EdTech specialists, short for Educational technology specialists (Syn.: instructional technology specialists) collaborate with teachers and school administration to facilitate the use of technology in classrooms, in the school as a whole and beyond. They play a key role in identifying appropriate educational technology for all types of applications, including solutions that address the needs of students with disabilities. EdTech specialists frequently train teachers and others to use hardware and software in the teaching and learning process.
LearnIn has pulled together some criteria and skills of an EdTech specialist.
Educational technology specialists (ETS), also known as instructional technology specialists or EdTech specialists, collaborate with teachers and school administration to facilitate the use of technology in classrooms and the school as a whole. An educational technology specialist should be well-organized with proficiency in technology and an aptitude for teaching.
Educational technology specialists (ETS) often work in elementary, middle, and secondary schools (private or public), colleges or universities, government agencies, or in corporations and nonprofits. They play a key role in identifying appropriate educational technology for all types of classroom applications, including the needs of special education students.
ETS frequently collaborate with educators and administrators in curriculum design by sourcing or creating new technologies to be used in classroom instruction. Using past program data and outcomes, they assist school administrators in identifying and correcting problems and deficiencies within current technology-based programs. Educational technology specialists frequently train teachers and others on using hardware and software in the learning process.
ETS are able to implement and maintain computer networks as well as technology-based learning hardware and applications. An important aspect of an ETS in our LearnIn Community of Practice setting is to foster both appreciation for and understanding of how technology can impact learning and in turn, each student’s future.