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SCHOOL-IT March 2012

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Re: Technology Personnel

From:

"Craig Lyndes @ wcvt.com" <[log in to unmask]>

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School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:28:10 -0400

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Keith,

I'm sorry to hear about your job!  Last year I felt I was in a similar
position.

It reinforced how necessary it is for all of us to be constantly
evaluating our priorities and keep our eye on how we are adding to the
success of our schools.  One trap I see is for the IT people to lose sight
of the overarching goals of the schools, educating students to be
successful in our modern world.  If you have a solid gold, 99.999999%
uptime network that is impossible for people to use and does not help
teachers meet educational goals, then I believe you are vulnerable to
someone who understands education and technology, not just technology.

That is the Achilles heel of "outside" IT consultants, they tend to just
focus on IT as if it is separate from the functioning of the school.  We
can outperform by making every decision with the goals of better education
in mind.

Keith, I hope your experience is like mine, when they finally look at the
details they realize how valuable you really are.

Craig Lyndes

> Glad to see that you are discussing this. I am currently on a full-year
admin contract and have been for five years. In January, I learned that
next year's budget would not include my position. I guess I was an easy
target for Act 153 initiatives.....centralizing services. I had no
seniority nor union protection. We might see a move towards a "business
model" in which schools are supported from the outside. Something to
watch for.
>
> Keith Nemlich
> Technology Coordinator
> Manchester Elementary Middle School
> 80 Memorial Avenue
> Manchester Center, VT 05255
>
> 802-362-1597  ext. 1003
> cell - 802-779-6487
> tech@ <http://goog_1082480770/>mems.mojohelpdesk.com
>
>
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> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> This is indeed a sticky question when people have multiple roles, and I
have spent a great deal of time on this issue over the past 16 months.
>>
>> IMHO:
>>
>> Integration roles that include curriculum development, instruction and PD
>> to meet instructional goals should A) be endorsed Ed Tech Specialists
B) contracted as any other certified teachers. A comparison of job
responsibilities and endorsement criteria may be helpful here. The
endorsement is a recognition of Ed Tech as a specialized instructional
role.
>>
>> Technician/Tech Support roles (PC maintenance, etc) should be
contracted as other classroom support/IA staff are, however salaries
should reflect specialized training & experience (eg. not the same as
an entry-level IA)
>>
>> (Can-O-Worms) System Administrators could possibly be considered
"confidential employees" (access to confidential info like school email
stream) as well as being in supervisory roles, and as such may need to
be
>> contracted separately as "Administrators"
>>
>> Yes, VT Schools seem to be all over the map and we would certainly benefit
>> from consistency!
>>
>>
>> *Eric Hall
>> Technology Coordinator*
>> *Waterbury/Duxbury School District*
>> *Washington West SU*
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM, Cathy Alger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> This is interesting.****
>>>
>>> I was wondering if anyone has ever done one on what type of contract tech
>>> staff are put into? Teacher? Support Staff? Separate entity?****
>>>
>>> Cathy****
>>>
>>> ** **
>>>
>>> *From:* Matt Henchen [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>>> *Sent:* Monday, March 26, 2012 1:33 PM
>>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>>> *Subject:* Re: [SCHOOL-IT] Technology Personnel****
>>>
>>> ** **
>>>
>>> Sharon,
>>> I know of two that have been done this year.
>>>
>>> I sent out the first one (copied below)
>>>
>>> "Greetings Fellow Techies,
>>>
>>> I'm not sure if this has been done before, but we are looking for data
that can help us determine what the appropriate level of support for
technology use in our schools might look like.  We were hoping that
you would be willing to share some basic information about the level
of technology and tech support in your school/district.  Please take a
moment to fill out the following Tech Support
>>> Survey<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dElrUktXVnFGYlBKU3F3b0dyUmJIYmc6MQ>.
The results can be used by all of us to start a larger discussion on
appropriate staffing and technology infrastructure required to meet
the needs of 21st century education.
>>>
>>> The survey results will be available to all at
>>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmPk95_6yXPIdElrUktXVnFGYlBKU3F3b0dyUmJIYmc.
>>>
>>>
>>> Thank you for your time."
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> And Steve Webster sent out the second (again, copied below)
>>>
>>> "Hi, all, ****
>>>
>>>  ****
>>>
>>> I know we've all answered some of these questions in the past, but would
>>> you please complete this quick, 7-question survey?****
>>>
>>>
>>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFRyN2I0RllDNXd1cjVETG1rcllEWnc6MQ
****
>>>
>>>  ****
>>>
>>> Click here to view the results.****
>>>
>>>       Summary:
>>> https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewanalytics?formkey=dFRyN2I0RllDNXd1cjVETG1rcllEWnc6MQ
****
>>>
>>>      Raw Data:
>>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aoiv_xyI0VcwdFRyN2I0RllDNXd1cjVETG1rcllEWnc
****
>>>
>>>  ****
>>>
>>> Thanks very much,****
>>>
>>>  ****
>>>
>>> Steve "
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ****
>>>
>>> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM, Osier, Sharon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:*
>>> ***
>>>
>>> I know in the past someone gathered information about the number of
technology personnel each school has along with other technology
information but I canít seem to find it.  Does someone have this
information that they are willing to share?  ****
>>>
>>> Thanks,****
>>>
>>> Sharon****
>>>
>>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------**
**
>>>
>>> Sharon Osier****
>>>
>>> Director of Technology ****
>>>
>>> Colchester School District****
>>>
>>> 125 Laker Lane****
>>>
>>> Colchester, VT 05446****
>>>
>>> (V) 802-264-5726****
>>>
>>> (C) 802-598-5942****
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>>>  ****
>>>
>>>  ****
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Matt Henchen
>>> Social Studies Teacher, Technology Integrationist
>>> Web Coordinator
>>> Harwood Union Middle/High School
>>> (802) 324-4521
>>> www.vermonteducator.com
>>>
>>> Scan here for my contact information...
>>> ****
>>>
>>
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