I stumbled across a great blog posting about “tech drive-bys” by Nicholas Provenzano at Edutopia. As a former technology resource teacher, this post resonated with me because sometimes the simplest things can make a world of difference if you are a tech teacher who wants to help your colleagues incorporate technology into their instruction. I wanted to share a few of Provenzano’s great ideas as well as a few of my own with those of you that are trying to improve the use of technology in your schools.
1. Give yourself time to help. If you are going to do a TDB, make sure you give yourself about 15 minutes of time before you need to get back to your class. This is important in case one person takes up all of your time; you still have time to get back to your classroom.
2. Branch out away from your room. It’s easy to just help the teachers around your room, but it’s better to get to the parts of the building far away. Teachers close by can pop in for help, but those at the other end of the building do not have that luxury.
3. Don’t be afraid to just say hi. Sometimes I pop in and they do not need any tech help, but I’ll stop and chat. While making small talk, I’ll mention some of the fun things other teachers are doing and offer to help them try some of the new stuff when it’s convenient for them. It’s important to let teachers know you are available to help.
4. See the administrators. Administrators need tech support as well. It’s nice to stop in and see if they need anything from time to time, and it’s good to let them see you making your rounds.
5. Make a point to follow up. Always try to make a note to follow up with the teacher or admin. This can be in person or through email. It lets the people know they are still on the radar and you can help them if they have additional questions.
6. Display great technology projects for others to see. Students will enjoy seeing their work displayed, and this is a great way to prompt conversation about the cool technology projects by other teachers.
7. Support teachers in the moment. If you have a good rapport with the teachers in your building, you may want to stop by when you know they are using technology for instruction. You can cheer them on if everything is going well, or help them out if things are going a little sideways. Either way, be sure they recognize your visit as support.
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