21st Century CIOs for 21st Century Schools


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This presentation was done on December 6th, 2008 at The Association of Boarding Schools conference in Baltimore, MD. We had a great group of 12 independent school administrators and teachers. Thanks to those who came and enjoy!

The resource wiki for this presentation is available @ http://antonioviva.pbwiki.com/21st-Century-CIOs

PLEASE NOTE: There are 3 videos that were embedded into the Keynote did not capture in the final video. Here are the links in the order of their appearance.

\"A Vision of Students Today\"

\"The New Media Literacies\"

\"The Networked Student\"

Description: By rethinking what we mean by technology leadership in our schools can we effectively change the landscape in order to harness this powerful new reality to improve teaching and learning? A better understanding that the role of a school CIO includes business partner, classic IT support provider, integrator, strategic thinker and educator, as well as a redefining of attributes and job description are some of the first steps schools can take to help navigate the world of technology 2.0.

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21st Century CIOs for 21st Century Schools

  1. 1. 21st Century CIOs for 21st Century Schools Antonio Viva Associate Head of School Worcester Academy Sunday, December 7, 2008 1
  2. 2. Some background... Classroom teacher (English, Technology and Theater) 1995-2000 Senior Research and Development Associate for EDC on US Dept. of Education Research Project (focus on curriculum, leadership and technology development in schools) Hired in 2002 as CIO at Worcester Academy Associate Head of School in 2004 Sunday, December 7, 2008 2
  3. 3. Goal 1 Understand the changing landscape and the implications of technology 2.0 for our schools. Goal 2 Redefine the role and purpose of technology leadership in our schools. Goal 3 Identify our readiness to harness the power of technology to improve and enhance teaching and learning as well as support marketing, communication and development efforts. Sunday, December 7, 2008 3
  4. 4. Our Space Sunday, December 7, 2008 4
  5. 5. Classroom Walker Hall Worcester Academy Sunday, December 7, 2008 5
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  14. 14. What Do These Companies Have in Common? Sunday, December 7, 2008 14
  15. 15. Source: BusinessWeek “The Top 100 Most Innovative Companies Ranking “ Sunday, December 7, 2008 15
  16. 16. These companies contain environments that cultivate and foster creativity, innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, and real world problem solving. Sunday, December 7, 2008 16
  17. 17. Sir Ken Robinson @ NAIS Farmers understand that they don’t get anything to grow, they simply create the right environments where the plants will do what is in their nature. Preparing our students to “use technology that hasn’t been invented yet, to solve problems we don’t know are problems” must begin by rethinking our teaching and learning environments. By looking to innovative companies such as Google, Apple and 3M, can we adopt their workspace philosophy to reshape the nature of how we work with students, how schools effectively manage the deployment of technology rich resources and how teachers collaborate with one another. Sources; Sir Ken Robinson, NAIS Keynote NYC 2008, “Shift Happens” by Karl Fisch Sunday, December 7, 2008 17
  18. 18. Our Students Sunday, December 7, 2008 18
  19. 19. A Kansas State University working group led by Dr. Michael Wesch dedicated to exploring and extending the possibilities of digital ethnography. http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=119 Sunday, December 7, 2008 19
  20. 20. “We have high hopes for our schools. Four seem common to many of us.” Maximize human potential Facilitate a vibrant, participative democracy in which we have in informed electorate that is capable of not being “spun” by self-interested leaders. Hone the skills, capabilities, and attributes that will help our economy remain prosperous and economically competitive. Nurture the understanding that people can see things differently–and that those differences merit respect rather than persecution. “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” by Clayton M. Christensen (co-authors Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson) Sunday, December 7, 2008 20
  21. 21. “Without having some mastery of computers, citizens cannot access the information that they need, let alone be able to use it productively, synthesize it revealingly, or challenge it knowledgeably. And needless to say, in the absence of some mastery of science and technology, individuals can scarcely hope to contribute to the continuing growth of these vital sectors. Moreover, informed opinions about controversial issues like stem cell research, nuclear power plants, genetically modified foods, or global warming presuppose a grounding in the relevant science and technology” Howard Gardner, Five Minds for the Future, Harvard Business School Press, 2006 Sunday, December 7, 2008 21
  22. 22. “The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind - computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. BUT the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. The people - artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers - will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.” Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind, Penguin Group, 2005 Sunday, December 7, 2008 22
  23. 23. http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/newmedialiteracies Sunday, December 7, 2008 23
  24. 24. Our Teachers Sunday, December 7, 2008 24
  25. 25. (@courosa on Flickr.com) Sunday, December 7, 2008 25
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  27. 27. Web: http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/ Twitter: twitter.com/WendyDrexler Sunday, December 7, 2008 27
  28. 28. Our Leadership Sunday, December 7, 2008 28
  29. 29. Chief Information Officer(CIO): (CIO) is a job title commonly given to the person in an organization responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support institutional goals. Emphasis on more technical or traditional “IT Director” positions need to decrease in favor of CIO’s with a detailed understanding of education (curriculum, instruction and assessment) and a perspective on institutional strategic goals and mission. Sunday, December 7, 2008 29
