Everyone needs a coach
Who are your starters? As the technology leader at your school, you are the Head Coach looking to lead a team. When you think about your best teachers - the ones with the most passion and enthusiasm for integrating technology to improve learning - who comes to mind? Those are your Schoology Coaches. They are the teachers who you want training, motivating, and supporting the rest of the faculty.
The Schoology Coaches model is one that empowers your strongest teachers to take ownership of innovative teaching and encourages them to spread their knowledge. By using Schoology Coaches to train faculty, every teacher receives the one-on-one attention he needs to be successful integrating Schoology in the district, building, or school.
Here's how it works:
Choose your starters
Use Schoology To Do It: Analytics
As a system admin, you can look at each user’s specific analytics to see how they are using their course. Search for the teachers you expect to see using Schoology heavily and take a look at their analytics to assess their current use of Schoology and look for areas where they are strong and can offer guidance to other teachers. You can also use the analytics tab in their course to see how often they engage students to interact with Schoology.
Give Your Coaches a Pep Talk
Use Schoology To Do It: Groups
Create a group on Schoology for your Schoology Coaches to interact and learn from one another in between in person meetings. Add regular encouragement by posting videos for them on the feed or ask for their input on important topics by starting a discussion thread.
Practice to perfect
Use Schoology To Do It: Course Materials & User Tools
Train your Schoology Coaches on Schoology features that others may not be using yet like Blogs, Portfolios, Badges, and Media Albums. Give them access to the newest tools so they can try to integrate the tool uniquely in their classrooms. Ask them to test out a new tool for their class so that they can offer solutions for teachers who want to try the new tools next.
Schedule a scrimmage
Use Schoology To Do It: Courses
Create a specific Schoology PD course where teachers can access the blended learning materials on specific Schoology topics. Make all your Coaches admins and allow them to build out modules on the topics that they have expertise in. Add all your teachers to the course, then use the calendar feature to share upcoming learning opportunities. Your teachers should always know where to find the next PD offering from Schoology Coaches.
Call a timeout
Use Schoology To Do It: Badges
As coaches make progress with teachers, award the teacher’s progress by assigning her a badge in the PD course. For example, if a Schoology Coach works on building a rubric with a teacher and the teacher completes the Rubrics PD module, she earns a Rubric Builder Badge. Teachers who take the time to learn from a Schoology coach and improve their practice should be highlighted and praise so they become new evangelists for Schoology tools.
Try This Tomorrow: Use Schoology Coaches to enhance your LMS implementation!