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Maybe the problem is that the HoF is a technophobe whose fear of ICT is getting in the way of what you are all supposed to be doing. Her line manager should be checking that the documents produced do reflect what actually happens rather than exist as token responses.
Have you asked for the use of ICT to be a standing item on a faculty agenda? Are there TLR holders in the faculty who feel the same way you do and who can be relied upon for support?
The DH sounds a good idea, but you need the support of your other colleagues as your HoF may see it as something else. The DH has plenty of tactful ways of bringing this to your HoF's attention without involving you, e.g. in link meetings or more openly at the HoF's group.
Those who, for understandable reasons, seek to protect themselves can do more long-term damage than they realise. It is your place to raise this. After all, your own teaching experience, your professional development and the subject are affected and not in a way you'd like.
Technology has moved on so fast that I also struggle to keep apace - at aged 55, I had never used a computer until I started teaching 17 years ago and even then it was only for simple word processing of worksheets, we even used a banda for copying!! Now I have to take registers, write reports, add all my marks, analyse data and horror of horrors, get to grips with the VLE!! Sometimes I spend more time hiding behind a screen than I do talking to the students - and as for powerpoints, save me from any more Inset Days watching jazzy slides which say nothing of any importance! So no, I do not embrace all the new ideas instantly, I do not load up my homework onto the VLE and mark it there as I prefer to annotate a piece of paper! And just today I heard that it is likely that all staff will be getting I Pads to relace lap tops in September so I will have to get to grips with another operating system.
Why not offer to be the IT Champion for your team and take the lead on developing all the initiatives? Your HOF might apreciate the support and it would look good on your CV if you wanted to apply for another job.
Now, where I have put my carbon paper, I need to make a copy of a report!!
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