Onboarding your school with new technology this fall? Here's five tips to get started from Nate Waite, Secondary Technology Integration Coach and Google for Education Trainer, Churchill County School District.
- Consistency is so important. First, get everyone on the same page.
Then, make sure teachers communicate a consistent message to students about why they are being monitored in class.
- Approach training as a gradual progression by breaking it into segments.
The first session only needs to be 30 minutes. Treat it like an ice cream sundae – one layer at a time to avoid making learning new software overwhelming.
- Make training fun, simple and interactive!
Set-up test accounts with villain names to keep the room entertained. Assign teacher and student roles during the practice session for hands-on learning so teachers can try using the software amongst their peers before using it in the classroom.
- Choose a solution that is easy-to-use and integrates easily into your current systems.
This will save IT time and make the onboarding process for IT and teachers much easier.
- Give teachers confidence to use technology for instruction.
Empower teachers by making training a positive experience by understanding that many teachers are nervous at first when learning new software. Show teachers how they can use software to provide positive feedback to students, while keeping them engaged and on-task with just a few simple steps. Let them know that the software will enhance the good things happening in the classroom; not distract from it.
Churchill County School District uses Netop Vision classroom management software to keep students safe and on-task while managing Chromebooks.
Nate Waite is a Secondary Technology Integration Coach and Google for Education Trainer at Churchill County School District. A former teacher of Spanish and Biology, he has worked in education for 20 years. He is the go-to guy for anything connected to technology and learning. He leads training that empowers teachers to effectively teach with technology and students to effectively use technology for learning. He is excited to be launching a blended learning community at his school this fall with a large tech area and common areas for learning.