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Doug Johnson in person

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After following the Blue Skunk blog for almost 18 months (as long as I’ve been blogging), I finally got to met the one and only Mr. Doug Johnson. I had two presentations of my own today so Doug’s was the only session I got to sit in on. He talked about having an IEP of technology use for teachers. I like the idea and would call it a IETP. A Individual Educational Technology Plan. There is a technology plan that talks about the technology, and there is an educational plan that talks about education, but an educational technology plan would outline exactly how a teacher would use these tool in their classroom to enhance learning. I envision having teachers fill out their own IETP. They can identify their strengths and weaknesses. They then sit down with the IETP committee which consists of the building administrator, the TRF (Technology Resource Facilitator…my job next year) and go over the plan and create a document that outlines how that teacher will use technology to enhance the learning experience for their students. We would outline the help needed, the equipment needed, and the amount of PD requirements that need to be met by both the educator and the TRF. As a IETP team they create a comprehensive plan that is unique to that teacher.

I’m still working through this in my head. I mentioned it to our Middle School Curriculum Coordinator who was also at Doug’s session and I could see the wheels spinning in his head as well. Hmmmm, this one will be rolling around in my head for a couple of days.

Nice to finally meet you in person Doug! Thanks for making me think!


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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


  1. This concept of an individual educational technology plan really connected for me tonight and sent my mind spinning. I’m thinking though, that the plan should begin from data that you’ve gathered about instructional needs. In the US some of that data could come from state assessments or from grade level common assessments. Analyze the data to pinpoint instructional needs and goals, link that to technology tools that support the goals (that’s where you come in), then identify the training that an individual teacher needs in order to use those tools. You would probably find clusters of teachers who are all working toward the same instructional goals and then you can form a training group to learn the tools that are needed and how they can be used in various ways. I’m still thinking this through but I believe that you need to have pinpointed the instructional goals first.

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