Presentation on theme: "The Role of the Instructional Technologist Jennifer Schmucker University of West Georgia Summer 2005."— Presentation transcript:
The Role of the Instructional Technologist Jennifer Schmucker University of West Georgia Summer 2005
Introduction An Instructional Technologist has to wear many hats. Patience is probably the most important one. I believe that in order to gain the trust of teachers and students, an IT needs to show that they are willing to help in any way possible. This presentation serves as a model of the many hats worn by an IT in a school system.
Troubleshooter As a troubleshooter, an IT fixes and maintains the hardware and software equipment in his/her school. This can range from changing ink cartridges in printers to installing software.
Counselor As a counselor, an IT provides guidance to faculty, staff, and students in selecting appropriate software to complement the curriculum.
Teacher As a teacher, an IT provides continual professional development to faculty on integrating technology across the curriculum. An IT also provides instruction to students on using technology.
Student As a student, it is important for an IT to learn about the newest technologies. Participating in ongoing professional development could prevent an IT and most importantly a school from becoming behind the times.
Assessor As an assessor, an IT needs to become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of teachers, administrators, and students in regards to technology. A good way to do this is a needs assessment.
Resources Continuing the Professional Development of Educational Technologists and Information Specialists http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/thepoint/edtec.htm Invisible Educational Technologists http://www.usask.ca/education/coursework/802pape rs/caplan/invisible2.html