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Sounds great. Along the same line, awhile back, I contacted VITA-Learn
board members about a mentoring program for newly minted IT Coordinators,
Directors, and the like. We are fortunate in Vermont to have so many highly
respected technology leaders with years of experience managing IT and AT. I
would love to see VITA-Learn embrace the opportunity to guide/develop these
resources state-wide.

Susan Briere
Coordinator, IT Services
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
(802) 247-5757

On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 11:04 AM, Craig Donnan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I've send email to Paul Irish and Steve Jarrett on this concept to see if
> we can get Vita-Learn behind this bigger idea of supporting the technical
> professsions in the form of promoting training paths and generating
> interest in the roles that support the schools.
>
> Seems like that's the umbrella for this kind of a project.  Maybe a task
> force could work on this and collaborate with Workforce Development folks,
> and Economic Development folks on this track.
>
> Craig
>
> Craig Donnan, MA
> Systems Administrator
> Washington West Supervisory Union
> 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
> Waitsfield, VT 05673
> 802-496-2272 x120
> fax: 802-496-6515
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM, Susan Briere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Craig,
>>
>> Sounds like we're on the same page with Priority One being that
>> curriculum should be driving the technology. Without integration support
>> built-in it's difficult to know which technologies provide the most benefit
>> to the curriculum. I don't agree with Robin that there are two different
>> beasts. There is IT (tech support)  and AT (academic support) and they are
>> two faces of the same support system required for teachers, students,
>> staff, and administration to be successful.
>>
>> I love your idea of marketing the role via noteworthy/newsworthy media
>> outlets. I'm very willing to collaborate on articles, interviews, marketing
>> strategies, and more, to get information out to stakeholders. This is an
>> action-oriented, productive strategy. Let's expand on this and get folks
>> working together to educate the public on the role of technology
>> integration.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Briere
>> Coordinator, IT Services
>> Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
>> (802) 247-5757
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM, Craig Donnan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> Susan,
>>>
>>> Beyond UNDERSTAND the challenges that teachers/integrators face,
>>> technical staff needs to SERVE the curriculum needs (the basic mission of
>>> schools) as FIRST priority.
>>>
>>> If the priorities are straight, and the people can communicate
>>> effectively across these roles, then maybe that can go a long way toward
>>> making the enterprise work effectively.
>>>
>>> Solution to lack of good applicants for Tech Integration?  We need to
>>> write some articles for the mainstream press like VPR etc that market the
>>> role and the training process.  And - society needs to value education
>>> enough so that these kinds of jobs are compensated well and that there is
>>> confidence in the system as a whole, given school consolidation questions
>>> etc, that the jobs are sustainable and long-term.
>>>
>>> Craig
>>>
>>> Craig Donnan, MA
>>> Systems Administrator
>>> Washington West Supervisory Union
>>> 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
>>> Waitsfield, VT 05673
>>> 802-496-2272 x120
>>> fax: 802-496-6515
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Susan Briere <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Amy is describing the reality we are struggling with. I believe tech
>>>> support/network admins have a responsibility to understand the challenges
>>>> that teachers face integrating technology into instructional practice and
>>>> to be empathetic to their evolving roles. So, I'm not condoning traditional
>>>> techs who are viewed as isolated, non-communicators who treat their users
>>>> condescendingly. RNESU will continue to expect their tech support personnel
>>>> to work directly with teachers, and students, when the situation warrants.
>>>>
>>>> I wholeheartedly agree that Technology Integration endorsements are
>>>> extremely valuable and integrating technology goes way beyond just know how
>>>> to do something. I would love for our district to have a technology
>>>> integration position. Truth is, when we did advertise a full-time position
>>>> for integration we were unable to fill it. I spoke with others at Vermont
>>>> Fest recently, who are having the same problem.
>>>>
>>>> What's the solution?
>>>>
>>>> Susan Briere
>>>> Coordinator, IT Services
>>>> Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
>>>> (802) 247-5757
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM, Amy Hoffman <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I am a member of the team that this person will be joining.  Our
>>>>> district does not have a position that specializes in technology
>>>>> integration, much as we would like to have one.
>>>>>
>>>>> We all do some of everything.  Not just network administration.  Not
>>>>> just Windows support.  Not just multimedia support.  And we all end up
>>>>> doing some integration stuff, qualified or not.
>>>>>
>>>>> The one thing we don't have to deal with is boredom!
