I also like Paul's attempt to clarify and differentiate the various technology titles and job tasks. However, I continue (for myself at least) to have a problem with the "Tech Coordinator" title for someone charged with the tasks he lists: "(planning, policy, budgeting, wearing out chairs in meetings, etc)." You may recall me babbling about this a week or so ago.
Here is what the state means (or hopes to mean) by "Technology Coordinator":
Educational Technology Coordinator.
The holder is authorized to coordinate and manage all
aspects of the school or district's educational technology
program and infrastructure and to provide leadership
in the integration of educational technologies in the
teaching and learning process.
It's the final phrase of the above sentence I have problems with (again, in my case at least): I don't do educational integration; I do do the the stuff in Paul's list (and more). I'm just trying to keep myself from being pulled back into the educational side of technology. (I don't have much talent there, I'm afraid.) That's why I'm now called "Information Technology Director" instead of "District Technology Coordinator".
>In a message dated 10/8/02 2:58:40 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
><< Tech Support (computer installation/repair etc.)
>Network Administration (e.g., Novell or Windows Network Admin)
>Tech Coordinator/Director (planning, policy, budgeting, wearing out
>chairs in meetings, etc.)
>Computer Teacher (teaches general computer skills to all students K-12
>-- teacher contract)
>Tech Integration Specialist (teaches computer skills to professional
>staff -- possibly teacher contract)
>Lab Paraprofessional >>
>I like this list, keeping in mind as Paul pointed out elsewhere in his mail
>that these categories are not pure. Library-media specialists doubling as
>techies, network administrators doing tech support, etc. Even the FTE figure
>can be misleading. In Barre it can mean a 187-day teacher contract or a
>230-day administrator contract. Big difference. So maybe we need to be
>specific on days rather than using the FTE.
>So in Barre we have me, who does budgets, policy, supervision, planning, and
>wears out chairs for an entire year (260 days).
>one netork admiinistrator -230 days.
>one tech support - 230 days.
>0.4 tech support - two days/week year round.
>Then a computer teacher, 1.5 lab parparofessionals and other library
>paraprofessionals who deal with kids in the labs.
> Does someone want to take on the collection and regurgitation of this
>Barre Supervisory Union #61
>Barre VT 05641
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Information Technology Director
Montpelier Public Schools
58 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Voice: (802) 229-5355
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