Creating “effective digital age learning environments” is an area that can be a leverage point for changing people’s mindsets about technology. This standard focuses mostly on tools and resources but there is something to be said for the physical environment we train in as well. It would be amazing if we could create a training room that modeled collaborative group spaces with monitors for sharing, flexible seating and furniture arrangement and no “front” of the room. In Kayla Delzer’s (2016) article on Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign she makes the point that:
“The students we share our classrooms with don’t know life without constant connectivity, wi-fi, and a global audience. Outside the windows of our classroom is a dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing world full of choices. How can we expect our students to solve problems and make choices independently if we constantly solve their problems and make their choices for them?”
I think we need foster that same mindset about professional learning. Creating even one training space that modeled the best things about what we imagine the classroom of the future could look like would force us to think differently about truly teaching differently. Having no “front” of the room by itself I believe could fundamentally change our relationship with our students, naturally create space for student-centered learning and move teachers away from being the sage on the stage in a more physical way. It would be interesting to see what happens.
Along with the physical spaces we teach in, we now need to be thinking about the digital environments we create for our students and staff. Developing procedures for how we manage the tools, accounts and systems that we provide for learning and how we evaluate and teach the use of the tools is a key role that coaches can play.
The links at the top of this page will take you to evidence of my learning related to the individual indicators in this standard.
Delzer, K. (2016). Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign | Edutopia. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/flexible-seating-student-centered-classroom-kayla-delzer