19 September 2012

so what do you do?

This is a common question I am getting from my friends and family since I've changed my job. Before switching, I never got this question.

I guess the profession of Teacher is an easy one to figure out.

Educational Technology Specialist? Not so much.

2nd Graders using Build A Bird app on the iPad by Barrett Web Coordinator, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License

I don't know about all Ed Tech Specialists, but me? Well, I have an office (though I'm not always there). Basically I train and help teachers with technology to use for themselves or with their students in their lessons. I have a great partner that I learn from every day and LOVE the collaboration and sharing that we do at work and after hours.

I've trained a lot of teachers on Edmodo, an educational network for students. I used it as a teacher in my classes, so that gives me a great background to use it with teachers I am training.

I've gotten to co-teach with a 5th grade teacher at one of our Elementary campuses. Helping her and her students incorporate electronic notebooks in their class, since they have access to laptops every day.

I'm excited that I get to work with things I am knowledgeable about and love (like creating/editing videos and using Photoshop) and also love that I learn something new EVERY DAY. That continuous learning is one of my most favorite parts of the new job.

Our new mobile lab by Christy Tvarok Green, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License

Some things are definitely different between the old job and the new. As a teacher, I had the same schedule every day (give or take "special" days), saw the same kids and people, and worked in the same room. This job? Every single day is different. Different places, different people, different time, different tasks. I wasn't sure how much I'd like that, but I LOVE it!


Heather said...

This sounds like a neat job!

Christina said...

What a cool job! Do you ever get reluctant to learn/old school teachers?