BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 4 - 10
MESSAGE FROM THE
AND CEA CHAIR
Diving into the Digital World
AT TIMES I'VE felt that "talking technology" is like pulling a thread on a sweater; before you know it there is a pile of yarn on the
floor. It is one of those discussions that begins with clarity and easily detours. The natural state of technology is to introduce
new, improved methods to efficiently and effectively attain our school's purpose.
We know that as school Owners/Managers, we must embrace technology to support school operations and functions such as,
Marketing, Admissions, Accounting, Financial
Aid, Compliance and Education. Whether you
are a techno-holic or techno-phobic, now is a
good time to review your operating needs for
TABLETS BRING A new experience to the classroom, and since its inception
Changes are driven by many factors. There's
only a few years ago, I've seen it transform education! I'm not the most techexternal, those mandated by federal, state and
savvy person, but as an embracer of change I knew I needed to get on the
bus or I'd be left behind.
accrediting agencies for reporting; the students'
Remember, technology isn't technology if it's always been around. A light
need for connection to information and social
media; and internally motivated improvements.
bulb isn't technology - but to my great grandparents, it was. Tablets are
The one area that is especially critical is edutechnology to you and me because we didn't always have them, but they aren't
cation delivery - orchestrating changes to be
to Generation Z because they don't know life without them.
seamless, considering the layers (faculty and
Turn on the light bulb and get on board! Here are my rules for using tablets
students) of training and IT demands. There are
in the classroom:
still uncertainties surrounding the approval of
1. Don't stress yourself out. You won't know how to use every function or
online education by our agencies, so blending
app - and that's OK!
an online platform with "in-school" curriculum
2. Validate your students by thanking them if they show you something
is one of several options.
you didn't already know. Allow them to teach you.
Technology is dynamic, and the degree of
3. Take a free class at an Apple store, your local library, community center or community college or go on YouTube to watch tutorials. If you
impact and growth is exponential. We can't
don't know how to tie your shoelace, you better learn. The same goes
delay our plan and hope the next generation
of equipment or software will offer our perfect
solution - that approach leads to inertia.
4. Your students should have "charging homework" every night. Be sure
So, fast forward two years and envision your
they come to class with full batteries on their tablets.
technology profile. Then, back to the present:
5. Be patient with older students who may be out of their comfort zone.
Assess your infrastructure and determine your
You can't cater your class to the majority. It's your job to teach to every
person - and some require more patience than others.
resource needs to attain your objectives - both
internal support and the need for specialized
6. Have your students capture important moments on video. Perhaps it's
external talent as support. Explore your options
a live demonstration or an important part of a lecture. Allow your class
to take pictures and video.
with the many qualified Associate Members/
vendors listed on beautyschools.org to learn
7. Encourage your students to share daily life at school on their social
(the learning curve can be a little steep) and
media posts. Create a hashtag specific to your class or a subject you're
discover how best to proceed. Work through a
"Technology Strategic Plan" with a 15-24 month
8. Have students check your facts or find videos and pictures relevant to
window; identify your timeline and be sure to
your class topic using simple Internet searches.
include benchmarks for assessing success. The
9. Take advantage of apps for surveys and teaching tools.
exercise is well worth the time and effort to
10. Transition handouts to documents made available on their tablets. You
assure you are not standing in a pile of yarn.
can easily share PDFs for them to store.
Never underestimate the power of an educator!
May the technology spirits bless us all!
Classroom Tool: Tablets
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