Use Teacher Leaders To Maximize Technology Integration

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This year I have spent time working in a school district as part of my university duties. I have realized that there are teacher leaders and there are respected teachers. There are teachers who are well respected for what they do in their classes but they have very little influence on other teachers. There are teacher leaders who informally have much much influence in the school. Being an outside to the district, it has been hard to know who is whom.

I worked with many respected teachers but these teachers did not serve as central expansion into their grade level, team, or school. Although they did fantastic technology-based learning projects with their students, the word never got out. Their brilliant learning lights were hidden behind the doors of their classrooms.
I did work with a few teacher leaders. As soon as they found out about a great technology integration application, they would tell others or bring them in to see it. The other teachers would follow the lead of the teacher.

If you are in a school, identify those teacher leaders and concentrate on them. They can become the biggest advocates for integrating technology. They can create meaningful ripples throughout the building. If you have a respected teacher who is also a teacher leader, then help that person’s light to shine brightly throughout the school.

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007


2 Responses to “Use Teacher Leaders To Maximize Technology Integration”

  1. 1 realstrings April 30, 2007 at 6:18 am

    Our college is meeting today to discuss how best to move our e-learning strategy forward. This post is perfect timing – I will link it in to our discussions.
    I feel that teachers have not (and are still not) being trained to integrate new technologies (21st Century learning or however you wish to identify it), so to bring about change there either has to be a re-training programme (and not just a quick afternoon of professional development) or an in-service support programme, where the teacher is helped in preparing schemes of work, lesson plans, assignments and materials that make best use of the huge change. Option 1 is not going to be popular with teachers, but I think option 2 is.

  2. 2 hgtuttle April 30, 2007 at 11:44 am

    I agree that embedded training is better. Sometimes teachers want to use a “new technology” in a very old way such as using a WIKI to archive students’ writing on a class topic or using videoconconferencing to deliver lectures. A challenge is how to help teaches to see new possibilities for learning, new classroom strategies made possible by technology.

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