2012 GAETC

What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media

This page contains resources from my sessions at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference. These materials are made available under a Creative Commons 3.0 attribution-share alike license, which means that you are both allowed and encouraged to use them! Please contact me if you have any other questions about these resources.

November 8, 2012

A. Getting beyond fear

A0. Some things to take home with you today

A1. Safety, security, and fear

A2. Some old slide decks

A3. Juvenoia (David Finkelhor)

A4. Other research, writing, and thinking

A5. Pew Internet & American Life Project

A7. Miscellaneous resources

B. Leadership Luncheon

B0. Some things to take home with you today

B1. Getting started

B2. They own the issue, not you
B3. They own the solutions, not you
B6. Formal and informal messages sent by system
  • Position descriptions
  • Hiring criteria
  • Classroom walkthrough rubrics
  • Staff meeting conversations
  • Modeling by leaders
  • etc.
B7. Lack of implementation fidelity
B8. Poor technology purchasing choices
B9. Lack of models/exemplars (problem- / inquiry- / challenge-based learning resources)

B10. Building capacity

B11. Powerful learning opportunities

B12. Some guiding questions
  • What can we do to increase the cognitive complexity of students’ day-to-day work so that they are more often doing deeper thinking and learning work?
  • What can we do to better incorporate digital technologies into students’ deeper thinking and learning work in ways that are authentic, relevant, meaningful, and powerful?
  • What can we do to give students more agency and ownership of what they learn, when they learn, how they learn, and how they show what they’ve learned?
  • What can we do to better recognize and assess when students’ deeper thinking and learning work is (or isn’t) occurring?
  • What can we do to build the internal capacity of both individual educators and school systems to be better learners and faster change agents?
  • As we move toward more cognitively-complex, technology-suffused learning environments, how do we bring educators, board members, parents, communities, policymakers, and higher education along with us?
  • As we move toward more cognitively-complex, technology-suffused learning environments, how do we ensure that traditionally-underserved student and family populations aren’t further disadvantaged?
  • As we move toward more cognitively-complex, technology-suffused learning environments, what individual and societal mindsets – and local, state, and federal policy supports and/or barriers – need reconsideration?

B13. Closing thoughts

C. Facilitating Powerful Technology Integration in Your Classroom

C0. Some things to take home with you today

C2. Powerful learning opportunities

C3. Building capacity

C5. Problem- / Inquiry- / Challenge-based learning resources
C6. Standards you should know about

Miscellaneous Resources

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