A well rounded ed-techie

A good ed-techie must be comfortable wearing many hats. He or she sees the world through a variety of lenses. Whether the ed techie be in an administrator, support or L&D role, they have a broad understanding of the environment where they work. They can train, create and distribute “how to” recipes and explore “why do” explanations among coleagues.

An informed ed-techie must understand teaching, learning and assessment practices. He or she is comfortable interacting with subject matter experts (teachers, academics or professionals) and can guide them as they begin to apply their teaching practices to technology. They can suggest a range of different ways to enable/enhance digital learning activities and then support these activities

A knowledgeable ed-techie must be able to explain the rationale behind their work. He or she can use one or several perspectives to explain or defend their approach. They can draw on dominant paradigms, such as behaviorism, constructivism and connectivism, and use these perspectives to unpack their own and other people’s use ed tech. They are also able to identify some of the theorists behind these traditions (from Skinner to Pappert to Siemens) and have read their work.

A “well rounded” ed-techie should be fairly easy to identify. Does your local ed-techie meet the grade?