Not too long ago I was listening to one of the Google Apps for Edu on Air Hangouts about using script in with Google Apps hosted by Jay Atwood and Jennie Magiera. Their discussion was a good one and definitely expanded my thinking around how I can use scripts in my own work.
One of my big takeaways though wasn’t about the topic at hand, it was really just part of Jennie’s introduction. Let me provide some context. Over the last six years I have begun to look at things on a bigger scale and to think about how organizations work and function. I’ve starting thinking more strategically about how groups organize themselves and how they work together. Sometimes, this includes the titles that people hold providing a little insight into what that organization holds as important. Sometimes these titles are more about legacy and comfort with the “way it’s always been.”
While that’s only a small piece of what I’ve been thinking about, I do think that the way groups and organizations set up the ways that they work shows what they value, especially in schools.
All of this is to say that in the Hangout, Jennie introduced herself as a “Digital Learning Coordinator”. I was immediately intrigued. Now, truth be told, I haven’t done any real research on what the job actually entails and haven’t asked Jennie about it, but I’m fascinated by what it implies and what the values of the organization and the leadership might have been thinking when they created the position. From my outside view, they seem to know that the digital piece of learning is as important as the traditional and that it’s crucial enough to the success of the students in Chicago Public Schools that they needed a position that can meet that need.
Again, this is all speculation on my part and I’m simply thinking about the work that needs to be done with teachers and students in schools. I fully believe that teaches need support in their use of technology and digital tools and I know that Jennie is providing that in her work. I just think her title is fantastic and shifts the focus from technology to learning and, overall, broadens the scope of what might be accomplished.
Jennie Magiera can be found online at @msmagiera.
Here is the hangout that prompted my thinking.