Job Description

The types of things that you might be expected to do as an ICT lead teacher normally include:
  • Strategically planning for ICT
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in ICT and knowing your way around e-learning strategy document
  • Coordinating an ICT committee within the school
  • Mentoring staff on authentic uses for ICT
  • Running professional development for staff
  • Monitoring use of ICT within a school
  • Managing ICT equipment around the school
  • Reporting to school management and the BOT on the implementation of ICT
  • Liaising with any outside PD providers

The following job description was put together by Noline Skeet (used with her permission), a cluster facilitator in Auckland and could be a great starting point for developing your own.
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Views of Lead Teachers

I also did a post-it note activity with the lead teachers in my cluster around the role of ICT within the school and their role as lead teachers and this is what they came up with:

ICT Integration is more successful in a school when:
• Everyone is keen and all the resources are there!
• Everyone is on board with the idea.
• Principals and staff are on board
• Resources are available and working
• You have a Kete of resources that you know are great and you can use them properly and confidently
• It is not ‘top down’ rather start at the ‘bottom’ and slowly build upwards.
• When it is authentic; not forced
• You are supported
• Staff are challenged by their students

ICT is important in schools because:
• It is part of everyday life. It is a powerful tool/ motivator
• It’s the way the world is going and we owe it to the kids to give them the best experiences we can to set them up for life.
• It’s the future
• It can enhance learning
• It is an engaging tool
• It gives us a different way to motivate, challenge, provoke, and inspire. “Variety is the spice of life”
• It is another resource tool to support children’s learning
• It’s fun! It’s the way of the future so the kids of today want/ need to be involved.
• It is motivating and fun for students.

To be successful in the lead teacher role, I feel I need:
• Support to do the job well
• Clear understanding of the role
• Time and money
• To be omnipotent

I think that powerful uses of ICT are:
• It motivates children to learn in a different way (more independent).
• When teachers and students feel a sense of accomplishment
• Ones that enhance the learning outcomes further than if no ICT tool had been used.
• Student driven – demonstrates students’ learning journeys
• Teacher and student driven
• Student based. Building on learning that is already going on. Creating enjoyable and memorable things eg videos
• Integrated into the curriculum and driven by fun

Teachers are motivated to change their methods and approaches to ICT when:
• You can show them how much fun it is and what they can achieve with ease.
• They are given simple ways to use it that work well and are not threatening (KISS)
• They see the educational value of using ICT tools, otherwise why would they bother!
• The skills to manage ICT are as simple as possible.
• They have the support, resources, motivation, budget and time to do it.
• When they are more confident with using ICT – when they gain more skills
• When they get quality PD and support and the equipment is reliable and available AND when there is a whole school ethos.
• When they are supported by teachers, principals, BOTs and community.

A lead teacher’s role in the school is:
• Making it work!
• Being a motivator, supporter and creating an atmosphere of “can do”
• “Pull it all together” – see the big picture. Encourage, support and challenge.
• Engage, motivate, lead and provide support
• Mentoring, encouragement, vision
• Guide others with sensitivity and knowledge of their needs.
• Keep everyone informed on the latest developments and new workshops on how we can better use computers in class.
• To ask questions
• To link the school to informed people that can help

The best way to develop ICT in a school is:
• Have everyone on board and work together
• Work from people’s strengths and interests. Mentoring
• Set small, fun jobs for teachers to do and let the children use the stuff (teachers learning from kids)
• Have equipment working and build knowledge
• Engage teachers’ passions.
• Planning, listening, developing self-efficacy, belief it can be done, community involvement and the desire to be better.
• Dive in there.