Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It's all about teaching...even if it's teachers!

I am thrilled to be sharing with you all that I have recently interviewed, been offered, and accepted a position as the Instructional Facilitator of Technology Integration for the Oak Harbor School District (OHSD)! I do not officially take over this role until June 17th, but my mind is already racing with all that it will entail. I believe it will be a great opportunity to apply so much of my graduate studies, as well as to grow in my understanding and application of new technologies.

The low down...

Our school district is in the midst of some reorganization due to an increase in Levy funds and was able to reinstate a Director of Teaching and Learning. Within this department there are several Teachers On Special Assignment (TOSA) for literacy and math. The district is also transitioning from a readiness model of technology integration to an equity model giving a whole new meaning to this position and the expectations for teachers within the OHSD. With all these changes, my position is also undergoing a transition and is being reinvented within the Teaching and Learning Department instead of within Information Services. My position, in "shorthand," is the Technology TOSA.

I am excited to be a part of these inspiring changes and know that we will ultimately be better preparing our students for college and career readiness. Currently, my three main roles as a Technology TOSA are:

- Plan, implement, and evaluate a teacher technology training program for the OHSD
- Help establish a system and platform for moving curriculum materials and resources online
- Manage records, data, resources for the Department of Teaching and Learning

These three main jobs will involve much more than meets the eye, but it is the best I can do to explain the position at this point and time. I am sure I will have more insight to share as I formally transition into the position at the conclusion of the school year and begin to delve more deeply into the needs and goals of our district in regards to technology.

This blog will continue to be focused on young learners and how technology can be successfully integrated within the early childhood classroom. Although, I might not be able to resist the urge to post a really neat find for all ages on occasion every now and then!

Thank you to all my readers who have been following me on this journey so far! I look forward to being able to bring you more resources and strategies for integrating technology in your classroom!