I was asked recently by former colleagues to help out a new teacher who has taken on a tech coordinator position at a Chicago charter school. I sketched out a few basic ideas for her in an email, and I thought I'd post it here as well. I wanted to give her some starting points without completely overwhelming her. I'm not sure if this is a tech coaching position focused on tech integration or if she'll be teaching technology skills to students as a prep. Hopefully, it's the former!
What other resources would you suggest?
- Join Illinois Computing Educators, the local affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education. Their web site is located at http://iceberg.org. This group holds a great annual conference in February in St. Charles, and several small mini-conferences throughout the year that are really good. (If you're not in Illinois, find out about your local ISTE affiliate!)
- Join Classroom 2.0, a site devoted to helping teachers learn about new and emerging technologies. This is a great place to ask questions and get advice from others. They also host a weekly webinar on Saturday mornings on various topics.
- Consider using Twitter as a networking tool. Follow other educators and their conversations to get ideas. Here's a list of suggested people to follow, some education related, some not. http://twitter.com/#/list/elemenous/recommended
- National Educational Technology Plan (make sure to check out the full version with examples)
- K12 Horizon Report
- Technology Integration Matrix
- Edutopia - Technology Integration
- School Computing Wikia - Integration Examples