The five areas that technology coordinators must address are
all very closely related. I believe that
if one of the five areas falls short, the others will be greatly affected. Maintaining familiarity with all the areas
also seems to make long term planning and expectations more obtainable.
The Otto-Eldred School District has two technology coordinators that
provide an enormous service in the high school, elementary school, and in the
district office. The lead technology
coordinator determines the necessity of supplies, network materials, and
software that is advantageous for the upcoming school year. The main
coordinator directs the second coordinator based on the help tickets and
repairs needed throughout the district. The two coordinators are greatly
skilled individuals. Their leadership in taking the roles to repair and maintain
our equipment is more than a school district could ask for. However, I am
hesitant that the coordinators are driven enough to demonstrate and encourage more
advanced technology progression that the district could potential advance to
using. The hesitation of advancement in technology is not strictly influenced
by the technology coordinators. I believe
that budget restraints also contribute to lack of new technology being
purchased. The main technology coordinator reports
directly to our superintendent.
Together, they make the determined budget and future technology plans
for the future year in the district.
The Technology Coordinator Issue Model “shows five major areas of
leadership and responsibility shared by all technology coordinators.” (Frazier)
The five areas are teaching and learning, end user support, planning and
budgeting, network operations, and administrative computing.
The description of teaching and learning aspect provides the teachers
with the instruction, skills, and equipment to use technology in their date to
day classroom activities and curriculum.
The integration of software that works well in the classroom to provide
the teacher with supplemental resources is very importation. When using the software, providing a teacher
with the instruction on how to use the software, the teacher may then provide
instruction to the class of students in a lesson with the technology. In addition, the students have the opportunity
to learn that using the technology is beneficial.
Desktop support is needed to enable the district to purchase the most functional
technology for the faculty, staff and administrators. The areas of technology included for this
support are any desktops, laptops, tablets, and software. Also included are any software updates that
are needed to maintain functionality of the equipment.
I believe that the desktop support and the administrative computing are
very closely related. Together they complement
one another. The desktop support
functionality must be in top condition for the administrative computing to
operate and provide the information to the faculty, staff, and administrators
as needed. If one system is not working
correctly, the other may not be able to perform and provide the district what
Technology planning and budgeting are not simple processes. It takes an understanding of all the equipment
and technology throughout the district to plan and prepare a budget for
technology in a school district. To
provide service and maintenance for all areas, the department must work together
to evaluate what repairs, replacements, and upgrades are the most needed. This must also be done with consideration to
expense and budget.
The last area of leadership and responsibility discussed is the network
operations. Network operations involve
all of the previous discussed areas. In
teaching and learning, the technology must work with the network to perform the
tasks by the teachers. In the desktop support, they all must connect to the
network and maintain the information that is accessed on a daily bases as the administrative
computing. Finally, the technology
planning and budgeting is also important for the network operations. If the planning and budgeting were not
involved with the network operations, how would network repairs be done.