Why Teamwork in Tech Leadership Matters
A discussion with instructional technology coordinator Greg Bagby
Greg Bagby is the coordinator of instructional technology for Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tenn. He’ll be sharing his expertise as a presenter at January’s Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC 2020) in Miami, with a session on methods of creating tech teams for classrooms, schools, and districts. Describing why it’s important to have teams that work together, he says, "In creating technology teams, it's an idea that everyone doesn't have the same gifts. It's often talked about that the smartest person in the room is the room itself. If you have a group of technologically savvy teachers, district administrators, or people in your district who are available to assist with others, you want those folks on your team."
Training and supporting educators and administrators in the technology space is an ever-evolving practice, and often takes on elements of personalized learning models that are used with students. From the district perspective, training is taking on a more personalized approach than ever before.
As Bagby explains, "A lot of districts (including ours) allow for the whole edcamp model with regard to district training. Teachers can actually choose the PD that fits best with them. Teachers are creating their own professional development and having the option to choose where they go for their learning. It is making a huge impact on how teachers see their professional development as something for them, not just a district PD."
Coaches are being added to the professional development process as a means to speed up technology integration. "Coaches around the U.S. are playing significant roles in the learning and development of educators to catch them up to speed and [get them] in a position of being comfortable and taking ownership of learning," adds Bagby. Engagement training is also seeing great results in the professional development area.
Bagby finds FETC to be an information-rich atmosphere that aids in making smart tech decisions. "I like catching up with folks during sessions at FETC, specifically when there's a Kathy Schrock, Adam Bellow or Leslie Fisher showing edtech tools. I love seeing all [that's available]," he says.
About Greg Bagby
Greg Bagby is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Hamilton County schools in Chattanooga, TN. In this position, he assisted in building the 45K student district's 1:1 program in middle and high schools. He is also charged with training teachers in device and application use throughout the district while working with students to guide them in becoming digital learners.
He has worked to build the district's dynamic educational technology team. As the past principal of Barger Academy Chattanooga, Tennessee he developed district technology training as well as coached other administrators with technology use.
Before stepping into the role of administration Greg worked as the Technology Integration Specialist for 21st Century Academy. He is one of the co-founders of EdCampGigCity, a co-moderator for #EdTechChat and #TnEdChat
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The 40th anniversary Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) will take place January 14-17, 2020 in Miami, Fla. Registration is now open at https://www.fetc.org/register
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