Tech coach in Atlanta arrives with compassion to encourage thoughtful use of devices
This story is part of a weekly series that celebrates outstanding teachers in our Flipgrid community. Stories by Angela Tewalt.
For Marcus Borders, technology isn’t just a flashy new tool to experiment with and then clutter the classroom. It’s an opportunity to teach responsibility.
After twelve years in education, he knows you cannot hand over a laptop to a student or even a teacher and expect them to thrive. The opportunity to learn with something new comes with patience, communication and empathy.
“To innovate is not a fly-by-night idea,” says Marcus, who works as an instructional technology coach in Atlanta, Georgia. “Just as much as I plan a lesson or come up with activities to teach, I, too, manage and troubleshoot devices, talk to my students about expectations, and we develop a plan together so they can be held accountable.”
Working with elementary teachers, he’s mindful to share that devices aren’t meant to overwhelm the classroom or distract from the learning but to enhance the student experience. There is complete joy in using tech, but success comes when students understand themselves the great responsibility they now have, not when a teacher micro-manages the experience.
“I think we’re still working on the value of technology in education, and fear and apprehension will sometimes keep people from trying,” Marcus says. “But I always push teachers that we have to innovate, because we’re teaching students that are hopefully going to do amazing things in this world! We must carefully plan and prepare and do all that we can – not for us, for the students.”