Technologist in Residence
As school budgets shrink and more demands are made on your staff, technology training and support needs are often overlooked. Our Technologist In Residence staff, a group of retired teachers, school administrators and tech coordinators is here to help. They will provide Professional Development based on years of experience working with students and teachers. They visit when it is convenient for you and your staff, whether it is daily, weekly or monthly visits they will help you make sure your technology is being used to implement your technology plan.
The primary function of the Technologist-in-Residence (TIR) is to make a measurable difference in the skill level of a school’s teaching staff in integrating technology into the classroom, be it a traditional, flipped or blended environment. The TIR is readily available during the school day to work with, instruct, inspire, and support teachers in meeting their individual technology needs. The TIR quickly recognizes a fitting technical solution to enhance the lesson, project and/or activity and shares it with the individual or team of teachers. The role is designed to motivate, stimulate and lend confidence to teachers through just-in-time, one-on-one or small group instruction. The TIR provides on-site, customized and individualized technology assessment, training, consulting and support.
The TIR’s skill set includes:
- Working knowledge of computer operating system(s), browser(s), email packages, internet access, and educational software.
- Working knowledge of computer hardware (PC or Mac) and troubleshooting techniques.
- Communication, organization, and documentation skills
- Experience with adult training and understanding of education and school cultures.
- Flexibility, understanding and PATIENCE.
Customize your TIR’s responsibilities to meet your individual school/classroom needs. Responsibilities can include:
- Preparing schools and teachers to be ready for the mandated online testing.
- Thorough knowledge of school’s most widely used educational software and apps
- Thorough knowledge of school’s most widely used hardware and peripheral devices (e.g. computers, tablets, projectors, document cameras, video cameras, digital cameras, etc.)
- Maintaining log of teachers trained, type of training, and most prevalent issues
- Maintaining TIR evaluation – each instructed teacher completes brief on-line evaluation
- Preparing data for staff – introducing self/position, outlining support services and providing tech information pertinent to and of interest to school staff
- Maintaining a schedule outlining blocks of teacher sign-up times including before/after school and lunch
- Attending training sessions considered necessary by school administration to become familiar with upgrades, new developments and school standards and philosophy
- Providing email/online support
- Creating and posting support materials such as step-by-steps, PPT’s, and cheat sheets
- Teaching classes on or off site as needed
- Promoting integration of technology into all aspects of school’s culture
- Maintaining familiarity with advances in instructional software, hardware and related literature
- Maintaining regular contact with administration and consulting and serving as knowledgeable resource in regard to staff’s level of technology integration
Select from a flexible school year schedule:
- 3 to 6 hours per day
- 1 to 5 days per week