Yes! Effective communication is the key that helps you deepen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision making, and problem-solving. It enables you to communicate even negative or difficult messages without creating conflict or destroying trust.Close-up of human hand holding key. Idea concept.jpeg

When you hear the word ‘key’ several words may come to mind; lock, unlock, guard, protect. Communication has been important for years. We have gone from telegrams and the Pony Express to USPS (or “snail-mail” as it is called today), email, and IM. It has gone from taking months or days to instant answers to questions you have. In order to have effective communication, you need to understand the keys that unlock those doors.

In this blog series, we will look at ways to strengthen communication between technology staff and educators within your school district!

How can teachers help tech staff?

Well, it all comes down to being an effective communicator. When troubleshooting technology, you really can’t be too specific! Here are some ways you can help your tech team:

Remember that techs, just like teachers, have multiple responsibilities and demands that feel unrealistic in the best of times. It can be frustrating when we spend our time fixing issues that could easily be resolved with a simple one- or two-step procedure. We don’t mind the easy fixes, but we also don’t want you to be without the tools you need to teach. Sometimes it is the simple click of a button, a computer restart, or a loose cable that you’re waiting on a tech to fix.