Over the duration of EDL 820 I have found myself thoroughly much more reflective in nature than in past classes. Thinking about the different leadership styles that are at our disposal when we are in roles that grant us the fragile ability to lead is daunting. What everyone in a leadership position needs to remember is that we have tools at our disposal that we can use in every situation. I start with leadership because in order to effectively implement the change that my partner, Scott, and I would like to integrate into education we need to use different strategies throughout our process. Whether that is in creating tutorial videos for ed tech programs, creating a briefing that we will use to sell our ideas to the staff, division, and ministry as well as our customers, parents and students, there will need to be qualities in our leadership that will need to shine through and some that we will need to put in our back pocket and save for a job more suited to that style. This is the juggling act that I enjoy as a people person.
This project has vastly opened my eyes to the processes that one goes through in order to implement a change within a business. Identifying factors that are currently working in ed tech in education and what was lacking was very telling that there is a gap that needs to be bridged. If there is to be sufficient use of ed tech programs with staff, students and their parents why wouldn’t there be a training process in place for each program? At least when one is given the basic functions of a program they are able to create and explore within it further and create work that is transformative as opposed to simply utilizing these tools as substitutions. This is simply outlined by the SAMR model and is one reason we would like to see a change in ed technologies training. If our educators were properly trained and used these programs such as Google Suites and what it has to offer there will be a greater buy-in from staff members as well as the student population.
In terms of funding for a program such as the one Scott and I are proposing there might be little, as educators we would be on the clock already being paid a salary wage, no loss there. There are also programs online that have assisted us with the ability to create video tutorials for each of the programs. Screencast-O-Matic is a free program that will record the screen and what you are working on. It had a 15 minute limit per recording but that makes it easy to break training tutorials into manageable chunks if need be. The downfall to this program is the ability to edit, you can pause the recording then record again but you need to have your content well organized in order to execute this well. It is an idea that Scott and I used in our major project, and we have been happy with the results of the tutorials we have created with Screencast-O-Matic. Funding that might be spent on a project such as this could then possibly go towards more devices for schools so that they are able to get closer to a 2:1 or 1:1 ratio for students.
With proper training in place, we will also see a shift in the resisting population of educators. When there is competency with technology-based programs resistors will start to become change promotors and will engage in further learnings with new technologies that may be used in the classroom, this is where we would have an educational technology community of practice. This is where a Laissez-Faire approach will benefit both Scott and I. We would be able to let other leaders within the realm of the division host their own training and sharing groups for ed tech programs they have found and want to learn more about. With the different community of practices in place, staff will be furthering their competencies with other educational supportive programs and garnering a greater curiosity among colleagues from across the division.
Ultimately Scott and I have created the crucial beginnings of a program that could have a great impact on ed tech training. I like to think of it as that crucial first domino that is being knocked over to create proper training for ed tech programs that educators are able to utilize in their classrooms. Once this is done it creates a model for future training in newer technologies for teachers. It is difficult and stressful for teachers to use these programs when there is little to no training for them. In our eyes, this will be a great step in the right direction for education and technologies within it that will relieve teacher stress when trying to navigate them.