I recently applied and interviewed for an education technology position in my own district. I did not get it. This was a job I thought I wanted badly. Thankfully, I have seen the light. This position was not for me. I think I would be incredibly frustrated in that spot. I also would have to worry about job security. I can't do that. I got to keep making the money so I can raise my family.
The more I take a look at my district, I realize I need to be a place that is progressive, a place that wants me, and a place that does things for the right reasons. My district is not that. I really believe the reason I was not hired was because I am different. They plain and simple did not think I would fit in with their group, and you know what they were right. They think Microsoft Office in the cloud and Blackboard are progressive. They are not. If I am going to move to ed tech, I want to go some place that thinks bigger. I want to go somewhere that is teaching teachers how to build their own learning environments and doing things like deploying Google Apps. I want some place that wants to include their innovative leaders, and a place that actually listens to them to make decisions.
Really, the decision of my district to go with someone else is motivation. I am more motivated than ever to make my school the greatest tech school in the country. I am also going to continue spreading the good news of ed tech through this site and presentations all over the Southeast. The Google Teacher Academy and Apple Distinguished Educators are now a priority.
I will be just fine. It's time to build from within. I love where I am currently, and I am going to start working on my administrative degree. I really believe things are working the way they are to make me a front line change agent. If I keep going, I will be able to help make the change that my district and many others so desperately need.