Benifits of Virtual Coaching
- Questions: Teachers have a chance to ask questions in small groups about how to implement blended learning for their specific classroom environment.
- Relations: I am able to continue to build relationships with the teachers throughout the blended learning process.
- Resources: While working and talking with the teachers virtually, I am able to showcase tools, websites, and resources to use within the individual classrooms.
- Support: Sometimes teachers just need to know that someone is in their corner and when things get tough they have the ability to talk and work out the roadblocks.
- Visual: Teachers can see me, I can see them. By using video conferencing tools, I am able to read faces, watch for interactions. Teachers are able toes me, so they know that I am a person not just a voice.
Challenges of Virtual Coaching
- Snow Days: Yes, it might be sunny and warm where I live but snowy and cold where the teachers are teaching. I need to be on the snow day call list.
Tools for Virtual Coaching
- Google Hangout: I love Google Hangouts. We can invite a lot of people to the meetings, teachers can log in from their classrooms, and I can share out my screen with the participants.
- Swivl: Using the swivl to video tape the classroom. Teachers set up the Swivl take the videos and then share out the videos to me. We watch and talk about ways to continue to improve the blended learning process.
- Google Communities: To continue the discussion after the virtual meeting, I set up a Google Community discussion board. Teachers can post pictures, answer questions, and review the tools that were showcased during the meeting.