Back to school prep for technical staff
15th August 2017
For most schools and districts across the U.S, the fall semester is fast approaching. Teachers will be in and out organizing their classrooms, facilities teams will be rearranging lockers, and you, technical staff, will be working through your back to school prep tasks. To allow for a smooth running start to the semester, we’ve put together a list of things you should do as part of your back to school prep.
3 back to school prep tasks
Updates and installs
For any technical staff, one of the main back to school prep tasks will be ensuring all devices, whether that be desktops or mobile devices, are ready for the new semester. This includes making sure all devices have the relevant software packages they need – for example, computer labs may include more advanced programs such as Adobe Photoshop or even CAD software. More importantly having the latest OS systems is essential. With hundreds, even thousands of devices across your school district this can be a mammoth of a task. Start by looking at your inventory and splitting this out amongst the team, then provide a checklist of what they need to update.
Reflect on technology purchases
With new budgets on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the purchases from the previous year. Firstly, ask questions. Talk to the teachers using any technologies implemented over the past 12 months and ask:
- How much are the devices used in the classroom?
- Are they being incorporated into classroom activities or are they forgotten about?
- What are they using them for? If they are not being used, why?
- Is there a different type of device that would be more beneficial for them?
You could even talk to the students and see what devices they’d prefer. Do they prefer having a keyboard or do they prefer to be able to walk around with the device?
Ultimately, these answers will help you decide what to purchase next, especially if you need to buy more devices to account for increased student count – which leads us onto the next back to school prep task…
Prepare training sessions
If you’ve decided to purchase new software and new devices, as well as setting these up ready for use, you’ll also need to ensure that teachers using these devices know how to use them in the classroom. Consider the technophobes throughout the school district and how they’re going to respond to the device in the classroom. Juggling both 30+ students and trying to master a new piece of technology is difficult. To ensure successful adoption, plan training sessions with the teachers. Set objectives of what the teachers want to achieve and ensure they can adequately use the technology independently.
Technology is more than just having expensive gadgets; it’s about supporting the education process. If teachers aren’t equipped to use these devices, they’re wasted in the classroom and budget could be used elsewhere.
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