Why the Educator Tool-Kit Matters

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Why the Educator’s Tool-Kit on School of Web

The School of Web provides a set of resources that can help us as teachers with resources to help us design more effective programs.

•There are many free resources available to all
•There are also more resources available to those who choose to be members
•One nice thing is that there are ways to get scholarships for the membership fee if needed
•This is an opportunity to build on what we already know or presume, to build the rigorous and relevant programs we all want to provide
•Here is a way to collaborate with a variety of educators and professionals with a common goal of excellence
•This will provide tools to help build and promote IT and New Media literacy into general education curriculum in order to equip all graduates with basic industry skills

As instructors we often refer to the need to design for our “Target Audience”

•What we sometimes overlook is our own Target Audience
•What are we training our students to achieve in the long run?
•How are we preparing them to be effective workers in this industry?
•Are we preparing the kind of workers industry really needs?
•How do we know?

The School of Web is a valuable resource to help us stay current with, and connected to, the real world needs industry has regarding the emerging work force.

•Once we look beyond our own programs for support, we can
• learn from and interact with our “Target Audience”
• Develop programs that fill the needs of industry
•Prepare our students for success beyond our programs
•Be even better educators
• A more focused set of learning outcomes
• Realistic view of what is expected of us and our students
• More successful students
•Build more effective Career Pathways based upon what industry wants from our students when they enter the workforce

We are building a set of resources for education professionals

•Help us improve our own programs
•Without having to constantly reinvent the wheel… again… and again….
•Research: Help with resources to
• “prove” our case for educational change/improvements
• Identify potential career options for our students – relevance of our programs
• Documents, videos, etc. to back up our requests for local support
•professional development resources
• On demand, to the point, applicable, updated resources that can be used right away
• Some free, some fee based – training and certification opportunities
•Ideas for breaking through departmental barriers
• Reducing re-teaching and opening opportunities for deeper learning
• Moving beyond breadth of learning to depth of learning through collaborative programs
•Ideas for increasing articulation between secondary and post-secondary

We finally have a chance to work together as a larger group of professionals

•More resources
•More minds working how to achieve a common goal
•Collaboration forums – we don’t have to always do it alone – we can help each other
• Reduce barriers of “personal ownership”
• Increase the wealth of knowledge by sharing and growing together
•Can lead to opportunities for sharing what we do
• and get valuable feedback

Benefit from industry input

•Advocacy: Help us be heard at a local level by administrators and fellow colleagues
•Direct input from practicing web professionals
•Relevance: What do they want graduating students to know and do?
•Rigor: What resources can we tap?
• Skill development
• Technologies
•Ideas on how to involve industry partners
• Recruitment tips
• Mentorship
• Speakers
• Funding and other resources
• Advocacy partners

Resources for putting together an on-site professional team in support of inter-disciplinary learning

•General and step-by-step process of how to build a team and get support
•How to get started?
•Building a common vision and mission
• What is the purpose of the program?
• What is the scope of the program?
• What are the desired outcomes for the program?
• What are the limitations?
• What are the opportunities?
•Who to get in your corner?
• Who are the supporters and who are the contributors on site?
• What is the “draw” for site contributors and how can that be maximized?
• Identifying stakeholders – and getting them involved
•Outside resources to build your case
•Building an Advisory Committee/Business Partners
• Develop and offer a forum for stakeholders to communicate their opinions, share their expertise, and coordinate services and opportunities
• Define roles, expectations, and benefits for partnerships
•Assessing the need: local, state, national, and global job markets
•Determine the structure that best fits the stakeholders and the program needs
•Building a plan
•Determining financial impact, needs, and resources for the program
•Preparing documentation to support your plans
•Recruiting administrators and board members to support your program
•Taking action
•Maintaining momentum and success
•Evaluating success quotient

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