2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2012 5:53 PM by wsullivan RSS

How do you make time to coach others in technology integration?

kallen Novice
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Finding time to meet with a teacher or teachers multiple times in one week is a key factor to success in technology integration at my school. How could you creatively tweak schedules to make that happen?

  • Re: How do you make time to coach others in technology integration?
    restabrook New User
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    I think the first step in integrating anything new like this is to create an interest in the technology by showing its potential - I've been at schools where the use of the technology was mandatory, and this turns a lot of teachers off. Once teachers are interested, they will be more willing to carve out the time to learn it. Ways I've seen this done:

     

    • using 1 hour of our two-hour weekly staff meeting to work with the technology hands-on
    • meet during lunch (special free lunch provided) once or twice a week for a couple of weeks
    • meet with teachers 15 minutes before school starts or for 15 minutes after school ends. Fifteen minutes doesn't seem like much, but if it's daily and on task, a lot can be accomplished.
    • assign teachers to groups of 2 or 3 (teachers with common preps if possible), one of which is somewhat of an expert in the technology, and have them find the time to meet 2 or 3 times during the week
    • set up on-line forums for teachers to post questions and help each other with the new technology
    • schedule an assembly for students so teachers involved with the technology can meet at that time

     

    I hope this helps!

    ~Ruth

  • Re: How do you make time to coach others in technology integration?
    wsullivan New User
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    I teach technology at our Elementary school so I get to see both students and teachers in my computer lab every day.  To generate interest in the technology, I will go into a classroom and use different types of technology to teach on of their daily lessons.  Once I have a teacher's interest, I will continue to "coach" them during his/her class computer lab time.  If the technology is district mandated, I will schedule a couple of training days after school for teachers to come in and spend an hour learning and working with the technology.

    Past that, I generally try to send out a short newsletter about twice a month with ideas, links and tips from other teachers to try and keep them thinking about more integration into their classrooms.

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