So I've been working for three months now to bolster the integration of technology at my new school. In essence, my job is to encourage teachers to integrate technology in meaningful ways in a streamlined, pedagogically sound way.
Now, as I reflect on the term I've had, I must say it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. Our teachers have, by and large, been very open to new ideas, and are excited about integrating technology into their classes.
I am not sure if the group of people I work with are typical of other schools, and if what I've noticed applies more broadly, but I'm going to put these ideas out there, firstly because that's what this blog is all about, and secondly because there may be something here that other edtech directors and schools might learn from.
The Lessons Learned
- The IT teachers are and essential core of any integration efforts. Do nothing without them!
- Having a team of people who are excited about technology is essential. I have an awesome team who share ideas, assist with individualized training, learn as part of our PLN on Twitter, attend conferences, and who get other teachers excited about tech. Integrating technology is about a creating a culture of innovation, and that can only happen when there is a core group committed to spreading the love.
- By far the majority of teachers are keen to try integrating technology into the classroom. For most, you just have to show them the basics about how to use it, and why it's valuable, and how it will save them time, and off they go. For some, some additional support, patience and encouragement are required.