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Educators as Accidental Techies


Lisa Colton's sixth presentation for the NATE/JEA social media series.

Lisa Colton's sixth presentation for the NATE/JEA social media series.

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  • 1. Social Media Series
    For Jewish Educators
    In conjunction with NATE and JEA
    Presented by Lisa Colton,
    Founder & President Darim Online
  • 2. Goals
    Understand how your perspective is valuable beyond your job description;
    Why using your knowledge helps your org, and the Jewish people;
    How to influence your organization in a positive way;
    How to begin the conversations, have a shared language;
    Use your peers for support!
  • 3. Ultimate Goal
    Help your organization evolve for success in the digital age -- for its own sake, for the sake of your school and for the sake of the people you reach and impact!
  • 4. The Accidental Techie
    “In the field of nonprofit technology, an accidental techie is an individual who has gravitated toward responsibility for an organization's information technology infrastructure, even though his or her professional training or job description did not include tasks of this kind.”
    -Webster’s Online Dictionary
  • 5. Barriers to Evolution
    Learning curve is too steep
    You are in the business of learning!
    Perceived risk is greater than potential reward
    You’re always trying new things!
    Don’t see how “rules of the game” are changing
    Evidence of “new rules” are in front of you daily!
    Don’t extrapolate beyond the technology itself
    You know technology isn’t the magic bullet!
    Need for everyone to be on the same page
    You know how to steer a group!
  • 6. Learning Curve
    Those who may be skeptical or resisting
    Save time & energy, better outcome, convenience!
    Feel confident! Have fun!
  • 7. Rethinking Risk
    Used to be change was riskier than
    the status quo
    Today, not changing may be more risky.
  • 8. New Rules of the Game
    • Attention Economy
    • 9. Add Value
    • 10. Authenticity + Transparency = Trust
    • 11. Understand, support and use networks. Connect people to one another.
    • 12. Be a platform for your mission, not the source of it
    • 13. Be nimble and adapt: change is the name of the game
    • 14. “Do what you do best, and network the rest.”
  • Go Beyond The Technology Alone:
    John Fitch’s Steam Engine
  • 15. Go Beyond The Technology Alone:
    John Fitch’s Steam Engine
  • 16. Get Everyone On The Same Page:
    Values, Assumptions, Pace, Goals,
    Measurements, Communication
  • 17. Educators are often the Accidental Techie
  • 18. Educators are often the Accidental TechieWhat do you want to do with this?How can you move your org forward?Where do you need help to do it?
    If you didn’t become a member of Darimwhen you signed up for this series, the 50% discount offer still stands through August!
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