Of all the ISTE coaching standards, this one is the funnest (in my humble opinion). For those of us who love teaching and trying new technologies, the world of digital tools offers the perfect marriage of our two passions.
Substandard 3B calls for coaches to maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources. In my evidence for this substandard, I have chosen to highlight some of my favorite presentation tools. I have also included a prior blog post on student blogging which is an excellent way to make learning authentic and personalized while exposing students to a variety of digital tools. Another benefit of student blogging is that it is an opportunity to teach essential elements of digital citizenship such as copyright. My third piece of evidence highlights the importance of visual literacy and presents a digital tool that allows students to create professional-looking infographics.
A critical piece of this substandard’s wording is to ‘maintain’ digital tools. With an endless variety of tools and resources that are constantly changing, how can coaches and teachers navigate? A solution that I have found is Raindrop.io. I’ve tried many sites that offer bookmarking (Pinterest, Evernote, Pocket) but none have met my needs in the way that Raindrop has. With extensions for Chrome and the ability to add content using my Apple phone and tablet (not to mention a very user-friendly app), I have all of my resources in one place. The cataloging process allows for full customization. You can choose a custom photo, description, and icon for each bookmark. You can also organize by tags or drag and drop into nested folders just as you would on a desktop. The layout of the website allows me to see what I’ve saved along with my comments for why I saved it. Everything is searchable and the program will identify broken or duplicate links for you. I cannot say enough positive things about this bookmarking tool!