We recently encouraged our fine readers to get a conversation started with their friendly neighborhood technology admin. We even created an email template to spark that dialogue.
So….what now? Perhaps you’ve set a time or developed a system to check-in with one another. How do you use it? What information is relevant? How can teachers get on the same page with admins about edtech, classroom needs, features, platforms, and training?
A few thoughts on that.
Here’s What’s Happening in My Classroom
If you’re the educator at the table, one of the best things you can do is talk about what you’re doing in your classroom. Before you talk about the platforms and tech tools you like and don’t like, just talk about the current state of affairs.
Here are the tools I’m using. Here’s how I’m using them. Here’s why.
Here Are the Pain Points
This talking point goes both ways. During your check-ins, make space to highlight the obstacles you’re facing and see how the unique perspective of your counterpart can help you tackle those challenges.
There is a lack of digital equity across my students; I know a handful of them have limited internet access outside of school.
My students all have internet access outside of school, but I don’t have a clear, reliable system to reach and engage them.
I want to provide x type of feedback, but I find it challenging to do so while using our chosen student information system for grading.
There are budgetary restraints.
We want to see classrooms using the same student communication tools to create continuity class-to-class and to reinforce a single space where students go for everything. We’ve got to check a lot of boxes with that one tool.
The tools we select for school-wide implementation must sync with Google Apps for Education or a certain student information system.
Here’s Where I Want to Go
Possibly the most important part of your convo should be about classroom goals. What do you want to do with your students that isn’t happening yet? And is there a way that technology could support this goal?
Laying out your goals will make it easier for any technology professional to understand the end game; he or she will get the big picture. Suddenly, it’s not that you really want to use x tool or get access to y feature. It’s that you want to accomplish something unique or create a specific experience for your students.