dcsimg

Career Story: Audio-Visual And Computer Specialist At A Public High School

Audio-Visual And Computer Specialist At A Public High School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in North Carolina.

Education: BA, Oberlin College •• MS, Cornell University

Previous Experience: Before teaching in public school, I taught at a residential outdoor education center and in summer camps.

Job Tasks: I work with teachers, administrators, and students to facilitate their use of technology. This includes both technical and curricular support. We use a wide variety of productivity applications, focused largely on media like movies, podcasts, slide shows and graphic design and layout.

When requested by classroom teachers, I work directly with students on independent projects and with classes on classroom projects. Sometimes I lead instruction, sometimes I co-teach, and sometimes I assist the classroom teacher, depending on the demands of the specific project. In addition, I update the school's website. I also help maintain the computers and the computer network at the school and help make purchasing decisions.

I am based in the Media Center of the school. So I also help maintain open circulation in the library and respond to in-time help requests by students and staff.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I like the variety of the job and enjoy solving and troubleshooting the technical issues that arise. I really like seeing the excitement of teachers and students as they work to produce materials for their classrooms.

I get frustrated by having to address the same sort of roadblocks all the time. Some people just are very resistant to learning new technologies. They are so afraid of making a mistake, and they don't really learn how to approach the technology. They "cookbook" it instead.

Job Tips: Make sure teaching is right for you. If you don't enjoy working with kids, it's probably not the field for you. If you don't like learning new things, you won't be successful.

Take science courses! Most elementary teachers come woefully ill-prepared to teach science, focusing instead on language arts (reading) and mathematics.

Don't expect to leave school right at the end of the day, or if you do, be prepared to take work home with you.

Establish control of your class from the first day. If you're tough and consistent for the first few weeks, it pays off in the long run.

Popular Schools offering Computer Technology Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.

  • Programs: Doctor of Management – Higher Education Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Doctorate

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

  • Programs: Master's (M.Ed.) - Curriculum and Instruction for Educators, Master's (M.Ed.) - Adult Education and Training
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: General Education - Doctor of Education, MEd - Reading Education, E-Learning - EdS, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Multiple Subject English Learner Teaching Credential, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Equity, Ethics, and Justice, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA Teaching: Middle Grades, M.Ed. - Teaching and Learning, Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate, Certificate

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

  • Programs: Instructional Design & Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Secondary School Teachers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Secondary School Teachers, including:

Back to Top