During reading, there is a lot of
writing to put on the board. Now,
with the document camera and
projector, I use these new elements
in my classroom and project them
for the class. It saves a tremendous
amount of time and makes me much
more productive and successful with
our reading program. It makes me
wonder how I’ve gotten by all these
years without these tools!
second grade teacher
When I am teaching a lesson, I no
longer have to hold up my example
of what I am doing or make a
transparency. I can put it right on the
document camera for everyone to see
at the same time. For example, when
we were working on measurement
today, I was able to project a ruler onto
my whiteboard using the projector and
document camera and point to each
centimeter where each child could see.
I use these new tools daily, in everything
I teach. It saves time and really helps
when trying to model for students.
third grade teacher
Research indicates that sustained professional
development on the infusion of technology
into the classroom environment greatly affects
director to make your case. Take them
to lunch to get them away from the
phone, the calendar, and other distractions. This will put you in a more
relaxed environment to hear what
they are thinking. Seek input about
things in your plan that will work
and things that won’t.
Collaboration, negotiation, compromise, and consensus are the buzz words
to remember when selling your ideas.
Do not be so rigid that you cannot see
beyond what you would like to accomplish. These people have ideas, too, so
make sure that you listen carefully to
what they say and be prepared to revise
your plan based on their suggestions.
Keep knocking on the door.
Communicate often with
the key people in your district
who are making decisions
about these funds. Keep send-
ing them articles on current research
about how technology is transforming
teaching and learning and include stories
Keep ISTE posted on how your school
and district are using the ARRA dollars.
Complete a short survey at
These resources really enhance my
history and science lessons. Now I
can go to the Internet and use mini-video segments to enhance what I
am teaching. This technology makes
my lessons come to life for my
students, and I am very thankful to
have these teaching tools as part of
my curriculum and classroom.
fourth grade teacher
from your own district. This is a process
that will change often, so never give up.
Even though the ARRA funds provide much needed funding for school
districts, this may not be the “
technology opportunity” you were hoping
for. By developing a plan and relationships with key people in your district,
however, you will more than likely be
asked for input when other funding
opportunities open up.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Hilary Goldmann’s blog: www.iste.org/
ISTE webinar, So the Stimulus Passed ...
Now What?: https://admin.acrobat.com/
Davis H. Brock is the director
of technology for the Elmore
County Public School District
in Wetumpka, Alabama. He is
the chairman of ISTE’s Affiliate Membership Committee.
He also teaches graduate class-
es in educational technology at Alabama State
University and holds a master’s degree in educational technology leadership from the Graduate
School of Education and Human Development
at the George Washington University.
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