Call for more facilitators

Sunday, September 27th, 2009 | Employment | 5 Comments

The weekend papers in Cape Town carry an advertisement for contract positions for facilitators for the Khanya project.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a world class project, while making a contribution to education on the continent. 

If you know of folks who fit the profile, please point them in our direction.  Facilitators are particularly needed up the West Coast and in the Cape Winelands.  But please don’t delay: the closing date for accepting applications is 4:00 pm on 15 October 2009.


Do we value our facilitators?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 | training | 6 Comments

In the Western Cape we call them facilitators – elsewhere they are known by other names, such as instructional technology integrators. They are the people visiting schools, helping teachers to make sense of the technology that is available to them.

The value of these facilitators is not always appreciated.  Training sessions are frequently cancelled and at times appointments to meet on a personal basis are not honoured.

The article Technology graveyards: Why schools need instructional technology integrators should make facilitators feel good about themselves and the service they render.  And it should make teachers and principals think twice before they dodge their facilitators.

Viva, facilitators!

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Give teeth to technology integration

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 | training | 48 Comments

Over the past few months I have become painfully aware of the fact that our facilitation efforts in schools – our attempts to integrate technology into the process of curriculum delivery – are often not successful.

Could it be that we are guilty of sciolism and that our lessons to teachers are edentulous?

If you do not know what these evils are, read Sharon Elin’s latest blog posting: What’s your point?

She says, among other things:

Many of us who integrate technology into our instruction have an especially difficult time staying focused on learning objectives and digging deeply enough for rigor, even if we don’t like to admit it. It’s the nature of our jobs. Since we work with entertaining, dynamic tools, it’s too easy to become playful and veer off the track, overlooking the learning objectives.

This article should be mandatory reading for all those who claim to be training teachers in the use of ICT.  I thank Sharon for explaining concepts for which I could not find the correct words.

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Make a difference

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 | training, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

While promoting the use of technology as a teaching and learning tool in schools, are you making a difference – or are you tied up by administrivia ?

The term administrivia is a combination of two words: adminis(trative) + trivia .

One definition is: the inordinate amount of detail required to administer or manage a network .

In some cases the word has a technical connotation, but often it also refers to the trivial administrative details that are consuming time, hence standing in the way of reaching important organizational objectives.

If you are a facilitator and your job is to help teachers to come to grips with technology, be careful not to be tied up with administrivia – the endless filling in of forms, writing reports, checking logs and other administrative tasks. These tasks may take up so much time that you may lose sight of what you are trying to accomplish.

Use each visit to a school to do at least one thing to move teachers closer to the goal of becoming e-competent. After your engagement:

  • Are the teachers better equipped to use technology?
  • Do they have a greater understanding of the role of ICT in education?
  • Are they empowered in some way to integrate technology inot the curriculum delivery process?

Days and months often pass by without any noticeable improvement in these areas.

Could it be that administrivia are standing in your way to make a difference?

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