“It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought.” -Agnes Repplier
In a few days, I’ll have the opportunity to dip my toes into tingling currents of thought next to a distinguished panel of technology directors. The panel, organized by Dr. Richard Smith and for which I’ve started to place resources online at http://bit.ly/cctcea2013, has set itself a simple task:
This panel of distinguished district-wide computer coordinators will discuss how the role of the computer coordinator is changing and has changed from the time the position was first established around 1982.
The panel will use their on-the-job experience to project into the future and describe what they believe will be the role of the computer coordinator in first decades of the 21st Century.
The members of panel will present their ideas on the type of training that 21st Century computer coordinators will need, political pitfalls to avoid, selecting and sustaining instructional technology, dealing with vendor and administrator pressure, dealing with depleted budgets, and building technology constituencies within school districts.
|The Computer Coordinator, or Tech Director
“Ol’ Lonely’s predicament is testimony to the durability and reliability of cloud-based services. Now if only he had something to do with his days.”
When I reflect upon the questions inherent in that session description, I manage to tease the following out:
- What do you believe will be your role over the next 20 years?
- What type of training do you think you will need to be effective in your position?
- What political pitfalls will you need to avoid?
- How do you go about selecting and sustaining instructional technology?
- How do you best handle vendor/administrator pressures?
- How do you deal with depleted budgets?
- How do you build technology constituencies or coalitions of staff so they can enhance instruction with technology?
“I don’t need a room full of desktops if a kid can do research with the device in his pocket.” -Mike Gras
The online academic world is richer than any number of “worlds” districts can build. The services a district needs are out there.
I don’t need to control more and I don’t need to trust less.
Hard times are easier to bare [sic] if the teachers are excited about what they can do with what they have at their disposal. We have an agreement among many at White Oak that less is more when it comes to control. – Mike Gras