Connecting technology with teachers is like leading a horse to water....sometimes you need to dangle a carrot to get them in!
Spending time with teachers is a process of good time management, people skills and leadership rolled into one package! Walking down the hallways, teachers will often stop me and ask me to come into their class to assist them with a tech problem. If I can, I come in and fix it. If I can't, I direct them to put in a ticket to our IT guy. If I get "What's a ticket" then the added process of showing them the ticket is added to their request.
Don't get me wrong - I really enjoy working with teachers and teaching teachers. These are the two main reasons I decided to be an Ed Tech. I feel that most of the time I connect with teachers is spent fixing tech issues (for at least the first month of school) then assisting with logins (the second month of school) then finally I get to do what I love: train teachers on implementing technology into their rooms.
Like most of you, I rely on email for messaging and communication. But email distances you personally from your classroom teachers. Talking to my principal the other day, I came up with a fun and easy solution for drop-ins: the old school Thank You & Invitation card!
How does this work? Do a walk-around! Walk around your school (with Thank-You/Invitation in hand) into your teacher's classroom if you see that they are using technology. Then,
stop in for 10-15 minutes. Fill out the card. Write 3 Wow! statements, and a tech suggestion in the box "I Wonder". For example, if you see a teacher using a paper map, you could write, "I Wonder have you thought about using Google Maps on the iPad for an interactive experience for students?". This is a great way to give a suggestion without sounding pushy.
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Lynn Smargis is a speaker, writer and blogger of classroom technology and how to integrate technology into the classroom. Find out more about Lynn in the About Me page.