Education Graduate Student
National University - Los Angeles , Calfornia
More importantly, I would like to impart a special commendation to Dr. Cynthia Sistek - Chandler and her super c-o-o-l husband, Hoppy, for facilitating and enabling me to achieve this user-friendly website that will make a difference in enhancing and accelerating learning for thousands of high school sophomores.
I love to use My eCoach because it allows me to produce a very professional lesson plan. I share my work with other teachers at conferences and in my district. I work hard to develop strong lesson plans tied to Michigan content standards and it is important to me that my finished work looks good and reflects the amount of time and energy I have invested it. My eCoach tools are easy to use and I am proud of the results they produce.
In addition, My eCoach makes it easy to encourage other teachers trying to create lesson plans tied to their content standards. I am able to give them feedback through each step of the process. Even though they may be creating their first lesson plan, they are delighted with the resulting product. It empowers them to try other technology tools that are new to them.
I have used My eCoach for the past ten years. I have created lesson plans for a state level organization, as well as for the State Department of Education. In all that time, I have never seen another tool that can compare to the tools on My eCoach. In ease of use and in the product it produces, My eCoach provides the best tools available.
8th Grade Teacher
Madison Middle School - Oakland, California
My eCoach has proved to be a simple and easy to use resource for designing websites for various lesson topics. Before I was introduced to My eCoach, I had no prior knowledge on how to design a website. Now that I have a membership to it, I know that I can quickly log-on to design a website where I can post resources, weblinks, documents, images, video/audio samples, etc.
My students have greatly enjoyed working on the websites that I’ve created (little do they know how easily I was able to make them because of the "Clone this" feature). They especially appreciate the fact that they can leave comments on the pages. And what’s great is that I can monitor each of the comments before I allow them to be published.
2nd Grade Teacher
Plumb Elementary - Pinellas, Florida
I use My eCoach for one of my main sources of communication for my students and families. Pinellas County, FL is required to use Moodle. This is a tool that is primarily meant for the students as a teaching tool, and a way to gather grades. Ultimately, these results are intended to transfer into our on-line grading system (Portal). I have taken the on-line training provided to do this; however, I do not have the time in the day or the confidence to try this without having a core group of teachers to reflect and share results with.
At this point, the combination of Moodle and Portal are so new that there is a minimal amount of teachers that can & do use Moodle/Portal effectively. My eCoach provides this support system for me. I am confident that I can inquire with anyone on my team, or Barbara Bray & I know I will get the support I need.
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida
I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.
Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!
The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.
I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so.
Grant Wood AEA - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Thank you for such a well designed site for this course! All the links work, and it is easy to maneuver from one place to another. I like how the assignments are clearly listed and have the date next to them. I can get right to learning when I log on rather than struggling to figure out how how to get from place to place. I’m taking another online course now and it is a nightmare and very frustrating.
Thanks for making this a good experience!
San Francisco State U - San Francisco, CA
My eCoach sets the standard for online teacher communities. In addition to having tools and tutorials to help teachers create web-based, standards aligned-lessons and activities, there are forum's surveys and libraries.
Being able to quickly embed content such as videos in a lesson is extremely helpful. Teachers don't have a lot of time so having all of these high quality tools integrated in one place is the way to go.
Waitsburg SD - Waitsburg, Washington
My eCoach has provided so many learning tools and is so easy to use. Barbara Bray understands the importance of developing learning tools for the twenty-first century and made it so easy to collaborate. I can't wait to see the next generations reactions when they see My eCoach.
Art/Computer Graphics Instructor
SFUSD - San Francisco, Ca
My eCoach is my go to program or organization to assist me in getting my curriculum online in an efficient, coherent, multi-media platform. I use my sites for my school homepage and several units of instruction. All the resources I need are at our fingertips to engage my class. My students love our days in the lab with the projects that I’ve assembled online with the help of My eCoach.
Pinellas County - Clearwater, Florida
My eCoach has changed the way I teach, manage my classroom, parents and students. Parents can check their child's homework and know what their child learned in my class on a particular day. Students can download homework or worksheets they missed while absent. I put many helpful hints and valuable information for all my shareholders. I'm in the process of turning my classes into a paperless system. Everything I need is available to me here on My eCoach.
