Wow! This year has gotten off to a very busy start. I have very much enjoyed helping my staff get started with their school year- it's amazing to see the excitement on their faces in anticipation of guiding their students to amazing learning opportunities.
One of my favorite parts of my job is what I call Technology Planning- it designated time devoted to one staff member (or team) that is entirely teacher-driven. I train them on new technology that they are interested it, but it is tailored to their individual needs. We discuss how they can integrate technology into their lessons or discover innovative ways for them to change how they do things.
It is such a luxury to have that time for one-on-one training and support time. I feel like it gives teachers the time and the safe environment to ask the questions they need to ask and to work through parts that are more challenging to them. We typically create a goal that we can work toward achieving and use that as our guide each time we meet. Some truly amazing results have come out of Technology Planning and I have been tickled to see the increased number of teachers that are approaching me to schedule tech planning. I have more than twice the number of teachers working weekly with me this year when compared to last year. It's especially important to me this year, since one of MY goals is build relationships with my staff.
We all know that teachers don't have a great deal of time during the day, so to have my staff taking time from their busy days to devote to technology shows me that technology integration is important to them, which I appreciate.
What are you excited about this year?
I'm a Technology Coach and IT Support for a school. I'm passionate about 1:1 classrooms technology in instruction.