Many of our school leaders (principals, superintendents, central
office administrators) need help when it comes to digital
technologies. A lot of help, to be honest. As I’ve noted again and
again on this blog, most school administrators don’t know
- what it means to prepare students for the 21st century;
- how to recognize, evaluate, and facilitate effective technology usage by
students and teachers;
- what appropriate technology support structures (budget, staffing,
infrastructure) look like or how to implement them;
- how to utilize modern technologies to facilitate communication with internal
and external stakeholders;
- the ways in which learning technologies can improve student learning
- how to utilize technology systems to make their organizations more efficient
- and so on…
Administrators’ lack of knowledge is not entirely their fault. Most of them
didn’t grow up with these technologies. Many are not using digital tools on a
regular basis. Few have received training from their employers or their
university preparation programs on how to use, think about, or be a
leader regarding digital technologies.
So… let’s help them out. Wednesday, July 4, 2007 is American Independence Day
and is as good a day as any to celebrate independent (and hopefully innovative)
thinking and leadership. I hereby invite all edubloggers to blog
about effective school technology leadership next Wednesday.
Blog about whatever you like: successes, challenges, reflections, needs.
Write a letter to the administrators in your area. Post a top 10 list. Make a
podcast or a video. Highlight a local success or challenge. Recommend some
readings. Do an interview of a successful K-12 technology leader. Respond to
some of the questions below or make up your own. Whatever strikes you. Please
tag your post with this Technorati tag:
and/or link back to this post. If you don’t have a blog, comment on someone
else’s post or send your thoughts to me and I’ll post ‘em for you. I’ll do a
summary afterward on what folks wrote and talked about.
Please join us for this important day, because I promise you: if
the leaders don’t get it, it isn’t going to happen.
Some prompts to spark your thinking
- What do effective K-12 technology leaders do? What actions and behaviors can
you point to that make them effective leaders in the area of technology?
- Do administrators have to be technology-savvy themselves in order to be
effective technology leaders in their organizations?
- What are some tangible, concrete, realistic steps that can be taken to move
administrators forward? Given the unrelenting pressures that they face and their
ever-increasing time demands, what are some things that administrators can do to
become more knowledgeable and skilled in the area of technology leadership?
- Perhaps using the NETS-A as a
starting point, what are the absolutely critical skills or abilities that
administrators need to be effective technology leaders?
- What is a technology tool that would be extremely useful for a busy
administrator (i.e., one he / she probably isn’t using now)?
- What should busy administrators be reading?