When I sat down with this TC and asked, "what do you envision is your primary role in your position", this is the response I received:
"Support teachers in technology infrastructure and assist in technology direction."
From here we went on to discuss some of the roles and duties this TC has at a 1:1 iPad school. Some of the duties mentioned included maintaining the district computers, iPads, wireless and hardwired network, and firewall; trouble shooting all systems; being the district Web Master and technology integrationist; and finally tracking the technology budget and keeping inventory records. Another important job of this TC is liaison between the AEA, other districts, telephone company, software providers, and other outside supports. This TC shared what was liked least about this particular job, stating that network infrastructure and windows maintenance were at the top of the list, but working directly with teachers and students were at the top of the list for most enjoyable about this job. Ideally this TC would like to see this job split into two positions: a technology integrationist and a network administrator. But since the world is not perfect these words of wisdom were offered to those looking into becoming a TC: be patient, flexible, and persistent.
Below you will see my pre-interview web of what a TC does:
This is the post-interview web of what this TC does:
As you may have noticed there are things that I listed in my pre-interview web that were not mentioned in the interview with this TC. After the interview when I was reviewing the data collected I found that there were several things that I know this TC does that they did not mention during the interview. Sometimes when there are things that we just do so naturally we often overlook them when asked what we do. I felt that this was the case with this TC, there are so many more duties that were not mentioned just simply because they are done naturally and did not come to mind at the time of the interview. For example, I know this TC spent many days during the summer getting equipment ordered and setting up three new learning labs in the media center so teachers could bring groups in to use the learning labs for cooperative learning experiences. Sometimes we do not notice duties we perform but they are not unnoticed by all...this teacher noticed duties that this TC forgot to mention that are an important part of the job.