Although I know I have a lot to learn about my new school and the individuals who make up the dedicated faculty there, one thing I'm sure of is that the people will always come before the technology. Getting to know the people and the passion that motivates them to be educators is the first step to for any successful instructional coach, whether focusing on technology integration or not.
Fortunately, I was able to attend ISTE last week with a few of my new colleagues. While grabbing a bite to eat in the airport with a couple of them, they generously filled me in on some of the school's traditions. They raved about how well they were treated by administration and how they felt the students were honored and cared for by all adults on campus. It warmed my heart to hear and see the affinity they have for their school. Without this culture of trust, no instructional initiative would be successful -- even one that includes the fun bells and whistles of technology.
I told him how good it felt to hear him talk about his passion and he smiled back at me. This is where all solid professional relationships start: they start with a question. That question is WHY. The passion should be revealed from there. Technology is not the answer. Tech integration should only enhance the teacher and student experience, deepen the passion. Passion comes first.