Connection + Collaboration = Successful Integration of Technology in a Large High School: Formula for Success
Knowledge Quest Volume 44, Number 2, ISSN 1094-9046
In this article, Summer Creek High School (Harris County, Texas) librarian, Louise Lankau shares a formula for successfully integrating technology via the school library and reaching every department and teacher in a school of 2,500 students and 170 teachers. The challenge is that the teaching staff at Summer Creek increases each year to accommodate an ever-growing student enrollment, and a substantial rate of teacher turnover results in new faces appearing each year. A formula that has worked at Lankau's school involves making a connection with school leaders, who in turn can assist the librarian in his/her effort to collaborate and support new teachers. These leaders include administrators, the instructional coaches from each academic department, department chairs, and returning teachers who already embrace the value of the librarian's technology-rich library program. This group will help the librarian bring the new teachers on-board. Herein Lankau takes the reader step-by-step from introducing department leaders to technology tools to action plans at department meetings to ensuring administrative help with library initiatives. She concludes with 10 lessons learned and pointers for successful collaboration and integration of technology.
Lankau, L. (2015). Connection + Collaboration = Successful Integration of Technology in a Large High School: Formula for Success. Knowledge Quest, 44(2), 66-73.