For my 20% project, I will focus on educators. I want to create a website that provides additional resources, help videos, and a place for educators to submit their specific questions. Since I have recently taken on the position of School Technology Integration Specialist, my administrators have asked me what I can do to help our teachers integrate more technology in the classroom in which the students are using the technology. We also want to provide support and resources for the teachers, but not overwhelm them. My job is to figure out a way to provide this support so that adding technology does not seem like more being added to their job, but rather invigorates the lesson.
I plan to use my school site to host the page, but depending on the settings, I might change to a google site. I hope to complete this website with multiple resources by the beginning of November, but to continue adding to the website throughout the years. I am also hoping to include my STLP students in this project. They might be able to find resources for their class, provide feedback on ways to integrate technology in their current classes, and have students create short tutorial videos. Students have previously held “classes” for the community and presented at our district TeachMeet. There was low attendance which was discouraging for the students. This might be another project that is similar, but is more rewarding for students and more beneficial for educators.
Since I was on the committees at the district level for integrating technology with students using the technology and the long term technology plan, I have an idea of what the district wants, but I need to have more in depth conversations with those in my building to provide the support for my teachers. My plan is to meet with each PLC at school to get their specific needs. Since this site is for the staff at my school, I want to ensure that I have their feedback and needs, rather than create a site that no one will use. I also plan to use the SAMR model since that was one big push in our district last year.
I am excited to take on this new role, and I think this site will be a perfect way to begin providing the support without overwhelming them.