4.1.e Connect…

…leaders, educators, instructional support, technical support, domain experts and solution providers to maximize the potential of technology for learning.

“No man is an island.” John Donne wrote this in a poem in the 17th century. Actually, that is how the poem begins. You can read the entire poem here. My point in saying “no man is an island,” is because we need others to ask questions of, or to request some help with something, or maybe just for advice.

I talked about joining the StrIDES team at my school, and being a part of that team has also connected me to others who have a part to play in the success of student learning in the school. The value, as a technology coach on this team, helps me hear different perspectives of how they see the integration of technology, as well as what gaps there might be that another member of the team can address. For example, a teacher may be able to easily discuss and model some new software for the classroom, but someone from ”technical support” can speak to what else may be needed to help with implementation, such as adding more bandwidth to support the software or specific hardware that may be better.

Oh, and Ernest Hemingway also quoted from John Donne’s poem in one of his great novels titled, For Whom the Bell Tolls. That’s just a little bit of trivia for you!

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