Meet them Where They Are

In my role as technology integrator, I’m working to to help people in my building  with a 1-to-1 Chromebook implementation, Schoology use, Google Apps for Education. I’m also fortunate to develop training curriculum on how to implement this technology. I offer to help people take what they learn in their training and apply it to their classroom practice. In doing these things, I’m pretty psyched–I get to help others learn.

Teachers in my building are busy. Finding time is tough. Feeling overwhelmed with the day to day work of teaching comes easily. Learning how to implement technology, even with its benefits, only adds to these feelings.

In reality, as an integrator, I’ve learned that I need to find creative ways to get small dollops of technology PD to the people they serve–short newsletters, videos, infographics. These things can be consumed quickly, offer something important that can make tech usage more streamlined, or solve a problem that they are finding with devices and apps in the classroom.

In an effort to help with this, I’ve taken to developing a quick newsletter and series of weekly videoes for teachers with either a quick tip or to address some issue I’ve heard that people are struggling with. It’s my goal to keep these short–less than 3 minutes. Although, I’m feeling like even 3 minutes is too long, and am hoping to get tips down to a minute.

Particulars:

  1. Video tech tips are made using Camtasia, and while I could also easily use Screencastify or Wevideo. Learning Camtasia is a goal of mine, because the district dropped some money on buying me a subscription, and I want to get my money’s worth. Several videos in and I’m feeling more comfortable and proficient with it.
  2.  The tips are each housed on a Google Site. This keeps the delivery free, allows me to share only within our domain, and is so super simple to use.
  3. Along with the tech tips, there’s a simple form for teachers to complete.
  4. Tech tips are sent to our Curriculum Area Lead Teachers, with encouragement to forward them along to the faculty.

Some examples:

Pretty much any kind of video–the good, the bad, and the ugly–I make winds up on my YouTube channel.

Here’s one example of my work:

Don’t expect the people that you serve to line up at your office door begging for help. But, even though they aren’t asking for it, doesn’t mean they don’t need it. Continue to push yourself to find innovative ways to provide assistance.

 

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