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Interview With Technology Leader

  1. 1. Interview with Technology Leader Wayne Knepp ITEC 545 University of Mary Washington
  2. 2. Interview <ul><li>Pete Zicari </li></ul><ul><li>ITRT Post Oak Middle and Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary School </li></ul><ul><li>Spotsylvania County Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Date of Interview: 27 October 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background Information/Qualifications <ul><li>Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education </li></ul><ul><li>Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Design with focus in Instructional Technology </li></ul><ul><li>6 years teaching experience Computer Concepts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In order to be ITRT, must have minimum 5 years successful teaching experience and demonstrate competency as a classroom teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being able to successfully integrate technology is a plus </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Vision for technology <ul><li>To prepare kids to be successful in the 21 st century and provide them with the skills they need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology is a large part of this </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The vision is still building </li></ul>
  5. 5. Funding <ul><li>Money for new technology comes mainly from the school board </li></ul><ul><li>Money is set aside to aid the ITRTs in professional development to better help them integrate technology </li></ul><ul><li>A significant amount of money came from a bond voted on by the community </li></ul>
  6. 6. New technologies <ul><li>New technologies are generally chosen through trial runs/pilot schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ie. Smartboards – each school received a few and as teacher use and interest increased, more units were purchased </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Current technology in use <ul><li>At least 1 desktop PC in every room </li></ul><ul><li>Laptops (POMS has approx. 120 in mobile carts) </li></ul><ul><li>Smartboards and projectors (almost 1 projector per classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Personal response systems (clickers) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Technology planning <ul><li>Plan with teachers, departments, grade levels </li></ul><ul><li>Will develop lessons based on the curriculum map to help teachers see how technology can be used in the classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Model use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Involvement based on teacher comfort level </li></ul>
  9. 9. Possible activity <ul><li>Science class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a pamphlet for an energy conservation group that will be used in a proposal to a committee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Technology can’t be the lesson. Technology has to fit into the lesson” </li></ul><ul><li>- Pete Zicari </li></ul>
  10. 10. Strengths and weaknesses <ul><li>Amount of technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Smartboard – some people use it as a projection screen and don’t learn the technology (weakness) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some teachers take the time to learn it and really enhance their lessons (strength) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limitations of technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Mobile laptops – allow access to information anywhere in the building (strength) when the batteries have power (weakness) </li></ul></ul>

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