I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the professors I had here a couple of years ago. I took the lessons I learned from the program, and now a new position has been created in the district I am in that is basically a technology integration specialist or technology coach. I will be the only one in the district and a position like this one where there is a teacher with no real teaching duties has never existed (we are a very small rural school) But, I am looking forward to the challenge. Any advice anyone has would be greatly appreciate. I am hoping to take what I have learned and transition smoothly into my new role. So, a sincere thank you.
My name is Brittni Darrington. I will be graduating from the program in December, and my situation is very similar to yours. I am also part of a small school and am going to be working as the technology coach this coming school year. Like your, this is a completely new position. I am really excited, but also a little nervous as I know whatever I do will define this position and whether or not it is a useful one for the district. I would love to hear some of the things you do this next year and maybe collaborate a little if you are interested? Let me know.
That sounds like a great idea to me. None of the schools the size my school have any position like this at all, and the school that do have this position are much much bigger and when I talk about the position with them a lot of their ideas are good, but they don't quite understand the small school dynamic. So, I definitely like this idea.. I am still not sure where I am starting, but I am going to meet with my principal and hopefully get a little direction and expectation level..... Well maybe
Another new place for our students to share, comment, discuss etc. is our new Facebook Group for our students -past and present. https://www.facebook.com/groups/297316104072461/?source_id=179166705453225
Hope to see you there.
Congratulations! So exciting! You are well-prepared and will do great!
Want you to know we have another new place for our students to share, comment, discuss etc. is our new Facebook Group for our students -past and present. https://www.facebook.com/groups/297316104072461/?source_id=179166705453225
Hope to see you there.
You may want to post your announcement and question on our new Facebook Group for our Students.
That would be awesome, if you do.
My advice would be to make sure your role in the school is clearly defined and articulated to faculty from the start. This can be done by yourself, but having your principal do this or at least back you up may be more effective early on. Most teachers have not worked in an environment with a tech integrator so this is pretty important. The last thing you want is for teachers to think you are the printer repair person or the laptop debugger. From experience, the first year may be as much of a learning year for your faculty as it is for you. I am in a somewhat similar role as yours, but I work at a school with 1200 students (and 3 other tech coaches) and also teach a couple of tech elective classes each semester. I think you'll have an advantage with no teaching load, but this might be offset by the fact that you are on your own in a small rural school. It will definitely be an adventure - good luck!