A large part of being a technology coordinator is managing technology. Technology coordinators are ultimately responsible for entire networks, hundreds of computers and printers, and a host of other assorted electronic devices. Besides keeping track of all the technology, a technology coordinator is also expected to conduct and maintain training and training schedules, attend technology meetings, help with grants and funding, introduce technology-integrated curriculum, fix and upgrade computers, install software, troubleshoot networks, etc., etc. Where to begin?
While many schools today are struggling to understand and implement technology, a real lack of understanding for the technology coordinator position is apparent. In many cases, an already too busy teacher, administrator, or media specialist with intermediate or advanced computer skills, volunteers, does double-duty, or is mandated to fill the role of technology coordinator. Thanks to these hard-working professionals though, many schools have forged ahead and have implemented a technology-rich environment.
So, how is the role of a technology coordinator defined? How do they organize and manage large networks and all of the many resources? Perhaps one place to begin is with an overview of technology management and organization. First we could start with a job description of a technology cordinator