Valley Center Primary - Valley Center, CA
My eCoach is an amazing resource. There are many features which are extremely beneficial to a site leader. I feel more empowered to develop resources for my staff.
Consultant, Coach, Online Instructor
Krause Center of Innovation - Waxhaw, NC
I love that this is an easy to use site that fosters professional collaboration and improvement of teaching and learning while providing tools for educators in a one stop place. The templates are easy to use. I've been using them lately for workshops and online courses as well as for creating and updating an educator web resource list. Updating on the fly is so easy. My sites look professional and are easy to navigate. In the past I've used them to help teachers with project planning, and would love to do that again.
Barbara is extremely responsive to my needs when I've made requests. This personal touch is extremely awesome!
7th Grade Teacher
Pinellas County Schools, Florida
I am in the process of converting my moodle and portal webpages that I use in Pinellas County to my eCoach websites. I have decided to break my websites up into units instead of courses, because I keep getting switched around from various grade levels and content areas (Reading vs. Language Arts) - But I don’t want to lose my lessons. For example I currently teach 7th grade reading and we do a unit on Egypt, but two years ago I taught 6th grade and we also touched on Egypt. I want my resources to be middle school level and fluid enough for me to adapt to whatever grade I’m teaching. It will take some time, but I think it will help out in the long run. Thanks again for eCoach!! I Love It!!
Eanes SD - Austin, TX
There are several reasons that I love My eCoach. The largest one is that it has a locker where I can store what I have created and find it later. I have made a whole bunch of things online and then forgotten where they are and sometimes even that they exist. In My eCoach I can go to the Locker and find the projects that I made in the past and am sometimes surprised at what I find!
I have also met long-term friends through My eCoach who I communicate with in other ways. I know I have not used most of My eCoach to its capacity and it is really amazing the options that it does give you.
6th Gr & GenYes Teacher
Waitsburg USD, WA
I love and enjoy using My eCoach because of the large number of resources, the user-friendliness of the components, the excellent timely support and the highly functional, professional looking 'finished product.' For my students (members of a team that is available here) My eCoach provides a safe, yet authentic web experience unlike any I have found available anywhere else.
This is a GREAT 21st-century learning tool!
Sullivan Elementary School, MO
I love My eCoach because of the ease of use and the multiple things you can do with the components. As the district mentor, I utilize the Survey tool on a regular basis to create professional development surveys to help our district better provide the PD our staff feels they are in need and to evaluate the workshops we provide. The fact that we can share resources has assisted me in my teaching assignment both in the regular classroom and now in the Library Media Center.
When I was completing my certification as a Missouri eMints teacher I utilized My eCoach to create those digital items and projects needed for coursework. It was easy to create, store and provide to the evaluation team. Barbara was always available as a sounding board on these projects and helped me make them even better. She even assisted on the editing portion.
I love the resource of My eCoach! It has saved me many exhausting hours when creating lessons for my students or assisting proteges!
ELL/Foreign Language Teacher
San Franscisco USD - San Francisco, CA
love My eCoach because it helps me so much in building units of study for my class. Now more than ever, this wonderful community will be my constant helper because I am a technology teacher for two elementary schools. I use the Universal builder a lot, and plan to use the survey builder very soon as well. I became a member when I was in my teaching credential program, and I loved it so much that I made a membership for my sister in Brazil (she loves it too).
Through the years, My eCoach has been here and it is strong and better than ever by providing an incredible support to teachers all over the world! Every time I receive a newsletter from Barbara my heart sings because I know she cares about all the teachers who rely on her website and community to excel in their teaching career. I say it because I rely on her and this site!
Thank you My eCoach for being here for me!
SDCOE - San Diego, CA
OK, I admit it. I put off getting active on My eCoach for quite some time. I was busy with daily routines, state reporting needs, student information systems and staffing needs. NOW it is time to spend quality time re-energizing myself and my staff with the fabulous and infinite resources on this site. I will encourage the staff at our school site to spend 30 minutes a day getting acquainted, responding to blogs and growing for the sake of our students!
