Required of Faculty

When I first started doing "professional development" classes for faculty, the director told me that you can't use faculty and required in the same sentence. That has turned out to be largely true. Of course, I had spent two decades being faculty prior to that, so you would think I would have known that.

So, it caught my attention when Doug Johnson posted the question "What tech use should not be optional for teachers?" Let's assume that you can require something. (In K-12 schools, it may even be possible to require things.) The list of tech basics would be difficult to get any universal agreement on, but here are some minimal requirements from his longer post of ways teachers should have to use technology. They are pretty applicable from K-20.

- Use the student information system to track attendance and record grades.
- Use the student information system's online gradebook to list individual progress/results on student work (quizzes, tests, project etc.) in a timely manner so parents and students have access to real-time information.
- Have a web-presence that includes (at minimum), contact information, classroom expectations of students, and general course outlines with clear learning objectives and timelines. Any large projects should be described along with the assessment tools used to evaluate them. - Make available online all forms, lists and guides useful to parents.
- Use the student information system or school e-mail system to electronically communicate
- Use tools provided by the [school] that are a standard part of each classroom - projection system, voice amplification system, IWB, etc.
- Word process all written materials to be given to students (for ease of reading).
- Receive/access all district communications online.

He has gotten some good comments and suggestions for some additions to the list, like learning to utilize digital library media resources in appropriate instructional settings, and attending professional development sessions designed to teach effective use of instructional and informational technology resources.

What would you add to the list?


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