Technology Careers

Careers in Education Technology
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Name:
Kier Daemon
IT Specialty:
Educational Technology
Job Title:
Director of instructional technology
Company:
Fluvanna county schools, Virginia School District
Degree:
Master's in Educational Administration

Q. How does someone go about getting a job in this field?
A. Most districts require a Master's degree in education, and proof (certifications, certificates, etc.) that display expertise in technology.

Q. What are ways to advance in your field?
A. Many folks in (or interested in) the field of educational technology take online courses in technology integration, or get a master's degree in educational technology.

Q. What is the most enjoyable thing about your job?
A. Using very modern and cutting edge tools to make classrooms more exciting and engaging.

Q. What is the biggest challenge regarding your job?
A. Teachers feel stressed and strapped for time, so it's hard to weave in technology.

Q. What are your daily tasks like?
A. I spend much of my time visiting classrooms, analyzing lessons, and reading about content standards that teachers are trying to teach. I then work in my office and online looking for teaching strategies that include technology and can address those standards.

Q. What skills do you use at work?
A. Much of my work is really about professional development and research into what makes an engaged learning environment for children. So, I spend a lot of time developing workshops and strategies to help teachers integrate technology.

Q. What percentage of your day do you spend working independently or in a group?
A. 75% of the day is spent working with others.

Q. What is one thing you didnít know about your field before getting into it that you wish you had known?
A. The biggest challenge in this field is that it is incredibly difficult for teachers to change.