Poway Unified - San Diego, CA
I am amazed at how user friendly eCoach is! I am very excited to learn in this format. I feel as if a whole new door has been opened for me!
2nd Grade Teacher
Maui - Lana'i City/Island, HI
I started teaching at 55. It's never too late. I owned gymnastics schools for 30. It was getting to rough on my body so I went back to college at 50. I love teaching children. What a glorious profession!
Preston Hall Middle School - Waitsburg, WA
You can see everything that is going to be put up on the Internet while you are working on it.
San Diego Unifed - San Diego, CA
I have always felt like a Digital Immigrant, but the more I visit this site, the more fascinated I feel by its possibilities. Thank you to all who make this site possible for Educators!!
Bay Area Foreign Language Program - Stanford, CA
My eCoach has been the ideal platform for many of our goals at the Bay Area Foreign Language Program. We use it to share our materials, announcements, and calendars, and the participants in our professional development programs have the opportunity to communicate and share with their colleagues across the Bay Area. This is a wonderful way of developing and supporting our professional learning community.
Discovery Hills & Valley - Vista, CA
OK, now I can give my staff something concrete to use online as we strive to develop increased communication and get into the 21st century of technology. Better than receiving my 15 emails a day!
3rd Grade DL Teacher
East Point Elementary - El Paso, TX
"I am learning so much in such a short time on My eCoach. I really look forward to utilizing all the resources that are at my disposal and become really proficient at it."
8 - Bronx, New York
Working with Barbara Bray is like working with an angel of the pacific -- her knowledge and talents and generosity exceed anyone I've ever worked with for over two decades in the field of education, especially educational technology. Working within the framework of the Universal Builder helps you to clarify your thoughts and make your project clearer and more appealing, and then, once Barbara steps in and does her magic, your creation goes beyond what you could have ever imagined it to be. I am so grateful and honored to have connected with such talent!
SAV School - Bhaktapur, Nepal
I founded SAV school to educate poor family children of the rural area of Nepal seeing some parents unwilling to educate their children and some parents willing to send their children to teach them english. I've been focusing my strategy to bring the poor children to school and educate them in English medium. Parents love to hear their children speaking English. English is our second language. I look forward to sharing and connecting in My eCoach
Biology and Math
Tracy Unified - Tracy, CA
After building my own website for a few months now, the website has been a great resource for my students and parents. They all like my website. There are tons of new things that I need to explore in the future. I just love it. However, I wish can could have more freedom on manipulating the layout of the web page.
NBCT Program Director
National University - San Diego Headquarters, CA
"National Board Certification is a symbol of teaching excellence across the country. My eCoach has allowed our Professional Teaching Development Center to build a true virtual learning community, united through our belief that National Board standards and assessment activities shape highly accomplished teachers and educational leaders. Our Accomplished Teaching and Leadership Team is one- of- a- kind, in an effort to offer a model of collaboration that results in increased learning for kids. I'm thankful to Barbara Bray who brought my vision to life!"
Los Angeles Unified School District - Woodland Hills, CA
It has been a real boost to have a blog that parents and students can go to and see not only the finished product, but the planning and putting everything together that the kids do. My eCoach has helped me so much by providing a space to show the process AND to share resources. (I can't keep track of my bookmarks, so if it's something I think is really good, I put it in 'Resources' on the team page. Now I can find it!) Take a bow!
Los Angeles Unified School DIstrict, California
"Education is not the filling of a glass, but the lighting of a fire." W.B. Yeats
Cupertino - Cupertino School District, CA
I am still using all that I learned during my tenure with the Earn While You Learn Program back in 2005. It continues to be very valuable thinking!
Business Technology Instructor
Riverside Junior High School - Caraway, AR
My eCoach provides everything I need to effectively manage my classroom tasks. My eCoach is like a car's dashboard because I can gather all the diagnostics in one sitting and it drives me toward my goal: Inspiring students to learn. Thanks for all your hard work. I plan to use it for years to come.
