Friday, June 22, 2007

Summer School Staff Training

Summer school was held at Frederick High School this year. The high school had already been migrated to the new Windows network. So it was up to me to bring all the teachers up to speed since most of them worked at schools were not already migrated. Unfortunately, I hadn't been shown how to use the new network either. So I set up a meeting with the FHS Technology Coordinator so we could walk through the process of logging in, adding staff members and students, and some basic trouble shooting.

The system seems to be straight forward and easy to use. So I created a short tutorial for the staff and called a brief meeting on the first day teachers reported. I handed out the login convention and we went to the computer lab to practice. There were a few teachers who had trouble getting on but after 10-15 minutes of practice, they all had the hang of it.

As a leader, it's important to help ease the transition from the old to the new. This time as simple handout was sufficient to get the staff online and working. Sometimes, as in the case of many of my technology staff development, more gradual and detailed information is needed to help the transition. Knowing when a short and sweet transition is appropriate and when a longer, more gradual transition is needed can be the difference between as successful new program and one that doesn't work.

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