Beyond IT: The Changing Role of The School Technology Specialist | Remake Learning

Beyond IT: The Changing Role of The School Technology Specialist | Remake Learning

It wasn’t long ago that a tech specialist’s role in schools was to fix the white board when it broke. But today, as technology begins to permeate the classroom think 1:1 programs, tech specialists must not only fix what’s broken, but understand how to smartly integrate tech in the classroom as well. He’s no longer the “tech guy,” in other words, but a Chief Technology Officer CTO. And that means a much more central role in educators’ lives.Yet CTOs face significant challenges in today’s classrooms. School systems are notoriously difficult places for technology to gain a foothold. From rewiring antiquated buildings, to making the case for tech dollars in cash-strapped districts, to training teachers both to use the technology and to leverage its potential to transform student learning, the obstacles are high.And despite the growing role of technology in education, only about half of U.S. school districts have a full-time person dedicated to technology. In 2008, about 17 percent of districts had not designated any single point person to lead educational technology efforts.

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