We do not have a tech integration specialist in our county. We have a fantastic, supportive tech coach at the district level, but she is just one person completely overloaded with the needs of the entire county. I am the school-based tech coordinator, but that is an extended contract position that I have to fit in whenever I'm not working my full time job. That leaves very little time during the school year to support tech integration.
After reading an article in Tech and Learning, I was inspired to propose a technology committee to my district coach and principal. The coach immediately jumped on board and offered up the iPads to those agreeing to serve on the committee. (I told you she was great!) We were looking for a good way to pilot the program anyway. Here is the proposal:
- Encourage one participant per grade level; possibly special ed also
- Participants will discuss the condition/functionality of technology available at their particular grade level
- Participants will discuss exciting technologies that teachers can introduce in thie classrooms
- Participants will share findings with their respective grade levels during planning/grade level meetings
- Participants will research grants/available funding to pursue projects for his or her classroom/grade level
- Each participant on the tech committee will be given an iPad to pilot in his or her classroom. At each meeting, we will discuss ways to use this new technology in the classroom
- There will be at least six meetings throughout the year
Do any of you have committees like this at your school? Do you have suggestions for us? I would certainly like to hear from you if you do! Also, I'm collecting a list of iPad apps for education if you know of any!