Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.
Digital technology has been introduced to our classrooms, and educators collaborate to utilize educational tools in their practice. One example is teachers in my Dual Language Immersion team who worked together to evaluate the efficacy of digital learning tools. My community project in the winter quarter demonstrated my learning and experience in this standard.
In my school district, the Middle School Dual Language Immersion Program began piloting a program to support Dual Language Immersion students’ literacy development in December of 2021. This program has adopted a digital literacy learning platform to improve student’s literacy skills in the target language. In February 2022, I conducted a round table discussion to have educators share the program’s key successes and challenges and their input on what teacher professional development is needed. Results are used to inform how the program should be implemented and integrated with the dual language literacy classes for the rest of the year and the decision to continue or not next year.
One of the questions in our discussion is, how do you see this tool can support teachers’ collaboration in our team to improve student learning outcomes? As a result, teachers listed their needs in professional development with vendor and district technology support. They shared their plan to schedule peer observation across two schools, and they requested a release day to meet and work on setting up grade-level literacy standards and goals using this digital learning tool. Moreover, teachers collaborated in analyzing students’ assessment data from this platform to improve teaching practices and student learning outcomes in the Dual Language program.