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ERIC Number: ED485035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 7
K-12 Technology Coordinators: Expectations and Realities
Reinhart, Julie; Slowinski, Joseph
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
This paper reports the findings of an exploratory study that investigates what Technology Coordinators (TC) are expected to do and what they actually do. Schools have invested large sums of money on technology and they have high expectations for the educational outcomes associated with the use of such technology. A question then arises regarding the expectations of the TC whose job it is to coordinate or manage the school's technology. What are the expectations for the TC? Do the expectations match what the TC actually does? Our exploratory study examines the expectations and realities in detail. The results of this exploratory study indicate that there is a disconnect between the expectations and the reality of the TC's job. We present three main findings. First for a TC to succeed, they must have a clear, yet dynamic, job description that is widely disseminated within the educational community. Second, job descriptions should vary depending on the needs of the TC's educational community. Third, the TC needs time built into their schedule to afford them the opportunity to work on professional development (PD) projects.
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Occupational Information, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Change, Educational Technology, Professional Development, Coordinators, Staff Role
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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