Meet Our Learning Technology Coaches!

Meet Our Learning Technology Coaches!

Rod Anadon works for the Office of Professional Development at Silver Creek High School and Altona Middle School as a Learning Technology Coach, supporting teachers and students in their use of technology in the classroom as well as coaching and mentoring teachers new to the building.  

Rod, tell us about your teaching background. 

I went to the University of Notre Dame for my BA and Indiana University for my MS. I was a computer science educator for 15 years in the state of Indiana. I also assisted staff in Indiana on the implementation of technology and its proper uses in the classroom. I would also fix and build computers for teachers. I ran a computer club and competed in several computing competitions.

I began to advocate for more diversity in the field of Computer Science because I saw it as a major issue that needed to be addressed. In 2011, I won an Educator Award from NCWIT (National Center of Women & Information Technology). Also in 2011, I presented at the CSTA CS & IT Symposium on my experience of game development at the secondary level. In 2012, I was invited to the Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum as a finalist on my projects that involved game programming with a purpose at the secondary level. In 2013, my students were finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition that looked at raising awareness and interest in STEM learning. We focused on generated video games with a purpose. In 2014, I was the grant recipient of the Dow STEMtheGAP and bought microcontrollers for hands-on computing.

Let's just say I am quite competitive in nature and enjoy computer science. 

What does a typical day look like for you as a Learning Technology Coach?

A typical day involves walk-throughs in classrooms, meetings with teachers and administrators, collaborating and co-teaching with teachers on lessons, assisting new teachers, mentoring new teachers, and connecting with students with their technology. I work Monday and Wednesday at Silver Creek High School. I work Tuesday and Thursday at Altona Middle School. Friday is my "flex day" in which I report to either Silver Creek or Altona depending on need.

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy collaborating and co-teaching with teachers immensely.

Please tell us about a project or activity at your school(s) that you're excited about.

Currently the #withMalala project at Altona Middle School. It has been a huge undertaking that has involved 7 grade Language Arts teachers, the Idea Lab Coordinator, administration, and me. It has been a project that has focused on student voice and the importance of making a difference. I have been able to do some co-teaching with the Language Arts teachers that they found beneficial.

If I wasn't a teacher, I would be a.....

computer programmer. I enjoy writing code, debugging, and troubleshooting.

What do you do for fun when you're not at school? 

I enjoy coding, building computers, cycling, walking, playing, and working out. I am on a daily exercise regiment that has really helped me with managing stress. I have also been tinkering with microcontrollers and IOT.