The End of Tech Integrationists = The Beginning of Innovation Specialists

I’ve received a lot of feedback on my recent prediction that technology integration would disappear in the years to come. I made this prediction because well-integrated technology causes technology to disappear. It becomes a means to the end of better learning. It is never an end in and of itself. I still believe this. However, I should have clarified what I think will replace it – namely, innovation.

Because technology is a mere tool, effective usage requires training in the art that it serves. Hence, Technology Integrationists who do their jobs well spend as much or more time dealing with creative, innovative pedagogy as they do with the technology itself. “Technology Integrationist” is a bit of a misnomer.

Instead, schools should be hiring Innovation Specialists. In so doing, they will make their aims in hiring this person explicit. Innovation, not more technology, is the goal. Ironically, by focusing away from technology, it will be used for effectively.

I’ve composed a job description for this new position:

Educational Innovation Specialist

Title: Educational Innovation Specialist

Reports to: Principal or Academic Dean

Primary Role:

To promote the themes of global awareness, entrepreneurialism, civic literacy and digital literacy and the skills of creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration through work with faculty on curriculum and instruction.

Qualifications:

  • Expertise in history of educational practices

  • Expertise in the variety of models for the evolution of pedagogy in the 21st century

  • Success as a classroom teacher

  • Ability to use variety of software, hardware, and internet resources in support of curricular goals

  • Ability to troubleshoot technological problems

  • Ability to master new technologies quickly and evaluate their effectiveness in the classroom

  • Willingness to experiment with innovative practices in own classroom

  • Open-mindedness regarding new practices

  • Ability to evaluate tools and instructional practices in light of broader academic goals

  • Ability to creatively integrate technology into all content-areas

  • General expertise in educational technologies

  • Knowledge and understanding of conducting professional development

  • Demonstrated capacity to be self-directed, organized, and collaborative


3 Responses to “The End of Tech Integrationists = The Beginning of Innovation Specialists”

  1. ana

    Educational Innovation Specialist
    You have suggested that Technology integration would disappear in the years to come, (probably) I believe the ideal should be that the change must happen now. Innovation to promotoe succesful education can’t wait. As you describe it
    …”To promote the themes of global awareness, entrepreneurialism, civic literacy and digital literacy and the skills of creativity innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration through work with faculty on curriculum and instruction.”
    Perfect description ! I hope to have the qalifications for this job,

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