In addition to supporting teachers with their new devices, I help identify their technology needs, suggest resources, and facilitate implementation. When we select technology resources, we’re looking for tools that solve particular challenges we are facing. Specifically, we choose ones that support classroom learning, help manage time-consuming tasks, and promote collaboration and transparency. With these goals in mind, here are some of our favorites:
Implementing technology in the classroom requires a great deal of planning and communication as well as ongoing support. We maximize success by ensuring that our monthly professional development days are designed to provide important context and teach new skills and that they include ample time for practice and sharing.
We begin with a 30-minute interactive presentation during which we model instructional strategies as well as technology tools and select resources. Teachers discuss what was presented and immediately put the lesson into practice within their PLCs. Our hands-on approach gives them time to talk about their specific goals, share challenges they’re encountering, experiment directly with the technology, and receive targeted support.
We’re proud of how far we’ve come with our technology integration and implementation, and we plan to continue developing and improving our program each year so we can give our students the very best preparation for life in the digital age.
About the author:
Kristi Shaffer is Director of Supervision and Instruction at Archbishop Hannan High School
In St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. She holds an M.Ed. from University of Maryland Global Campus and teaches French I and II. Connect with Kristi on Twitter at @MmeShaffer.
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