Educators across the county are learning new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom as part of the San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) EdTech Network.
Through regular meetings, educators support each other by sharing success stories and promising practices.
"During these times where educators are faced with the possibility of teaching concurrently (both face-to-face and online) as school facilities begin to re-open, it is vital they be given the opportunity of a safe space to hear from their colleagues," said Dr. Michanne Hoctor-Thompson, educational technology coordinator with SDCOE. "The EdTech Network is just the place."
Recently, with so many teachers adapting to distance learning, the focus has been on things like creating a Bitmoji classroom using the popular emoji application, classroom camera setups, and more. More than 100 educators have logged in to get a virtual tour of other teacher's classrooms.
"I really enjoyed hearing about the different tools that teachers are using at different grade levels that prove effective in a distance learning setting," said one recent participant.
In addition to networking and sharing information, teachers come together virtually to visit the classrooms of colleagues who are already teaching concurrently.
"These are opportunities for authentic, relevant, and honest conversations about challenges, both low-tech and high-tech solutions, and examples of what works," Hoctor-Thompson said. "Everyone is so excited to apply what they see and hear because they know it's already been kid tested and approved."
SDCOE's Educational Technology team started the EdTech Network meetings in November to respond to the needs that arose from distance teaching and learning during the pandemic. The number of educators participating has grown from just 12 during the first meeting to over 100 in March.
The next EdTech Network meetings will be May 4 and June 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information and to keep up to date, check out event details here.
View some of the tips, tricks, and resources that have been shared at previous networking meeting.