r Funding from the Digital Teaching and Learning grant allowed Nebo School District to hire six digital coaches this year. These coaches assist in helping all secondary schools as well as ten elementary schools more effectively use the digital tools and resources that are available to them.
Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.
“Most of what we do as digital coaches is building capacity for both teachers and students in digital teaching and learning,” Pam Turley, IT Curriculum Specialist for Nebo School District, said. “For teachers that means providing opportunities for learning about technology tools and how to implement them in their classrooms, then following up with support as they try them out.”
The digital coaches also teach a variety of technology workshops and online courses. These are available throughout the school year and during the summer. This summer Nebo School District’s team of digital coaches is hosting the Google Education Summit. This will bring in educators from around the state and Nebo teachers will be able to participate at no cost. This will be a wonderful opportunity for educators to learn more about digital learning and how to better integrate technology in the classroom.
Nebo School District has already had great success with digital learning. Many classrooms have access to Chromebooks on which students can engage in more hands-on learning. The use of technology has helped to facilitate more personalized learning for each student and has allowed educators to provide better feedback and collaboration with students. These digital coaches have been able to help by teaching classrooms new skills or being on-hand to support the teachers as they try out digital approaches to teaching and learning the content.