Sunday, October 30, 2016

All in a Week's Work

           As I work on a few sessions for the upcoming Campus Technology Specialist Academy in Austin, I was thinking about the nature of this position and how much variety there is in this job.
For example, two weeks ago, my week started like this: Monday started off with a quick video project at one of my high schools as I helped with a flipped professional development for the staff. I then helped students log into their Google accounts in a lab for a Spanish activity and tweeted out some shots of another class doing work in front of the library green screen. Tuesday found me at the monthly Principals meeting delivering sessions for the innovative leaders of our district based around the ISTE Standards for Administrators and highlighting the flipped learning work of the principals. I then taught a session on Canvas basics for the CTE teachers at the alternative school before heading to another high school on my way home to deliver some "loaner" iPads for the ASL teacher to video her sign language students for assessment. Today found me at a middle school, co-teaching for the first three class periods to help an ELA teacher and her 6th graders set up student blogs. A quick walk through the building helped me spotlight a Social Studies teacher on the district spotlight blog before I started locating and soliciting LEGO storykits from librarians and our LEGO rep for a Resource writing teacher.
           Every week brings new opportunities, new projects, and new learning, and I am struck by how diverse my work is as a digital learning specialist. I know that everyone in similar positions must juggle all of the different aspects of learning and teaching that come with this job, but I am sometimes amazed at the variety of work that I have the opportunity to do in a week. Designing, modeling, training, co-teaching, advocating, and researching all fall in the scope of my work and I love being a teacher, a learner, and a supporter. Because of the nature of this work, there is always more work to do, more things to learn, and more trainings to develop which is perfect for a Type A life-long learner. Time management skills and a growth mindset are essential to find balance and keep perspective when supporting hundreds of educators on different campuses. And, a strong and supportive district team is crucial to provide the structure, resources, and vision needed to be successful. So, as I prepare my sessions for others who understand the challenges and the rewards of this career, I hope I can provide opportunities for all of us to learn from each other.