Technology StandardsBuilding technology use on a foundation of research-based standards is the key to successful technology integration. These includeInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for TeachersInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for StudentsVirginia Standards of Learning (SOL) in TechnologyThe Technology Resource Teacher (TRT) and Technology Assistant (TA)
Technology in and of itself will not promote student achievement. It is the thoughtful use of technology by teachers and students that can have an impact on student achievement. Changing the way teachers engage students in the learning process is crucial to the effective use of technology and ultimately to the develoment of a life-long habit and desire for learning. To support teachers in this endeavor, each school has a Technology Resource Teacher (TRT) and one or more Technology Assistants (TA) who, working as a team with others, collaborate with teachers to develop engaging lessons and responsible use of technology.
The TRT is an experienced teacher who has either completed or is in the process of completing a masters degree. The TRT manages the technology resources in the school, provides workshops and just-in-time training, models effective strategies for teachers, and teams with teachers as they plan and adopt new tools and strategies. The TRT also consults with teachers individually to meet specific classroom needs and individual initiatives. As a building-levels professional developer, the TRT fills six staff development roles as articulated in the TRT Performance Standards. As Loudoun continues to hone its use of traditional technologies and adopt new ones, the professional development of the TRT community is key.