Beginning in kindergarten, students are taught how to be good citizens. We teach them the importance of being honest, trustworthy, kind, respectful, responsible, and safe. Students read books, analyze characters, watch videos, and act out scenarios to discuss and practice each of the skills needed to help make the world a better place.
If you support technology in schools, then you know that the beginning of the year is a chaotic and stressful time of year. Our experienced crew of onsite technicians, engineers, trainers, and directors take great pride in the work we do to partner with school districts to calm the storm, train on the new tools/devices, and place the focus on what matters most - creating awesome learning experiences for kids. For this blog entry, we humbly share some of the comments that warmed our hearts at the beginning of this school year.
As we said before, getting teachers to adopt new practices with technology isn’t easy. In our first installment, our Innovative Learning Strategist, Adam Cole, provided some tips to keep you from making the mistake of ignoring teacher buy-in. Adam gave some advice for helping teachers understand the “why” and using an emotional appeal to get them onboard with your vision. In this final installment, Adam offers two more tips to help you avoid this common mistake.
Getting teachers to adopt new practices with technology isn’t easy, and (despite what many people think) it isn’t because of age or how savvy they are with the newest gadgets. It’s about buy-in. If a majority of the teachers with whom you are working have not decided that your goals are worthwhile, your efforts will fail. It’s that simple. Ignoring teacher buy-in is a mistake you can’t afford to make.
In the first of a two-part series, Adam Cole, our Innovative Learning Strategist offers some tips for getting your teachers onboard with your efforts.
"No one can whistle a symphony alone. It takes a whole orchestra to play it." -HE Luccock
This is the third post of a three-part series about ways to strengthen communication between technology staff team members within your school district. Be sure to check out our first and second posts for more great ideas for facilitating communication between teachers and techs.
Effectively communicating with co-workers can sometimes be a challenge. Despite our best efforts, sometimes we say one thing, but others hear something different based on our tone, facial expression, or body language. When you are a technician, face-to-face communication may not always be possible, so it is even more important that you say what you mean, clearly and concisely so there are not any misunderstandings. Reminding ourselves of these things will help keep everyone on the same page and facilitate successful communication among team members.
This is the second post of a three-part series about ways to strengthen communication between technology staff and educators within your school district.
The answer to the question in this post title may seem obvious: the tech team helps teachers by fixing their technology, right? Yes, that's true, but I would like to look at ways we can go beyond basic fixes. How can we make the process of repairing technology more efficient? Less painful? As I mentioned in the first post, the key to making this happen is effective communication.
Patience, empathy, and word choice are very important when techs are sharing information with teachers. Computer techs must be skilled at communicating simply and clearly, both on the phone and in person. Here are some ways to create awesome correspondence from techs to teachers.
Yes! Effective communication is the key that helps you deepen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision making, and problem solving. It enables you to communicate even negative or difficult messages without creating conflict or destroying trust.
When you hear the word ‘key’ several words may come to mind; lock, unlock, guard, protect. Communication has been important for years. We have gone from telegrams and the Pony Express to USPS (or "snail mail" as it is called today), email and IM. It has gone from taking months or days to instant answers to questions you have. In order to have effective communication you need to understand the keys that unlock those doors.
In this blog series, we will look at ways to strengthen communication between technology staff and educators within your school district!
Let’s face it. The day is rapidly approaching when every student, in every school, across the country will using a device in school. Or, for that matter, TWO devices! Many districts have already started the process of embracing this reality and shifting towards more digital learning environments.
This road has been bumpy for most, if not all, of us who are at some stage of the transition. How has this process been for you? Has it been smooth sailing? Rocky and tumultuous? A little scary? Most likely, a little of each.
Any district delving into digital learning ultimately wants to do it well. ISTE knows this and developed the Essential Conditions for Effective Technology Integration. There are thirteen essential conditions in all. Below are three key elements derived from those that must be present to establish a foundation for success.