When encountering a challenge/opportunity/problem to solve, my brain immediately begins to reflect on whether or not the structures for success are in place. These are the flow charts I see in my mind.
The next step is then considering whether or not, the flow chart can be put into place to create organization, with seamless two-way communication and follow-through.
Enter the fine folks who have willingly joined our district-wide "TechNet" to collaborate, share, and embrace these opportunities together.
I am one Technology Trainer in a district with 13 buildings. Each person's technology knowledge has limits and these TechNet representatives each share their incredible knowledge of what works, doesn't work, and their dreams of where we want to go.
I encourage anyone supporting buildings to create a Network. Not a committee necessarily, but a network. A network is "a group or system of interconnected people or things."
The steps are simple:
1. Work with building leaders to gather names of possible tech-interested staff
2. Send a personal invitation-just asking makes people feel special
3. Express the desire to create an INTERCONNECTED network; everyone learns and shares
4. Hold a first meeting to define the purpose and vision of the network
5. SHARE! Collaboration in and out of the network meetings should be encouraged
6. Communication is key and needs to be done on a regular basis: I post to a Google Group and Twitter @bcpsedtech at least once a week with updates, and have started this blog
7. Be present and out in buildings, perhaps holding "Drop In Days" for on-demand tech support
In the end, if we are interconnected, that impacts all, and especially the students we serve, which is really what matters most.
Peace, Joy and Tech!