Using a newsletter as a passive coaching opportunity and to inspire teachers

As a digital coach in a large primary school my role is to work with every year level team each term and step them through a coaching cycle related to using iPads in the classroom. I have felt like due to time constraints it left me with little time to engage with teachers more than once a term and as we all know, there is so much that can be done with an iPad! Reflecting on how iPads were utilised in my school, I wanted teachers to engage more with the Creativity element from the Apple Elements of Learning. I also saw that we were missing the opportunity for teachers to see how others across the school were using iPads in their classrooms.

My solution was to publish a newsletter for teachers, which I named The Creative Byte. I release an edition every three weeks. It consists of three sections:

  1. a tech tip, which can be related to accessibility or productivity targeted towards teachers or their students.
  2. a project spotlight, which uses the Everyone Can Create series as the inspiration for projects that teachers can try in their classrooms.
  3. a sneak peek section, that showcases a student sample of work that aligns to the creativity element so that teachers can see what other classes across the school have been up to. I limit this to a single work sample in each edition and I make sure to showcase a different year level each time.

I keep the entire publication to three pages maximum so as not to over load people. To make my life easier I created a schedule for what tech tip and project spotlight will be included in each edition, with the student work samples being sourced closer to the time of publication. I also created a template in Pages so I just have to insert the information for each edition and it's good to go. Feedback has been positive and it's been very exciting to see teachers having a go at projects in their own time, and hearing the comments about how a tech tip has been useful to them.

All Comments

Posted on October 10, 2023

Great way to connect and coach especially with limited time. I know I appreciate the newsletters I get on various topics and can scan or read them when I have time. This is a good way to support your teachers. I also like the way you’ve organized your newsletters.

Posted on October 31, 2023

I love this idea! Is there any way you can post an example to refer to even though your details are great, I would love to see what one looks like!

Posted on November 02, 2023

I have posted an example below.

Posted on November 02, 2023

This is an example of a newsletter I created. All links have been removed but you will get the idea.


Posted on November 17, 2023

Thank you so much for sharing the sample. This really helped me to understand and see how wonderful your newsletter is. This is a great idea and I am excited to try it.


Posted on January 03, 2024

I love the idea of a newsletter, esp with the lack of time to help others in the school. Thank you for sharing an example of your newsletter. It’s great!

Posted on December 05, 2023

Love this idea! I have been looking for a way to spruce up the Technology page on the website! This is is PERFECT!

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