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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

I stumbled upon a quick and easy way to help teachers with technology in their classroom and I want to share with all of you. I'm sort of a busy body and have a hard time staying in my room before school starts. Once I have my class ready for the day, I love to walk around the building and say hello to the people I work with and the students I see. Since I started my role as technology curriculum specialist, I've been stopping in my rooms and helping with tech questions. This has been one of the best ways for more to help teachers in my building. Here are some tips for an effective Tech Drive-By.

1. Give yourself time to help. If you are going to do a TDB, make sure you give yourself about 15 minutes of time before you need to get back to your class. This is important in case one person takes up all of your time; you still have time to get back to your classroom.

2. Branch out away from your room. It's easy to just help the teachers around your room, but it's better to get to the parts of the building far away. Teachers close by can pop in for help, but those at the other end of the building do not have that luxury.

3. Don't be afraid to just say hi. Sometimes I pop in and they do not need any tech help, but I'll stop and chat. While making small talk, I'll mention some of the fun things other teachers are doing and offer to help them try some of the new stuff when it's convenient for them. It's important to let teachers know you are available to help.

4. See the administrators. Administrators need tech support as well. It's nice to stop in and see if they need anything from time to time, and it's good to let them see you making your rounds.

5. Make a point to follow up. Always try to make a note to follow up with the teacher or admin. This can be in person or through email. It lets the people know they are still on the radar and you can help them if they have additional questions.

Doing a TDB takes some time up of my morning and I cannot do it every morning, but I have seen positive growth in teachers using tech since I've been able to pop in and talk to them. Consider adding the Tech Drive By to your morning.

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Erin Klein's picture
Erin Klein
Second Grade Teacher at Cranbrook Educational Community in Michigan
Blogger 2014

Nick,

I always enjoy your posts.

I love the idea of your TDB... simple and effective.

Cheers,

Erin

Lauren Teather's picture

This is a terrific idea. It's hard to always have time for everyone, but I'm sure the teachers in your school appreciate you checking in on them. Tech leaders need to be visible and accessible in exactly this way. Awesome - thanks for sharing.

Shasta Grimes's picture
Shasta Grimes
Technology Integration Specialist and 6th Grade History

I love the name. I recently started as a Tech Integration Specialist and have suggested we do this same thing. I'm glad I'm on the right track with my thinking....looks like it's working out great. Thanks for sharing!

Troy's picture
Troy
8th Grade U.S. History Teacher from Minnesota

Great idea, My school has recently started a 1 to 1 ipad integration with 8th grades. The staff at my school is terrified of adding new technology. Many of them don't want to put in the time to integrate the technology into their curriculum. I have been nominated as a volunteer iPad integration specialist. So far staff have not been receptive to professional development offered before school, after school or during prep periods. I have spent much of my prep time helping out other staff members start using the technology available to them. We only have 1 technology coordinator who has to cover 3 buildings. His job seems overwhelming trying to maintain our technology services and trying to teach staff how to use the technology. I am advocating that we add a technology curriculum specialist position. With that said I do think teachers in my school would respond well to a "Tech drive by."

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Stacey Komsa
6th grade English/Language Arts Teacher from Chestertown, MD

I think this is awesome. The tech department is often very busy during the year. They give us so many tools and ideas all at once in the summer, but once the school year starts, they are never to be found. Therefore, some of the equipment never gets used. How do you go about making sure you met every teacher? Do you set aside specific days?

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