Sixth Grade Teacher
Preston Hall Middle School - Waitsburg, WA
Although I have been a member for some time, only this school year am I learning to use the wealth of resources provided on My eCoach. The services and tools are both practical and easy to use. Included on this remarkable site are tools for learning activities, assessment, collaboration, creativity and more--all that at a very low budget-conscious price.
We need you!
LAUSD - Los Angeles, California
I am a teacher at 107th elementary school in LAUSD, an inner-city school. Everything good that is given to us - is then taken away. The CADRE has brought art, music, dance, drama and light to a very difficult academic community. The Cadre is the only wonderful experience happening at 107th street school - this program needs to be continually funded. As well as encouraging students to find new areas of expertise, the teachers participate and learn about programs new to them as well. The Kathryn Dunham Dance Company was totally inspiring and intriguing as I got a taste of the dance the students would learn. The Marchall Dance Company was the only HOLIDAY PROGRAM my 1st graders received this year - and it was a dandy! Just Great! Samuel, a 1st grader in my class, was called to join in the welcoming dance and my whole class was proud of him and he was elated. Please, continue the funding for the CADRE. Thank you. Rosemary Pluskat
Sullivan School District - Sullivan, MO
I believe My eCoach will help me find the answer to getting online professional development for technology in the hands of teachers. I am using the survey to create online signups for my Wednesday Workshops after school. When I discovered the Lesson Plan project template, I decided to use it as a way to walk teachers through training online, where they can access everything I have to offer in the afternoon workshops. Now they can do it on their own time and at their own pace.
CILC - Carlsbad, California
Research has borne out the potential for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as an aid to educators in support of each other, and, to improve the teaching and learning environment by modeling the self-organization and self-determination that are hallmarks of independent, lifelong learners. These characteristics help to reinforce the idea that everyone at school is both a teacher and a learner. My eCoach is the best tool of which I am aware that can support these self-organized, peer-learning groups.
Without question, My eCoach is a one-of-a-kind innovation that similar Open Source tools find difficult to approximate generally because there does not exist the same level of customer service. What My eCoach has made unique, no other has come close to creating the kind of safe, scaffolding environment of this system. Although a proprietary system, My eCoach is an "open environment" with the ability to integrate other school and district tools including Open Source tools.
San Diego Unified - San Diego, CA
My eCoach has so much to offer. There is always something new to discover and I know I have only begun to skim the surface of available resources!
Pinellas Park Elementary - Pinellas Park, FL
My eCoach has been the best tool I have used. eCoach is a user-friendly, time saving, and a universal website. The best part of using eCoach is being able to design a website that enhances learning for students. In such a technology age, 8 and 9 year old students need an outlet for keeping them engaged. My eCoach provides that opportunity for my students, they are able to make the connections with real world applications, use them at school and extend their learning at home. They can talk to each other, share their experiences and what they have learned. What more can we ask for? My-eCoach does it all!
BTSA Induction/New Teacher Support Coordinator
Alameda Unified School District - Alameda, CA
My eCoach provides me with lots of great tools which I can use as part of my new teacher training program. Information can be found all in one place and accessed from anywhere! Using our Team Page, I quickly post program updates. With the Universal Builder, I've created a web site for everyone's common questions. I've learned a great deal about my teachers and their practice through our Forum, and my teachers have been able to network and share their terrific teaching ideas. My team coaches and I are able to provide timely feedback for our new teachers' learning plans--no more NCR forms!
My eCoach provides increased opportunities for communication, quick access to customized online resources, and the ability to collect program data and improve accountability.
Computer Lab Teacher
Orleans Parish - New Orleans, LA
I am excited to become a part of the eCoach community. I am eager to learn about your services.
Vista Unified - Vista, CA
Wow! I now have a passport to enter the "Digital Native World" through my new skills and resources that My E Coach has provided.....
I am excited to infuse My eCoach into our fledgling Professional Learning Community at La Costa Canyon High School. The tools My eCoach provides can be mastered by even the most technophobic staff members!
