My close, personal friends know that I have had some frustrations with my school district’s technology management in the past. I will not enumerate my frustrations here.
In this first week of teacher workdays, which are scheduled before the start of the kids’ school year and called “inservice days,” my district has introduced us to several new software packages. These replace other software packages that we will no longer be using for various reasons.
As a teacher who uses “technology” often both in class and outside of it, I can immediately see both advantages and disadvantages to the various new systems. I can also see things that I have counted on being able to do for the past several years becoming impossible.
I am hoping to mend my past differences with the district technology management, and I am going to suggest that a teacher focus group or study committee or whatever the proper name would be, be established so that we can help the district determine how to help the classroom teachers most effectively use technology to accomplish their goals with students. Right now, I don’t think that happens.
I really want a voice in this.
My beloved husband, who works in a university supporting professors in their technology use, considers that if he isn’t enabling his professors to accomplish what they want to, he is failing at his job. I am hoping to be a voice that will help myself and my colleagues get the functionality we need within the means of the district.
Wish me luck!