A technology coordinator is an expert in the cutting-edge field of computer
technology. They have a big-picture perspective of the computer hardware and
software needs of a school or university. They assess, order and maintain
computers in classrooms and for administration.
If you've ever received training on a computer in school, you can thank
the technology coordinator who managed the computer resources in your district.
"I manage five local-area networks (LANs), install new software, purchase
new hardware and software, develop a technology plan, act as a trainer and
help-desk, develop a budget, act as a techie and assist in curriculum development,"
says Jim Beeghley, a technology coordinator for the Blairsville-Saltsburg
School District in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
Keeping software current, storing electronic data, and even attending school
board meetings and planning curricula -- all can be the responsibility of
A technology coordinator isn't only expected to maintain current software
systems -- they also have to plan for the future. That means they have to
keep up to date on technological developments in DOS-based and Mac machines.
By maintaining a system of hardware and software in a university or school
district, the coordinator brings the exciting world of computer technology
right to the fingertips of students.
"Someone has to be willing to help our staff and youth attempt to keep
up with the world that is around them -- both now and in the future," explains
Dale Ratcliff, a technology coordinator in California. "I enjoy helping to
bring our staff and students to a higher level of technology with limited
Indeed, they must balance the needs of students and staff against resources,
and prioritize which needs should be met first. It often means working under
the constraint of a limited budget.
"I write many grants," explains Jan Lowe, a technology coordinator at Roosevelt-Perry
High School in Kentucky. She has worked to get over $75,000 in grants for
her school's technology needs.
Technology coordinators often spend time away from their offices to work
in the field -- everywhere from classrooms to faculty offices.
Coordinators receive contracts from school districts to work for a certain
amount of time (usually a 180- or a 200-day contract), just as teachers do.
The terms of their contracts, which determine things like wages and hours,
are similar to those in teaching contracts.
Assess, order and maintain computers in classrooms
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