Last week I did a presentation before our school board. I wasn’t asking for more money out of next year’s budget- just to continue with what we have. Therefore, the presentation was focused on the positive, a sharing of the great things happening in our schools. (see previous post- Giving Thanks) I also shared a movie I put together highlighting what’s happened thus far with the iPads in our preK-2 school.
All of this was well-received and supported. We have an amazing school board. They understand and have a vision for technology integration in schools. Phew. At the end of the presentation, a community member asked this question, “What do we need to do in order to move more of our teachers forward with technology?”
It was a fabulous question. Of course, many teachers would answer that they needed better access to more equipment. They also need TIME- that magic word. (See this great post by Engaging Educators) As a part of my response I outlined the many different professional development opportunities offered to our faculty. I shared about the SAMR model and the NETS for teachers and for students. I model, encourage, inform, and support. We have teachers mentoring and sharing with their peers; I work with some teachers while planning curriculum; I am in the classrooms supporting students and teachers, and more. We, like most schools, have the full spectrum of teachers ranging from those who are motivated and eager to try new technologies to those who don’t see it as valuable or it’s just another thing. This is also where we see the difference between those who integrate technology and those who use technology.
The bottom line- The teachers need to be more aware of and held accountable for the NETS for Teachers. I personally can’t mandate that teachers do more to adopt, integrate and use technology. I am not an administrator. Our district leader and superintendent were at the school board meeting. They ‘get it’ and support and encourage the use and integration of technology. Already there have been more discussions with both of them and plans are in the works for upcoming faculty meetings – thanks to the question posed by the parent.
It was a great question; it’s a good problem to have. We have parents in our community who want to see teachers and students doing MORE with technology. We’ll see what else evolves as we continue to move forward.
How would you have responded?