Instructional Tech Facilitator

Paul Gouveia - Vancouver Public Schools

What is an Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF)?

In 2013, the Vancouver community approved a levy that allowed for the purchase of educational technology for Vancouver Public Schools. In order to support this Technology in a meaningful way, the district hired teachers as "Instructional Technology Facilitators" (ITF)

ITFs are responsible for the integration of technology into the school and classroom culture. Part of an ITF's job includes making sure that the distribution, maintenance and inventory procedures of our 1:1 iPad program run as smoothly as possible. But the most important part of an ITF's job is to help teachers, staff and students develop proficiency in all levels of tech integration.

We use the SAMR model to help define levels of technical integration. We help teachers integrate technology at every level. From simply substituting a common educational practice using a technical tool, to redefining education using a variety of tech tools that change how learning is facilitated and experienced.

The ultimate goal of an ITF is helping staff deliver learning in a way that is relevant, authentic and truly engages ALL students. Instructional technology can assist in delivering learning that prepares students for life with important skills like critical thinking, creativity, the ability to effectively collaborate , communicate and adapt in a quickly changing society.

Understanding that technology integration happens in many ways, at many levels and at various rates, the ITF's job is to cater to teachers' and students' needs in order to move closer to the goals mentioned above.

With this in mind, I've included a 'Menu" of options (below).

Paul's ITF Schedule

After spending four years as an ITF at the High School level, I'm happy to expand my ITF experience to middle and primary grade levels. This year I'm moving to Mcloughlin Middle School and Anderson Elementary School. In addition to my ITF responsibilities at these schools, I will also be:
  • Working with the District's Project Based Learning (PBL) pilots.
  • Working on Digital Citizenship Projects.
  • Helping to plan, facilitate and assists with district Instructional Technology PD (weLearn).
  • Involved in the development and refinement of district policies, procedures and programs that are related to Instructional Technology.
  • Involved in distributing and collecting all iPads at schools (about 18,305 iPads district wide as of August 2018).

Because I am now assigned to two schools, it will be necessary for my schedule to be flexible. However, I'll usually be at Mcloughlin on Mondays and Wednesdays and Anderson on Thursdays and Fridays.

  • I have regular ITF and DLT meetings on Tuesdays.
  • I may occasionally have meetings and duties outside of the building.
  • I may also work in the evenings to provide services to students, staff and parents.

* I can also arrange to meet with staff before or after school hours.

What Can ITFS Do For Teachers and Staff? - A Menu of Options

Paul Gouveia

Instructional Tech Facilitator

Vancouver Public Schools

Twitter - @paulgouveia

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