What The Heck Is An ITRT?

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Tells teachers in VA what the ITRT position is all about.

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  • How many of your students know more than you do whenever dealing with technology? Technology doesn’t have to be Just another thing to do but shouldn’t be the main focus of instruction but used to enhance instruction
  • What The Heck Is An ITRT?

    1. 1. What the Heck is an ITRT? Larry Blodgett Melodi Power Melissa Rollosson Paul Becker
    2. 2. An ITRT… <ul><li>provides on-site and on demand assistance for fellow teachers to create different forms of learning and teaching with the help of technologies. 1 </li></ul><ul><li>seeks to improve student learning by showing teachers the thoughtful applications and best practices of these new tools. 1 </li></ul>1 Virginia Department of Education. Office of Educational Technology. Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and Technology Support Positions A Handbook for School Divisions.
    3. 3. The Value of ITRTs: <ul><li>Indications show that ITRTs, carefully chosen and wisely used, are more effective in helping teachers incorporate technology into teaching and learning than any other form of professional development. 1 </li></ul>1 Virginia Department of Education. Office of Educational Technology. Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and Technology Support Positions A Handbook for School Divisions.
    4. 4. ITRT Time Management ≤ 1% Maintain records ≤ 4% Minor troubleshooting ≤ 10% Communicate progress ≤ 15% Meet with administrators ≥ 70% Assist teachers Percent of time Task
    5. 5. The Problem <ul><li>ITRT position is new </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers (and administrators) don’t know what ITRTs do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 ITRTs, 11 schools, 100s of teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ITRTs don’t know teachers’ needs </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. The Challenge <ul><li>To provide adequate training and support to bring teachers at every point of the continuum from technophobia to technomania to an adequate level of technical expertise so learning goals can be met. 1 </li></ul>1 Virginia Department of Education. Office of Educational Technology. Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and Technology Support Positions A Handbook for School Divisions.
    7. 7. The Ultimate Goal <ul><li>Teachers and students, alike , use technology effectively. However: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers are “ digital immigrants ”. We have learned to use it but are not always comfortable with it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have grown up with technology and are therefore “ digital natives ” and are far more comfortable with technology. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. The Solution <ul><li>Door to door “sales” </li></ul><ul><li>“How-to” workshops and professional development </li></ul><ul><li>One-on-one training </li></ul><ul><li>Online training </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling of new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative resource development </li></ul><ul><li>Needs assessment (survey) </li></ul>
    9. 9. What’s the Point? <ul><li>Technology enables: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students to become motivated, engaged and learn actively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore, discover and produce knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students to become proficient in technology literacy skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance-based assessments </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Not sure about that? Consider this…

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