Media Center Specialist
Bay Farm School - Alameda, Ca
With all the technology tools being developed, I love eCoach for the ability to use multiple tools within one environment. My eCoach has become my one-stop online community to: develop my individual lesson plans, work with colleagues on educational projects and tasks, create web pages for my students and parents linked to my district/school webpage, to create blogs both personal and for my students, and so much more. I continue to be inspired every time a new improvement is added to eCoach assuring me that this professional community is continually growing and changing based on our needs and interests.
Visual Arts Teacher
L.A.U.S.D. - Castaic, C.A.
I believe that technology is the best focus for me
as a way to relate to the arts community.
SDUSD - SD, CA
Once again I want to express to both you and Cynthia how thankful I am for all the things I learned from both of you during our three-day training. Even though the pacing was fast, we were introduced to a lot of extremely valuable resources and the learning was superb!!! Now that I have had the time to explore everything more in depth, I cannot say "thank you" enough to the two of you. All the best!!!!
Special Education Teacher
Highlands Middle School - Kennewick, WA
I found that taking the time to reflect and write about what I have done for the past month inspiring. I am able to look at the progress my students have made and celebrate their learning.
Oceanside Unified - Oceanside, CA
The training received in Module 3 AB 430 sets the stage for all administrators to advance their professional expertise to meet the demands of technology in our educational settings. Thank you!
Thanks for the fun day!
Mtn. View Whisman - Los Altos, Ca.
Dear Gay, Gayle and Janet (EWYL),
Thank you very much for the fun day today. It was a challenge making our little presentation but it was fun doing it. By doing this it taught us what to watch out for in the actual planning of our project. So once again, Thank you all so much, Pam
DHS Alternative Center - Desert Hot Springs, CA
The AB 430 training using eCoach was phenomenal. I recommend this training for every educator... It will make your life run a whole lot smoother.
Sheridan Barker, Ed.D.
Director, Leadership Services
San Diego COE, CA
Over the last few years, I have had my tech-savvy friends and colleagues searching for a robust, interactive web portal to support the development of an interdependent learning community for site and district administrators. About a year ago, My eCoach was suggested as the perfect fit for the multi-dimensional support system I sought. Since then, the County Office has adopted My eCoach as the venue to house the curriculum, practicum portfolios, and sustained follow-up our state-legislated AB 430 Administrator Training Program.
My eCoach has accelerated the learning and motivation of our participants, engaged them in a growing professional learning community about the real-time issues they face in school and district administration, and challenged us all to join the 21st Century in both word and deed!
H. Thompson Elementary - Grandview, WA
I really enjoyed learning to use the new Universal Builder. Whether I return a day or a week later, I feel confident that I can utilize the new universal builder tool without having to relearn the process. I have definitely found a personal and professional use for this builder that I did not discover with the older builders.
- - Bellingham, Washington
Today the lights went on for my teachers! Having used eCoach for four years, today was by far the best training day that I have ever experienced using eCoach. My team members were able to personalize their learning, they were able to create (projects) on the web easily, and last of all they were able to easily utilize the new Universal Builder, which saved them TIME! Each one of the Grandview teachers truly values My eCoach.
BTSA Site Coordinator
Alameda Unified - Alameda, CA
The Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Progam is designed to support the professional development of newly-credentialed, beginning teachers. My eCoach has allowed our new teachers and their support providers a one-stop-shop for accessing the necessary tools for becoming successful teachers. Most new teachers are "tech" savvy and love being able to collaborate, communicate and have access to their BTSA materials electronically. My eCoach is the perfect fit for our program.
AB430 Module 3 Trainer
SDCOE - San Diego, CA
Wow! I'm so impressed with the eCoach set-up. It made our 3 day principal training so much easier. The interface for the participants demonstrated how members of an online community could collaborate in a seamless fashion. All the participants are very excited about the continual support they will receive through their membership in eCoach.
My eCoach is an invaluable tool in the toolbelts of 21st Century teachers. Teachers; as well as students, become a part of an organized community of learners. My eCoach activates creativity and encourages educators to create standards-based learning activities, and resources based on their curriculum and student achievement needs.
