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TECHNOLOGY/IT DIRECTOR CERTIFICATION


STRAND: Leadership
COURSE: 51 HOURS
MEMBER COST: $1,070
NON-MEMBER COST: $1,110

Purpose: The purpose of the TCEA Technology/IT Director certification program is to provide a venue for educators who wish to become, or already are, district-level technology or IT directors. The emphasis will be on developing strategic leadership skills, as well as the ability to provide effective and engaging educational technology experiences for both staff and students. Participants who successfully complete the certification requirements will be fully prepared to serve as a technology director or IT director in any Texas school system, possessing the knowledge and skills to lead a district toward innovative, 21st century technology use and educational achievement. Includes a one year membership to Technology Coordinators Special Interest Group (TEC-SIG).



Required Courses

Format

Date

Time

Hours

Personnel Management

Technology leaders will discuss personnel issues related to hiring, documentation, firing, and team building. They will explore the best ways to organize their staff and how to grow them as a team. This online course will kick off with a 30 minute Google Hangout and then continue in a traditional online method for the following 3 weeks. Participants will need access to a webcam, headphones, a microphone, and access to the Internet to collaborate throughout the course. Interaction will include discussion forums, Hangouts, and YouTube uploads.

online

 

10/31/13

or

2/27/14

 

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

6

 

Hardware, Software, and Network Management

Technology leaders will explore best practices in hardware selection, network management and security, online testing requirements, cyber safety, disaster recovery, 1:1 immersion projects, and Total Cost of Ownership.

face to face

10/18/13

or

2/6/14

 

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

6

 

Budget and Finance

Effective budgeting, bid requirements, purchasing laws, donation policies, E-Rate management, financial planning, and more will be covered in this session for district-level technology leaders. This online course will kick off with a 30 minute Google Hangout and then continue in a traditional online method for the following 3 weeks. Participants will need access to a webcam, headphones, a microphone, and access to the Internet to collaborate throughout the course. Interaction will include discussion forums, Hangouts, and YouTube uploads.

online

 

11/1/13

or

2/28/14

 

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

6

 

Building a Technology Vision and Plan

Participants will develop a vision for instructional technology use based on 21st century skills from Tony Wagner. The emphasis will be on ensuring that their vision is based on student learning and not on stuff.  NCLB, E-Rate, and Title IID requirements for technology plans will also be examined.

webinar

12/12/13

or

5/29/14

4:30-6:30 p.m.

2

 

Total Required Courses

 

 

 

20

Elective Courses

various

 

 

21

Final Project

A culminating, real-world project that incorporates all of the learning from the year. Visit www.tcea.org/techdir for final project details.

 

 

 

10

 

Elective Courses

Format

Date

Time

Hours

Assessing Technology Literacy in Staff and Students

This webinar will discuss various ways to assess technology literacy in both staff and students, including the use of electronic portfolios. NCLB requirements will also be covered.

webinar

 

1/16/14

or

5/22/14

4-6 p.m.

2

 

Curriculum Design

To design effective curriculum takes specific skills and knowledge. Join us as we discuss what is involved and how to go about creating the best curriculum using the Understanding by Design framework. Participants will develop a brief curriculum unit for their chosen content area that integrates best practices and provides clear expectations.

webinar

4/10/14,

4/17/14,

4/24/14,

and 5/1/14

or

9/11/14,

9/18/14,

9/25/14,

and 10/2/14

 

4-5:30 p.m.

6

Cyber Safety and Security

Too often, students online interactions are questionable, and unproductive, and usually unsupervised. This set of two webinars will help teachers, technology leaders, and parents understand what students should know to use technology appropriately. Participants will focus on strategies for implementing digital citizenship programs in their schools.

webinar

 

2/11/14

and 2/18/14

or

10/9/14

and 10/16/14

4-6 p.m.

4

 

Deploying and Managing a Google Apps EDU Campus/District
During this session, we will review the Administrative Control Panel as well as discuss strategies for setting up organizational units and services. We will also discuss the settings for the different services, including email policies. A quick overview of new and upcoming features will be shared.

webinar

4/28/14

 

3-5 p.m.

2

Deployment, Management, and Support for iPads in Education

While there is no one solution for deploying or managing iDevices, asking the right questions and addressing concerns prior to deployment can be lifesavers. Strategies and best practices for managing iPads in education will be shared.

webinar

2/17/14

or

9/22/14

 

4-5 p.m.

