Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Developing Technology Experts in Your School or District

One of the hardest parts of my job is understanding how I can help teachers use technology in the classroom. When I ask teachers what they need from the district to help them learn more about technology the three answers I hear the most are:

1. More Professional Development
2. More Time
3. Need to "see" it in action

So over the last two years I have tried to come up with "out of the box" ways to make this happen in my district and thought I'd share. Click on the image below to learn how we are expanding our 1:1 program. Even if you are a classroom teacher I would urge you to take a look at this model. The idea is develop the expertise of the people already in place. Find the "techie" people and take advantage of their talents. I'd love to help help you make a plan or answer any questions you may have about this matter.

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  1. How often do you go into the classroom and teach/model so the other teachers can see how it works?

    That's what I try to do within my school and I've found it to be one of the most effective models. Normally it leads to discussion and those teachers are excited to try it out or another form of it.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  2. I try to teach in the classrooms everyday. I teach in the mornings and then have meetings, etc. in the afternoon. Of course, I have some things I have to do that require me to be out of the classroom for a full day. I think teachers really like to see it in action rather than just talk about it during pd.