emily Thomas, Northeast Metro Intermediate School Dist

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