  30. 30. CIO Role Responsibility Business Partner Organizational strategic planning and revising business process Classic IT support provider Foundations of IT support and responsive department Contract oversight Relationships with IT vendors, contract negotiation and contract supervision Integrator Integration of all internal and external systems Informaticist and IT Ensure security and accuracy of institutional data strategist and alignment of IT department with the institution IT educator Evangelist for computer use and understanding and educator of employees on how IT innovations bring value to the organization Roles a CIO Will Need to Fulfill Source: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research Research Bulletin; Volume 2003, Issue 22, Oct. 28,2003 Sunday, December 7, 2008 30
  31. 31. What makes a killer CIO? BUILD BETTER RELATIONSHIPS CAPABLE OF HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS SERVE AS THE GREAT ALIGNER CAN BALANCE THE NEED TO EXPAND AND/OR CONTRACT TECHNOLOGY John Savarese is a consulting principal for Edutech International. COPYRIGHT 2004 Professional Media Group LLC COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group Sunday, December 7, 2008 31
  32. 32. John Savarese is a BUILD BETTER consulting principal for Edutech International. COPYRIGHT 2004 Professional Media Group RELATIONSHIPS COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale LLC Group CIOs no longer boast about having wired the campus. Instead, they focus on their success in building relationships, upward, downward, and 360 degrees. David Smallen, vice president for Information Technology at Hamilton College (NY), offers a way for CIOs to communicate persuasively with the rest of the decision-makers. They need to develop quot;benchmarks and other metrics that help the members of the institution clearly understand the costs and tradeoffs of different approaches to providing IT services,quot; he says. The CIO's relationships require not just sharing power, but educating others about IT issues so that they can take a meaningful part in decisions. Sunday, December 7, 2008 32
  33. 33. John Savarese is a consulting principal for CAPABLE OF HAVING Edutech International. COPYRIGHT 2004 Professional Media Group DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale LLC Group quot;The most successful CIOs,quot; says David Gregory, chief Information Technology officer at Colgate University quot;are experts at having difficult conversations.quot; quot;A CIO gets fewer e-mails, fewer carts, and is asked to fewer meetings,quot; notes Gregory. quot;But when the network is plagued by virus attacks and e- mail or printing stops working, the CIO becomes the center of attention-- mostly unwanted attention.quot; The most skilled CIOs can navigate through these troubled waters, focusing the technical professionals on solving the problems, satisfying the faculty and staff--without caving in to unreasonable demands--and articulating the problem and solution for the administrators. Sunday, December 7, 2008 33
  34. 34. John Savarese is a SERVE AS THE GREAT consulting principal for Edutech International. COPYRIGHT 2004 Professional Media Group ALIGNER COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale LLC Group “One word that came up repeatedly in describing the successful CIO was alignment. This may be a symptom of our times--the traditional goals of IT departments have not always been in tune with overall institutional priorities, or at least have not been seen that way.” James Penrod, professor in the College of Education at the University of Memphis (TN) and a frequent writer on IT management, sees alignment as an integral part of the life cycle of every IT project. His description of the ideal CIO is one who quot;works to establish and facilitate an institutional project proposal prioritization, alignment, and implementation process for all projects proposed from within the ranks of the institution.quot; Sunday, December 7, 2008 34
  35. 35. John Savarese is a CAN BALANCE THE NEED TO consulting principal for Edutech International. COPYRIGHT 2004 EXPAND AND/OR CONTRACT Professional Media Group LLC TECHNOLOGY COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group For IT Directors/CIOs: “Is it better to have a track record of expanding the role of IT and growing the technology budget and staff, or is it more apropos these days to show that you successfully managed a downturn in the face of fiscal realities?” Why not consider both? Despite cuts to IT budgets, independent school IT departments should be charged and capable of expanding products and services while at the same time reducing overall operating expenses. “In fact, many CIOs we contacted were rolling out new technologies and programs despite cutbacks. Frequently mentioned were distance [earning, wireless networking, student ownership of computers, high-performance computing, Internet 2 initiatives, and new business and community partnerships.” Sunday, December 7, 2008 35
  36. 36. Next Steps Sunday, December 7, 2008 36
  37. 37. Change must be ORGANIC An Organic approach to change meets each user/member of the community using their specific strengths and passions as the starting point. Sunday, December 7, 2008 37
  38. 38. Organic Change Comprehensive school change mandates do not honor the diversity in our schools. Technology mandates in particular, create anxiety, fear and self doubt. Strategic vision, mission driven decisions and institutional goals are non- negotiable. How we get to the final destination is filled with possibilities, open to conversation and collaborative. Establish a culture where creativity, innovation and the appetite to try new things are the norm. Never fear making mistakes enjoy the beauty of learning from it. Support the inventors, creative thinkers, risk takers, self-described “artists” and innovators with resources, professional development and public accolades. Don’t follow trends, create them. Copyright 2007 - Antonio Viva Sunday, December 7, 2008 38
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  40. 40. Questions? Sunday, December 7, 2008 40
  41. 41. Follow me on Twitter to continue the conversation! twitter.com/antonioviva or @antonioviva Sunday, December 7, 2008 41
  42. 42. Contact Information Email – antonioviva@me.com Twitter – twitter.com/antonioviva Skype – antonioviva iChat – antonioviva@mac.com Social Networks LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/antonioviva del.ici.ous – delicious.com/antonioviva Facebook – profile.to/antonioviva/ Online Blog – antonioviva.com EDSocialMedia Contributor – www.edsocialmedia.com Student Work – wamash.com Sunday, December 7, 2008 42