1

 

Effective, Engaging Professional Development

This online course will kick off with a 30 minute Google Hangout and then continue in a traditional online method for the following 3 weeks. Participants will need access to a webcam, headphones, a microphone, and access to the Internet to collaborate throughout the course. Interaction will include discussion forums, Hangouts, and YouTube uploads.

online

 

11/14/13

or

2/20/14

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

6

 

iDevices for Students with Disabilities

This session examines the role the iPad and iPod touch should take in the classroom for special needs learners. Apps for modification and differentiation will be covered along with accessibility features of the devices. Participants will examine the basic functions of the devices and learn their strengths and weaknesses. Learn the latest features of the operating system and how these features address the needs of diverse learners. Participants will discover shortcuts, set preferences, and practice great tips and tricks for using the iPad.

webinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

face to face

2/19/14

and 2/26/14

or

 

5/12/14

 

3:30-6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

6

 

iTeach, iLearn: iPad in the Classroom

This session takes you beyond cool apps for the iPad to how to best use the mobile device in the classroom for authentic learning. Participants will be immersed in a series of activities in order to become more familiar with their device and the possibilities it brings to the classroom. Learners will be exposed to strategies for modifying lessons and classroom management best practices for creating learning environments that will help students take advantage of these new tools to become life-long learners. The session will include a variety of resources, podcasts/vodcasts, apps, and more, all of which can be accessed on the iPad that focus on the differentiation of learning for each student.

face to face

 

11/19/13

or

5/21/14

 

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

6

 

Leadership Skills
Using Jim Collins "Good to Great" principles, participants will learn what distinguishes a Level 5 leader, will create a BHAG for their campus/district, define their Hedgehog Concept and core values, and create a Mars Group for effective change.

face to face

 

5/15/14

8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

6

 

Leading with the iPad

This session goes beyond cool apps and discusses how campus and district leaders can use the iPad to be more effective and efficient in their jobs. Attendees will learn how to manage classroom implementations of these devices. They will practice using apps to change learning and will see what peripheral devices can and should be used with the iPad.

face to face

 

12/13/13

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

6

 

Making the Move Towards Blended Learning

Blending regular teaching and learning with online and virtual experiences provides new ways for students to be successful. This webinar will explore how to begin incorporating blended learning into your classroom with ease.

webinar

 

2/13/14

4:30-6:30 p.m.

2

 

Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Banned or embraced? This webinar will focus on the issues and potential solutions for using mobile devices in the classroom for learning.

webinar

 

3/24/14

or

11/6/14

 

4-6 p.m.

2

 

Moving Your AUP to an RUP

Education today requires a different view of the acceptable use policy that embraces BYOD and responsible use by students and staff. This webinar will discuss how to move your outdated AUP to a Responsible Use Policy with information on training required to be successful.

webinar

 

3/25/14

 

4:30-6:30 p.m.

2

 

The Technology Application TEKS and You

Even if you are not a technology teacher, the Technology Application TEKS are for you. Join us to learn how these state required standards can be easily integrated into core and elective content curriculum to support student learning. Participants will identify activities and appropriate assessments to share with their campus/district peers.

webinar

 

12/5/13

or

4/3/14

4:30-6:30 p.m.

2

 

Record Retention Requirements

Participants will understand the legal guidelines and rules for record retention. State requirements for both digital and physical records will be covered.

webinar

4/29/14

 

3-5 p.m.

2

 

Surviving a BYOD Implementation

Thinking about allowing students to bring their own devices to school next year? Join us as we discuss how to make this innovative approach work. Discussion will include the advantages and pitfalls of such an implementation, revising your AUP into an RUP, classroom management, and helping teachers to adapt.

webinar

 

5/28/14

 

4:30-6:30 p.m.

2

 

True Technology Integration

During this session, you will gain an understanding of what technology integration is, and, more importantly, what it isn't. You will examine real-world good and bad uses of technology in the classroom and will identify opportunities for improving the uses of those technologies. Throughout this series of sessions, you will build a toolkit of resources and examples that target each tier of technology integration that you can share with teachers and peers on how to modify their use of technology for maximized learning opportunities.

webinar

 

10/3/13 ,10/10/13, and 10/16/13

or

1/16/14, 1/23/14, 1/30/14

4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

6

 

Understanding and Building 21st Century Skills

Using ISTE's NETS, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and Tony Wagner's "Survival Skills for the 21st Century," you will explore exactly what students must master before they leave our schools. Discover different lesson ideas, activities, and tools to help students build these skills through technology.

webinar

 

10/17/13

and 10/21/13

or

2/12/14

and 2/20/14

4:30-6:30 p.m.

4