Implementing Classroom Technology

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Classroom technology has gone a long way since computer labs and teacher desktop computers. Amazingly, this long way is only five years old in many cases. Technology moves so fast that it is a wonder that school districts are able to keep up. Technology departments are always on the look out to stay in front of the developments and keep districts on the cutting edge with devices and classroom instruction. This requires sound leadership and vision in order to achieve.
The first consideration in implementing classroom technology is selecting technology. A central feature in selecting technology is the device, and for many people when they think of technology they equate it with a device. However, technology is much more than that. Technology
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Classroom technology equipment must first and foremost meet the needs of the teachers and students. If that can be secured the next step is looking at cost for purchase, maintenance, and training. Cost should be looked at in terms of getting the most out of what is being spent. For example, in a large school forgoing the elaborate devices in favor of something more manageable will go a long way in keeping a positive budget with room for maintenance and training for staff and students.
Once the vision and equipment are secured, implementing the classroom technology is the next critical component. Training and professional development are the key factors a district can employ in order to harness the power of classroom technology. Additionally, communication with the community and school board is imperative so they are able to understand how implementation is going to impact the way teachers will be teaching, but also how students will be
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Support takes the form of a variety of entities. The first of which is supporting the infrastructure of the school. Access points and speed of internet is important for the devices to work to their capacity and in turn for the students to work to their capacity. Much of this work takes place over the summer months when temp support can be maintained and work be done in the classrooms.
Instructional support is important to transform the culture that we established before we even made the choice to select technology. Many districts are employing instructional tech coordinators and tech coaches to assist the faculty in using technology to drive instruction. Administration does their part by infusing technology into performance ratings and within the feedback to the teachers. They are careful to show that technology integration is about engagement.
There are many hands involved in selecting, implementing, and sustaining classroom technology. Technology directors lead the charge with their teams in providing infrastructure and support, but really everyone from the students to the teacher and even the community need to lend support the ensuring the classroom technology is reliable and effective for the

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