Believe it or not I was once a Nick Burns. I had made it my mission to never be “that” tech guy. The one that makes everyone feel like an idiot. It is funny to watch Jimmy Fallon but I’m going to venture to say that it is not funny to be the person that is on the receiving end of this in real life.
The “tech guy” is an educator too. Think about the vast amount of tools that we can put at the disposal of those that depend on us just to make their current tools work. I have taken on a new mission at Addison that I have dubbed “Tech Tuesdays”. I spend my entire day fixing and tweaking things in the district and have very little time to teach the staff anything. To change that, we will be holding after school technology sessions every Tuesday. The word “training” can be polarizing. Some people love to be trained and others loathe the experience so we are not calling this “training”. Instead these optional sessions will start with me showing everyone something new that they can use as an educator. For the month of January we are planning to tackle everything from Social Search to iPads. After the brief introduction we are going to work on anything that the attendees want to work on. If they are interested in starting a blog we will do that. Interested in building a classroom website? Great!
It is time that the “tech guy” becomes more than a Technological Handy Man. There is some purpose in this but it is not what I signed up for. The challenge for reader’s of this post is to find your “Tech Tuesdays”. What will make you stay after work to improve the people around you?