Bridging the Gap between Technicians and Teachers

After school today I saw a tweet discussing technology staff development and clicked the link. It took me to a live blog where technology was being discussed by a group of USA teachers who seem to work for the same district.
The gist of their discussion was about bridging the gap between technicians and teachers. The discussion proved interesting as contributors fed their stories of programmes to entice teachers and techs into online networks, blogs, summer camps, overtime etc. My suggestion was a teachmeet, the unconference lubricated with drinks and nibbles. This seemed to be dismissed as a ‘techmeet’ and some attendees weren’t convinced by the alcohol approach. Obviously this is a new concept to America, or at least to this forum.
I think it is necessary to bridge this gap between technicians and teachers. As a middle man listening to the woes of both sides (but with authority over neither) I think it would be interesting to have them follow the same working agenda – TO KNOW WHAT THE OTHER IS DOING!
Why can’t technicians blog about the work they’re doing? Or better still use a twitter-like service, yammer for example. It might be helpful to know what technicians are doing through the day, or they could send messaqges when they are repairing some hardware, installing software, fixing this or that or researching something else. In turn it would be good for the technicians to hear about teachers using tech in the classroom; things that go right and, of course, wrong.
Connecting these bodies of personnel might help quite a lot in developing the use of technology in the classroom. I’m sure this idea is riddled with flaws but I like the spirit of it; I feel the potential it has for bringing these disparate workers together.
Bridging the Gap between Technicians and Teachers

3 thoughts on “Bridging the Gap between Technicians and Teachers

  1. Dook says:

    One of my favourite sessions is explaining about effective communication in schools. Covering things such as online helpdesk, journals, emails, it goes on … but no matter how hard a tech tries to communicate about what is going on, unless there is a culture of communicating and sharing then it can be an uphill struggle. Perhaps introducing those that took part to things like Becta’s FITS could help?

  2. andy black says:

    try round table.
    if your a teacher and kit doesnt work you lose your kids lesson repsect etc.
    If your a technician and teaching staff ignore you until they’ve got a problem why should they both.
    Ive been a teacher run a tech team and been the interface between curriculum and technical staff . They’ve both got a point but they just dont think from the other side .

    I do a really neat workshop based on getting these communities to work together .

  3. Kristin Hokanson says:

    You actually got a chance to “listen in” on a session at our state ed tech conference. What was interesting is that many of us do “know one another” through some of the initiatives through the state. Great post…thanks for joining us!

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