Earlier this year, we shared a blog post on how Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD in Texas had created and effectively implemented an Instructional Technology Implementation Plan to maximize technology integration and teacher support—a piece which involved incentive programs to encourage teacher participation by offering the opportunity to attend a regional or state education conference.
Recently, we followed up with Daniel Saenz, Information Technology Director for the district, to see how the program worked out, as well as how it could be replicated at other schools.
Atomic: Why did you decide to implement an incentive for Atomic Learning?
Saenz: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD decided to Purchase Atomic Learning as a means of providing Technology Professional Development to our employees. Since we have a relatively small training staff in the Technology Department, we figured it would be ideal to supplement our efforts. However, we were not satisfied with the level of usage by our employees. Therefore, we decided to implement an incentive program to promote the Atomic Learning usage.
Atomic: What was the focus of the program?
Saenz: The main goal of our incentive program with regards to Atomic Learning was to increase the usage of the Atomic Learning system. We wanted to get our teachers and staff more tech literate. We also wanted them to use technology to facilitate teaching and learning as well as streamline the daily routines at our district.