Hi all,

What type of structures do you have in your school to support the integration of technology? I am particularly interested in schools doing 1:1 laptops.

I am an "Academic Tech Coordinator" for Middle and High School. I also have an assistant to help me. Elementary School has another Tech Coordinator. As 1:1 will soon reach High School, we are investigating whether it is worth having another Tech Coordinator or whether we should invest more in "catalysts" or multipliers".

I am particularly interested to learn also about the type of strategies that those "catalysts" or multipliers" use to help integrate tech.

Thanks in advance!
Silvana Meneghini
American School of São Paulo

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Hi Silvana,

Can you please explain what you mean by catalysts and multipliers?

Thanks! :)
Hi Alessandra,

I have seen in other schools that they have teachers in a leadership position to help integrate technology. They are called catalysts or multipliers because they are (as I understand) the first recipients of training and experimenting, then they spread their experience and knowledge to others, sometimes in their own department.

I was asking because I am not really sure how those are working in schools and I would like to learn more about their roles and strategies used.
Silvana
Thanks for clearing that up for me! We've tried a similar approach, but haven't gained much success with it because the catalyst teachers become too busy to train others. As an ITRT, I hold staff development training sessions after school and offer one-one-one meetings to help teachers learn how to use the digital tools and resources our district has available. Most teachers like to schedule one-on-one meetings with me during their planning time because of the convenience factor. You could try your approach and see if it works. Let me know what you decide!

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