You’re never going to get the right tools in your class if you don’t ask for them. You’re not going to have a voice in a school-wide procurement process if you don’t raise it. And you won’t be given the right training on the tools your school uses unless you tell admins where you need support.
This is why it’s crucial for educators and technology professionals to keep talking.
The more a technology director or coordinator can understand the needs of a classroom, the better he or she can match tools to that experience and provide the right professional development.
If you’ve already got a solid rapport with your tech team - yes. Keep doing what you’re doing. Maybe you have a regular meeting time or a GChat group or a discussion space somewhere. Whatever it is, rock on.
If you’re feeling lost when it comes to your school edtech and you don’t have the desired relationship with the people who select and maintain your school technology, start with one email.
We’ll even get you started with some boilerplate e-mail language to get rolling - make it your own and customize it to what's happening at your school. The most important thing is that you begin a dialogue and make the gap between the classroom and the keepers of the edtech smaller.
Dear [tech admin] - I’m enthusiastic about doing more with technology in my classroom and getting more comfortable with the tools we have access to.
If there was any way I could be more supportive of the school-wide edtech research process - or share with you things that have worked really well in my classroom - I’d love to do so.