2h – Data

“Coach teachers in and model effective use of technology tools and resources to systematically collect and analyze student achievement data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning” – ISTE Coaching Indicator 2h

I think part of my motivation for entering the Digital Education Leadership program was my participation as a teacher in several technology committees at the various schools I’ve taught in.  On at least two occasions, one of the key functions of these committees has been to select a “Learning Management System” (LMS) for the school. Essentially an LMS is an online grade book system (though course content may be added, making it an “LCMS”) and its importance to teachers, students, and parents is critical.  I reflect on the essential nature of these technology tools in my post Can We Get on the Same (Web) Page?  I focus on the communication aspect of the standard in my post as I believe that good communication is key. I still strongly believe this and have been continuously working to assess, adapt, and use new technologies that facilitate the effective use of student data, as well as encouraging other teachers to do the same. Technology has given us the power to collect, analyze, and communicate data like never before. The potential this holds for improving education is almost as limitless as the technology itself. It is up to digital leaders to help teachers maximize this potential.