A technology mentor will be responsible for training teachers in both one to one environments and workshop settings. The technology mentor will act primarily as a facilitator/teacher to aid teachers in the successful implementation of technology in their classroom, as well as a direct teacher of technological skills through a workshop setting. A mentor position will last for the duration of one school year and a small monetary sum will be given to those who are chosen.
What makes one a prime candidate for mentorship?
What will be required of a technology mentor?
A) Technology mentors will be required to submit, in conjunction with each of their assigned teachers, one technology integrated lesson plan* per assigned teacher that exemplifies the successful integration of technology into the classroom environment. This lesson plan is to be turned in sometime during the school year but no later than the beginning of June, 2003. The lesson plan will be submitted in digital format and will be placed with the ROBOT (Real Online Bag O’ Tricks). Mentors will not be assigned more than 15 teachers. It is the duty of the mentor to bring forth the lessons in the proper format. However, it is not expected of the mentor to do all of the planning involved. This is to be a shared responsibility between mentor and teacher.
B) Technology mentors will be required to act as a sounding board for the needs of the teachers assigned to them. They are to aid a teacher in the location of appropriate software and appease any other needs that may come up such as scheduling lab time or scheduling a technician to be present during a lesson if a teacher feels the need for one.
C) Technology mentors will be required to offer 3 technology workshops to staff over the course of one school year. 2 of these workshops are to be presented during the “Technology Mondays”** after school cycle. The other workshop is to be presented on one of the staff development days or Mini-NESA.
D) Technology mentors will be required to meet with the Head of Technology to plan workshops and review mentorship issues on a regular basis. If problems are encountered when planning a lesson with a particular teacher, a mentor is to defer to the Head of Technology so a viable solution may be found.
* The technology integrated lesson plan will be required by all teachers to be handed in. This lesson plan will be posted on the ROBOT (Real Online Bag Of Tricks) server so that all teachers my have access to it. Much like the ACS Unit Plan, the lesson plan will follow a standard template. Teachers are not limited to handing in only one lesson plan. The more lessons submitted, the larger the database of resources grows. Utmost care and preparation will be emphasized so that clear, concise, and viable plans are available to all teachers to draw from.
** Technology Monday and Staff Development workshops are to aid in the development of technological skills school wide. Mentors are encouraged to work with other fellow mentors and the Head of Technology to produce effective workshops that will address a wide variety of skills used in the workplace. If needed, mentors will be given support from the Department Head of Technology during the planning and execution phases of their workshops. Mentors will meet as a group to determine in advance a plan to cover a wide variety of technology topics. The Monday workshops will be held after school. Mentors will offer individual workshops on a rotational basis. The number of workshops offered by a mentor will not exceed 3 over the course of a school year.