A couple of things entered my reading today. The first was an infographic asking “What Does An Educational Technologist Do?” It’s an interesting graphic and worth the time to follow the link and take a look.
The second reading was a blog entry from George Couros titled “What should a networked educational leader tweet about?” Just as the infographic is worth the time to study, so is Mr. Couros’ blog entry. In particular, the summary at the bottom of the article about what or what not should be tweeted.
In both cases, I would suggest that these are significant descriptors. For those of you who have access to the services of an educational technologist, I would think both are good standards for the position and worthwhile discussion with them.
But, I would take it even further. Not only should these be considered, there is another aspect.
How often does this communication happen? Is it sufficient when the educational technologist is in attendance at a conference or a presentation and parrotting points made by a speaker? I would say no. Doing so is like saying “I’m here and you’re not”.
The message that an educational technologist often gives is one of you needing to be a lifelong learner and get with the program. But what about her/him?
If you believe in lifelong learner for others, how about yourself? If you believe in visible learning, how about yourself?
Is it not desirable, heck, even a requirement that you show how it’s done? If it’s important to learn, I would suggest that it’s at least as important to illustrate that. Only then, do you lead and learn by example. Are you not learning something new every day as you would expect others to do?
Take another look at the two resources. They really show a great convergence of ideas and should be part of a roadmap for success. Otherwise, it’s pretty difficult to answer the question “Just what is it that you do?”
- An inquiry into educational technologists’ conceptions of their philosophies of teaching and technology (distance-educator.com)
- Getting Started with Twitter for your PLN (mguhlin.org)