Friday, January 18, 2008

Teacher tech advisor/coordinator

Our District currently has a stipend position at each school for "A/V Coordinator". This person is supposed to help with AV setups, toner order/replacement, tech supplies orders, etc. I would like to expand this position so that the AV Coordinator can be more of a technology helper for their school. In a perfect world, we would come up with some general criteria and then I would do a training for these teachers during the summer. I would then meet with them a few times a year to go over new topics, issues, etc. These teachers would get a laptop and a stipend for their troubles. The would be expected to help lead some staff development in their own school and help their fellow teachers with basic technology issues, questions, problems, etc.

Is anyone doing any thing similiar to this? Do you have any ideas that you can share? I am not expecting these teachers to become techs for their schools, but more of a first line of defense.

1 comment:

A.J. Tobia said...

We do something similar in our district.

Each school is assigned a Technology Coordinator. The Coordinators are compensated for hours worked outside of the regular school day.

The Coordinator position was created to provide the “first line” of support for the staff to use for any network problems they may have. The Coordinators’ responsibilities include training and assistance to all staff members in the following areas:

• District email
• Teacher Web Site
• Use of District Network • Use of the Internet
• Use of Microsoft Office Software
• Care, distribution, and retrieval of Smart Board Equipment
• Care, distribution, and retrieval of Laptop Computers and LCD projectors
• Maintaining the security of all portable technology equipment
• Maintaining an inventory of all school technology equipment
• Routine hardware maintenance
• Other technology related matters as may be required

It really helps free our techs from doing these trivial tasks. (Replacing mice,keyboards,monitors Making sure a switch is active etc.