>>>>>
>>>>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM, Craig Donnan <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> All -
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I agree with Larry - schools thinking that they can combine these two
>>>>>> roles successfully - integration - and tech support - when each has vastly
>>>>>> different knowledges, aptitudes, temperamental needs, etc should not be
>>>>>> confused.  I have seen it very rarely that a technology teacher role can
>>>>>> effectively manage and plan complex networks.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I also think it is incorrect to place any kind of hierarchy as to
>>>>>> value to the two roles - both are highly skilled, professional roles.  And
>>>>>> - they are very different - I think the tech folks understand this, but
>>>>>> perhaps not Principals, and I think we are essentially all in agreement
>>>>>> here in this thread.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Craig
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Craig Donnan, MA
>>>>>> Systems Administrator
>>>>>> Washington West Supervisory Union
>>>>>> 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
>>>>>> Waitsfield, VT 05673
>>>>>> 802-496-2272 x120
>>>>>> fax: 802-496-6515
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Larry Dougher <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Elizabeth,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Maybe RNESU needs a "tech support" position rather than a "tech
>>>>>>> integration" position (hence the 65/35 breakout).  Moreover, I would argue
>>>>>>> that "Windows Server 2008/2012, Window 7/8 desktops/laptops, Windows AD
>>>>>>> networking, and supporting mobile technologies. Experience with Linux
>>>>>>> servers and VMWare a plus" is more than just "simply knowing how to setup
>>>>>>> and use devices and apps."  Sounds more like a network/systems admin
>>>>>>> position.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> My .02,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> *Larry Dougher*
>>>>>>> Chief Information Officer
>>>>>>> Information Technology Services <http://its.wsesu.net>
>>>>>>> Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union <http://wsesu.net>
>>>>>>> 127 State Street, Windsor, VT 05089
>>>>>>> Email <[log in to unmask]> | Google+ <http://goo.gl/gEAdt> | Twitter
>>>>>>> <http://twitter.com/larrydougher> | LinkedIn
>>>>>>> <http://www.linkedin.com/in/larrydougher> | (802) 674-8336
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM, Elizabeth McCarthy <
>>>>>>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Hi Susan,
>>>>>>>> I wonder when the role of "technology integration" shifted to "tech
>>>>>>>> support" and IT? I don't mean to be pointing at just your job posting but
>>>>>>>> rather to address the broader issue of the  "technology integration
>>>>>>>> endorsement" as part of a teacher license, and the fact that it is not a
>>>>>>>> requirement in schools. There is clearly a difference between "technology
>>>>>>>> support" and "technology integration," those who have gone through the
>>>>>>>> state license/endorsement requirements have a much deeper understanding and
>>>>>>>> knowledge skill than simply knowing how to setup and use devices and apps.
>>>>>>>> Again, sorry if it seems I'm pointing fingers, but I don't think
>>>>>>>> admin and others are aware of the difference and the importance of not
>>>>>>>> confusing those two roles.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> *Elizabeth McCarthy, MAT*
>>>>>>>> *Digital Learning SpecialistGoogle Education Trainer*
>>>>>>>> Google+google.com/+ElizabethMcCarthy
>>>>>>>> <https://www.google.com/+ElizabethMcCarthy>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM, Susan Briere <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> *Technology Support Specialist*
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> *Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union*
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> *Brandon**, Vermont*
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>  Rutland Northeast SU is seeking a candidate with experience
>>>>>>>>> providing technical support for Windows Server 2008/2012, Window 7/8
>>>>>>>>> desktops/laptops, Windows AD networking, and supporting mobile
>>>>>>>>> technologies. Experience with Linux servers and VMWare a plus.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Job requirements: administer and maintain local area networks,
>>>>>>>>> install, configure and maintain desktop/ laptop hardware and software, as
>>>>>>>>> well as support for iPads, Chromebooks, and Android tablets. The position
>>>>>>>>> is 35% technology integration, 65% technical support.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> The successful candidate will provide support for teachers and
>>>>>>>>> students. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, a good work
>>>>>>>>> ethic, and be a team player. This position supports multiple locations and
>>>>>>>>> requires a driver's license, as well as the ability to lift/move equipment.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Please apply through schoolspring.com (should be posted this
>>>>>>>>> a.m.) or send letter of interest, resume, 3 current letters of
>>>>>>>>> recommendation and copies of current certifications to:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Susan Briere
>>>>>>>>> Coordinator, IT Services
>>>>>>>>> Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
>>>>>>>>> 49 Court Drive Brandon, VT 05733
>>>>>>>>> (802) 247-5757 ext 24
>>>>>>>>>
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