A recent conversation with a friend, a K-6 teacher recently hired as a technology coach for K-12, shown some light on the challenges with moving the needle for technology integration in the classroom.
“Dream job.” That is how my friend describes his new assignment…and of course he does. He is a mentor and coach by nature, loves technology, and is a passionate teacher. Now, instead of teaching students, he is honored to support his colleagues as they implement new technology tools with their students.
“However,” he reflected, “Half of my time is spent in ‘sales.’” Meaning, that coordinating time with colleagues to “fit” technology into a lesson is a bit of an emotional and logistical barrier. Depending on the explicit curriculum mandates in the district and the perceived permission (or lack of permission) to try new things, teachers do not always feel comfortable “fitting” technology into a lesson.
Technology integration is an all-hands-on-deck, transformational change, that necessarily intersects with all major systems in a district, including scheduling, curriculum, how learners are grouped, culture, communication, and so much more. Therefore, leaders have an important mandate to thoughtfully consider technology’s impact on these systems.
Scott McLeod is an internationally recognized educational technology advocate with a resonate message and clear strategies for managing the changes necessary for technology integration. Read his article, written for the National Association of Independent Schools, which explains the importance for creating and communicating a clear and compelling vision for technology in the learning experiences in a classroom.