Illinois Technology Conference for Educators

This is the official blog of the 2007 Illinois Technology Conference for Educators to be held March 1 and 2 at the Pheasant Run Conference Center. To post to this blog, please e-mail Luke Allen requesting to be added to the IL-TCE 2007 blog.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Planting a Seed

Attending the ICE conference in St. Charles, IL and having a chance to talk with other educational technology educators I am even more convinced that we need to continue to plant seeds and water them. What does that mean? Rather than giving up when a new idea isn't embraced right away we need to think of how to get others thinking about a new idea, provide related information, relate it to best practices and look for other schools already implementing such an idea. I was a technology coordinator but now I am a technology coach. The difference is that I now concentrate on staff and students and not boxes and wires. We have other staff members who do that so I can focus on my passion of helping students and teachers discover how to use technology in meaningful ways to support learning. Schools need support staff to help with troubleshooting, managing servers, installing software and workstations. Schools also need technology coaches to assist staff members in using technology in meaningful ways once the hardware and software is ready to use. If you think this is important and want to plant that seed, Jamie McKenzie has a wonderful site discussing the coach.
Change can happen, we just need to approach it in a way that helps an idea grow. I hope more and more schools consider Technology Coaches too.



At 10:00 PM, Blogger Charlene Chausis said...

I totally agree! A critical component of effective technology integration is often overlooked -- "PeopleWare!"

There is some excellent research online from NCREL:

It's interesting that this has been available since 1999, and we're still not all there yet!

At 4:56 PM, Blogger Tracy M. said...

The thoughts in your post are so important. Thank you for putting into words what I have been trying to do with my staff.

Thanks for empowering your teachers,

Tracy Murdach
Technology Facilitator, Lyon School

At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

This was my first time at the IL-TCE and I went home inspired everyday! Your post describes the frustration felt by many teachers. We have the technology and are so eager to learn, but no one is there to show us the possibilities. Thank you. I hope "technology coach" catches on!


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