Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hello. I'm your ITC!



Hey Everyone!

I certainly hope your summer is going well. Undoubtedly summers can be short and sweet for all of us, and I certainly hope you've been able to slip in some R&R before the madness ensues.

My name is Jay R Aguda. I've had the privilege of meeting some of you in person, but if I haven't, I'd like to introduce myself.  I am your Instructional Technology Coordinator (ITC) here at Green Dot Public Schools! Yay!

Prior to this position I served as the Technology and Leadership teacher at Animo Justice CHS for 4 years. Like many of you, during my tenure at Justice I successfully developed and implemented a NETs-aligned, 9th Grade Computer Literacy curriculum from almost no resources (some of you are nodding your heads already. I know, right?). I've also had the great fortune of meeting and collaborating with many fantastic teachers (Tech and non-tech teachers) in the system to help build and refine this curriculum.

A fairly recent EdTechProfile (2006-2007) asked us teachers to respond with what we thought would be the most valuable type of tech PD. 34% of teachers asked for Basic Computer/Tech Skills, while a larger percentage, 66% needed help integrating technology into their own curriculum. It may also be important to note that only 39% of teachers actually reported. The survey was completed electronically and may only reflect teachers who felt comfortable using the computer to logon to the survey.

So, we need better Tech PDs for basic literacy AND more importantly Tech integration. Can I hear an Amen?

With those stats in mind, part of my responsibilities as ITC are directly related to teacher training (both technology teachers and core content teachers). Some of my instructional responsibilities include:
• Establish an environment which encourages creative and independent use of instructional technology throughout the school.
• Assist educators in planning for the use and integration of technology in the instructional program.
• Model effective uses of appropriate instructional technology in the classroom and the school media center for teachers and students.

In the coming months, I intend to create a Instructional Technology Cadre of tech and core-content teachers to serve as both a collaborative body and as an advisory committee to help develop an Instructional Technology plan to integrate technology into core-curriculum. This is still on the drawing board and in the preliminary stages of development, however if you are interested, please let me know. A list of qualifications will be posted soon.

In the meantime, if you are so inclined and are tech savvy, make sure to follow me on twitter: @mraguda and visit the instructional technology tech blog and portal site: http://teachers.mraguda.com for all the juicy details.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this email. I'm here for you should you need anything! If we haven't met yet, I hope to meet you personally in the near future.

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