Instructional Technology Professional Interview
Steps to Prepare for the Interview with an
Instructional Technology professional
• Contact an Instructional Technology professional
o Choose an Instructional Technology professional. Choose someone with a job you are interested in doing, or one that is complimentary to your own field. Examples
include, but are not limited to: technology coordinators in your school/school district, online course developers in a higher education, instructional designers in a
company, human resource development officers, usability testers, or performance technologists.
o Respectfully ask whether the professional would be willing to be interviewed, well in advance of the proposed interview date.
o Describe the purpose of the interview. The main purpose is to understand an IT professional’s main job responsibilities, his/her perspective on new trends in the
field, and your future in the field
• Select a time and the place for the interview that works well for both of you.
o The interview may be conducted by a single and/or multiple communication channels. Choose a method(s) that works for you and your interviewee: a face-to-face
meeting, phone, email, and/or VOIP meeting (e.g. Skype). If you will be using technology tools for the interview, be sure to check that the tool(s) are functioning
properly in advance.
• Develop interview items and select questions to understand the tasks the IT professional performs.
• Even though it is not a job interview, what you need to consider for a job interview applies to this interview. Dress professionally and arrive at the meeting
place early. Show your interest during the interview. Send a thank you note after your interview.
Sample questions for the interview: The three key content areas (background, trends, and job opportunities) must be included in your interview items. You, however, are
welcome to modify these questions to fit your needs and the flow of the interview.
• What is your job title?
• What are your main job responsibilities?
• What are the main competencies you need to fulfill your job requirements successfully?
• Trends & New Directions
• What are the most prominent instructional technology phenomena/trends in your workplace/sector (K-12, higher education, business, medicine, military…)?
• What is your view of new direction in the field?
• Link to your job/internship/fieldwork opportunities search
• If you hire a new instructional designer/ technology support staff/ etc., what qualities are important to you? Are there any specific competencies that you are
• Are there any internship opportunities or field work experience available in your workplace?
Interview Report Assignment Template
After conducting your interview with an IT professional, write a report approximately 5 pages in length. Include the following information:
GCS Rev. 2000, Rev. 2/2006
GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS JOB DESCRIPTION
JOB TITLE: SPECIALIST – INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
AUXILIARY SERVICES DIVISION
GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB
Provides instruction, training, and resources in or
der to facilitate the use of technology in the
classroom which will increase student use and
knowledge about technology. May coordinate and
direct the activities of Technology Assistants.
Reports to the Supervisor – Instructional
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Provides input in the development of a system
-wide and building level programs that enables
students to use technology as learning tools. I
nvestigates and disseminates information on best
practices for technology integration, sources of in
formation on trends, research and applications
related to technology use in the school program.
Teaches demonstration lessons with the teach
er taking over class instruction after the
demonstration. Is an effective model/leader of the ongoing program.
Gathers information documenting the effectiveness of
the program, interprets this information, and
provides constructive input in evaluation of the program.
Provides training to teachers in the use of current technology to meet curriculum goals.
Provides training to teachers in computer competencies.
Provides training to teachers to ensure integration
of student computer competencies as outlined by
Participates in the development of activities that
help integrate technology into various curriculum
areas at the local and state level.
Maintains current knowledge of technology and instru
ctional practices that relate to the use of
Provides resource information relating to new techni
ques and practices that relate to the use of
technology and that enable students to use technology as a learning tool.
Instructional Technology Specialist
GCS Rev. 2000, Rev. 2/2006
Teaches formal workshops for renewal credit and
mini-sessions on single t
opics for the staff of
Communicates with school and district personnel,
parents, and community to share information
about the technology program.
Serves as liaison between the district and local, state, and federal agencies.
Assists in the development and implementation of technology professional development.
Assists with special projects, i.e. telecommunications, multimedia, dtp, etc.
Works with the school media persons to mainta
in accurate records involving computer use,
inventory and maintenance.
Assesses the needs and plans for new technology
of assigned schools and communicates these to
the appropriate personnel or technology committee.
Follows ethical guidelines applicable to the
position as outlined by professional organizations
and/or federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
Provides assistance in the selection, orderi
ng, receiving, and installing new equipment and
Communicates with technology vendors.
Assesses the need for miscellaneous items such as
cables, power strips, power cords, and adapters,
Assists school personnel in securing supplies for classroom and lab use.
Facilitates the use of computer labs.
Troubleshoots hardware and software problems, and recommends repairs as needed.
Supports the use of computers in classrooms.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in education supplemented by speci
alized computer courses and 3 to 5 years of
experience; or any equivalent combination of
training and experience which provides the required
skills, knowledge, and abilities.
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