2.- BECOME AN EDTECH SPECIALIST: DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
Over the past few years, I’ve talked to a lot of technology ‘specialists’. On your home turf (school), most of you reading this probably fall into the category of edtech specialist. I’ve been pondering what exactly it means to be an edtech ‘specialist’, and the conclusion that I’ve come to is that it doesn’t always have as much to do with the amount or type of technology knowledge and skills you have, but is more about how you put what you do know to use, and how you choose to share it. Even though many teachers think that they know about ‘some’ technology, they probably wouldn’t consider themselves enough of a tech geek to become an edtech specialist.
The handy infographic below takes a look at the ‘anatomy’ of an edtech specialist. You’ll see that even in the knowledge section of the anatomy chart, specific technology skills aren’t listed, though they could fall into one of the more general categories. Rather, you’ll see that many of the characteristics highlighted involve being a leader, a sharer, and a learner. Keep reading to learn more.
· Excellent interpersonal skills with staff, students, and parents
· Excellent communication skills
· Acknowledged leadership and collaboration skills
· Acknowledged ability to manage change
· Involved in continuous professional growth and leadership
· Sound understanding of 21st century skills in education
· Sound understanding of collaborative planning
· Sound understanding of inquiry based practices
· Up to date on current effective teaching practices with technology through professional development
· Demonstrate success in using 21st century skills in the classroom
· Demonstrate success in fostering a range of digital skills and attitudes in others
· Experience in leading others in a variety of contexts