Director of Human Resources
San Felipe Del Rio CISD - Del Rio, TX
My eCoach has been an exceptional technological tool that has guided the San Felipe Del Rio CISD "Grow our Own" Administrator Interns in developing their personal leadership ePortfolios.
6th Grade Teacher
Lowell Middle, Oakland USD - Oakland, CA
I have been working with My eCoach since 1999. The coaching I received from them helped me shape my teaching and pedagogy. I have been incorporating technology into my curriculum ever since. I have seen my struggling students excel, their self-esteem elevated building their pride and self-confidence.
4th Grade Teacher
Jefferson Elementary, Oakland USD - Oakland, CA
As a fourth grade teacher, I have used the My eCoach program to enhance learning for all of my students. I have had the opportunity to connect technology to the curriculum, which has greatly improved my teaching practice. My eCoach has gotten my students excited about learning and therefore, improved student achievement, strengthening their research, comprehension, and writing skills.
Brewer Middle School, Oakland USD - Oakland, CA
My eCoach has helped me realize how much more powerful the teaching of standards can be when technology is used as a tool to get and keep my students engaged. Over the past year, I have been working with My eCoach to create and develop technology based projects that help my students look at and use the core 6th grade standards fractions, decimals, and proportional reasoning - in a real-world context!
Peralta Elementary, Oakland USD - Oakland, CA
With my eCoach I have a nurturing team of people, a powerful resource where I can ask questions. I can get help with projects, brainstorm ideas, get feedback, develop projects, share with other professionals and keep my deadlines.
Technology Center TLD Project, Washington
My eCoach has given the Washington State Technology for Learning Disabilities (TLD) Project a "pulse" and is in constant use, changing all the time. We are so excited about this feeling of new life. In addition, My eCoach has made the overall management of the grant much easier.
I am excited to work with My eCoach as we recognize their leadership and innovation in building online communities for educators. Barbara Bray and her team understand the importance of developing tools that allow educators to collaborate and share resources to support classroom instruction. It is inspiring to see the impact they are having on their teacher community.
eMINTS - Columbia, MO
The eMINTS National Center staff and teachers have let us know how much they value the coaching and peer collaboration available on My eCoach Online. They particularly enjoy the convenience of posting activities online aligning them with NETS and the Missouri Show-Me Standards.
Oakland USD - Oakland, CA
Computer Strategies and its division, My eCoach®, has worked with our district for many years. They have been consistently effective in helping Oakland teachers integrate technology into their curriculum. More than that, they have been flexible, creative, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that their work makes a difference for Oakland students and teachers.
Director of Technology
Newark Public - Newark, NJ
My eCoach provided us more than personalized service. They always made sure we received quality products and service. Now our teachers have access to customized materials in a password protected area on our website.
Admin. of Ed. Tech
Lowell Public Schools, MA
My eCoach provides Lowell's teachers the support and resources they need to develop and post standards-based curriculum to the web quickly and efficiently. It is great to know there is an eCoach looking out for us in California while we're working in Massachusetts. My eCoach Online offers us the coaching solution we've been looking for.
Galesburg-Augusta Middle School, MI
My eCoach® has been an invaluable tool for developing projects with other teachers. It helps us to start with the standards, consider what we want our students to learn, and stay focused throughout the process. When we are finished, we have a complete project plan to use with our students and to share with colleagues. The plan looks professional and contains links to all the needed resources.
Coordinator of Instructional Technology
ESC Region XV - San Angelo, TX
My eCoach® provides necessary follow-up support in order to maintain and stretch the campus cadre in the development of lessons and products aligned to state academic standards.
Foothill College Krause Center for Innovation - San Mateo, CA
I am extremely pleased with my experiences with My eCoach®. They have been phenomenal eCoaches and mentors for me as I have learned to be an online eCoach. They provided helpful and timely feedback for my teachers on their project plans. I have really appreciated my experience with My eCoach Online and the coaching program. Thank you!
""Education is not the filling of a glass, but the lighting of a fire." W.B. Yeats"
Los Angeles Unified School DIstrict, California