Upcoming book: What school administrators need to know about digital technologies and social media

Chris Lehmann and I submitted our book to the publisher yesterday:

McLeod, S., & Lehmann, C. (Eds.). (in press). What school administrators need to know about digital technologies and social media.

Man with book sitting in chairphoto © 2008 George Eastman House | more info (via: Wylio)We’re really excited about this book. Take a look at the chapter contributors below and you’ll see why [and before you ask, yes, there were many others that we could have asked and, yes, we had to make some difficult author/topic choices given the space limitations of a printed book].

The book is intended to help administrators

  1. gain a basic knowledge base,
  2. think critically about some key issues, and
  3. get some concrete suggestions for instructional and organizational uses of various digital technologies.

Chris and I will keep you posted as this gets closer to print!



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32 Responses to “Upcoming book: What school administrators need to know about digital technologies and social media”

  1. Will you make it an Open Source or Creative Commons book? Will there be an online version, as well?

  2. Hey, looks great…can’t wait to get my hands on such a comprehensive resource.

    If you want to add something on blended learning for the 2nd edition, please look me up!


  3. I wish. Our publisher doesn’t seem to be there yet…

  4. Hi Scott – congrats!

  5. This is great! Thank you! As a district administrator, I am continually trying to help my colleagues understand the value of digital-age tools to leadership and learning. This will serve as a resource in helping administrators “get it” so that they can better “lead it.”

  6. Need 28 copies this semester though. Is there a way we can purchase draft versions now for administrators/school leaders?

  7. Let us know when it’s available in print – I have several admin that would really get some good use out of those topics!

  8. Feel free to invite me to contribute in the future.


  9. Looks awesome! Can’t wait to purchase it!!

  10. Wondering if this is something practical for teachers too? As an administrator, I work hard every day to bring veteran teachers into the digital age. Looks like a good resource for anyone in the education field. Thoughts?

    • If you want to get teachers to use technology, give them an opportunity to present what they’re using. Just ask for volunteers to show what they’re doing already and you’ll be surprised at what you get. It’s a lot easier to see what someone else is doing and say “I can do that!” than to try to create something from scratch.

      I always go to conferences with a flash drive to ask for copies of presentations or materials that I like, and often provide suggestions for changes, additions, or other resources, and pass on anything that I’ve done with it. Collaboration means that everyone ends up with better materials.

  11. This looks like a book that will need periodic updates. Think about giving people who purchase the book a chance to access updates online for a modest price. Whenever I see a physical book I own come out with an update, it seems unfair that I have to purchase what I already own again just to get the new stuff. Also, let me know if I can get a review copy for my blog DrDougGreen.Com. Thanks so much and keep up the good work.

  12. Congratulations on the book!

  13. Please hurry, Sweden is in dire need of this book!

  14. Scott and Chris, thank you for your vision to see this through. I look forward to getting a copy and digesting it, but most importantly sharing with my colleagues. Administrators, directors, and coordinators desperately need this. I respect all the contributes and considering them a valuable member of our PLN. Some I am meeting for the first time. I can’t wait to grow in my own learning because of your leadership.

  15. Sounds like a great concept by an amazing group of educators collaborating together to teach others about educational technology!

    Cheers to everyone who worked on this. I cannot wait to read!


  16. Thanks…sounds insightful and practical. I’ll be the first to purchase the digital version, perhaps 2nd edition?

  17. Great stuff to you and all the contributors… with a line-up like that, and with the chosen chapters, there really is no need to be apologetic about anyone or anything being left out.

    My thoughts would be to allow each chapter writer the chance to post their contributions in their own spaces, and then charge for the book for the convenience of having the chapters in one convenient space.

    I’d sooner pay for a digital copy than a paper copy, I almost exclusively read on my phone these days. Save a tree:-)

  18. Congratulations on the upcoming publishing.

    Am I the only one who sees the inherent irony of this content in paper form?

    • Yes and no. Yes in the sense that it’s a tech book! No because many of the people we are trying to reach are not very digitally fluent. Since they still look to printed books for learning, we’re going to where the audience is! (otherwise I’d just keep blogging and tweeting and not worry about books)

      Hopefully our publisher will make a Kindle version of this too…

  19. Looking forward to publication. Sounds great.

  20. Congratulations on the book publishing opportunity. It’s too bad that this text is organized around a list of tech tools. That’s imposing a technologist’s view of education on school administrators, whom I assume organize their map of education very differently. I look forward to reading the text.


  21. Permit me to clean my feet from the muck of all this backslapping to offer a non-user friendly assessment of this book, which no doubt is more useful to padding the C.V.’s of the authors than offering anything groundbreaking to the field of education. I need only to check the topics list to deem nearly half of them pop culture inspired fluff that has no place in a classroom of serious learning. When we don’t strip the learning approach from the FAST, EASY, and FUN aspects of modern culture, we fail as educators. I’ve been on many of the contributor blogs and I am hit with the same unstated refrain … pop culture and modern education must overlap to be successful. Education (and society, for that matter) was once ruled by adult standards formed from the experience of previous generations, which kids were expected to conform to. Sadly, our society doesn’t produce enough real adults anymore, but retro adolescents who still play kiddie games at 35 and dress, think, and act like they’re still frat boys or sorority girls. Sorry, you can’t be a truly mature adult and not look at much of this electronic gadgetry without some level of disdain, because they are so heavily marketed to young people. I don’t despise young people, I just despise how they have been raised with false values, the presumption that they’re “special,” and the expectation that a parent is supposed to be their “friend.” This cluster-f— of behavioral inculcation overwhelms a majority of my fellow professionals, who consider “going along to get along” the simplest and easiest path through life, or, at least for 20-30 years until retirement.

    Sorry, but I cannot simply slide through life accepting what’s thrown down in front of me without a challenge. Rugged individualism has died along with common sense and reason. FAST, EASY, and FUN is the new mantra embraced by the 40 and unders of this profession.

  22. This is great! This topic really needs to be covered for administrators. When is publication expected?

  23. I’m looking forward to reading and sharing this.

  24. Do you have an ETA when it will be available for purchase?

  25. Congratulations, Scott. Looks like an important book for the field!

  26. Congratulations Scott,
    I definitely want a copy when it comes out. Let me know and I will read and take to our Admin. team. Looks great!

  27. Here you are – I caught up! Congratulations on publication, the book looks fascinating. Thank you for including contributors’ links. As a parent/teacher/researcher, I look forward to the conversation.

  28. Looks like a great resource! All looks like valuable information.

  29. Can’t wait until it comes out…hurry hurry! Any thoughts on how to use cell phones in the classroom–the nuts and bolts? I’m trying to get teachers on board and show them ways to integrate it while managing the administrative side. Also thinking about how the teachers can get feedback out more quickly with it. Thanks!

  30. Jen,
    Check out the book Toys to Tools by Liz Kolb and her website http://cellphonesinlearning.com.

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