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  • 1. Leadership Principles in Technology Brian Mellott ITEC 545 27 August 2008
  • 2. Vision Why Incorporate Technology?
    • The “big-picture” view that school units use to encourage stakeholders to buy into educational technology programs.
    • ex. Columbia County Schools, Lake City, FL—“The vision is that technology is not used for technology’s sake but that there is a purposeful and advantageous component.”
  • 3. Planning Implementing Our Vision
    • A dynamic process for developing goals, roles, and the incorporation of technology into the educational community.
    • ex. “[A] successful plan serves as a model for future iterations that can incorporate new and emerging technologies and build upon a strong foundation.”
  • 4. Access Technology for All
    • All stakeholders (even those with disabilities) should have convenient, reliable access to comparable technologies.
    • ex. Roanoke City Public Schools, Roanoke, VA—Computing Seniors/Computing Parents program offers technology courses to senior citizens and parents by utilizing otherwise vacant computer labs. Everyone benefits from increased access and support of local schools.
  • 5. Integration Into the Classroom
    • Shifting pedagogies to incorporate new technologies as learning tools rather than simply supplanting the medium by which learning takes place.
    • ex. “[M]any teachers and administrators feel threatened because the change effort represents a journey into the unknown and [they] may not feel adequately prepared to face these challenges.”
  • 6. Assessment and Evaluation Is Our Plan Working?
    • Determining the effectiveness of the technology plan on teaching methods and on student learning of content knowledge.
    • ex. “As schools become better versed in the capabilities and practices supported by educational technologies, the technologies themselves can support school leaders as they evaluate the impact of technology, make better-informed decisions, and communicate this impact to stakeholders.”
  • 7. Support A Little Help, Please
    • Provide reliable equipment and a “safety net” to those who may be uncomfortable using technology for educational purposes.
    • ex. Deer Park Elementary School, Centreville, VA—Tech committee and tech resource teacher meet with grade level teams to set curricular goals and develop lesson plans that effectively integrate technology.
  • 8. Professional Development Teaching Teachers
    • Periodic training designed to make teachers more comfortable with technology and to encourage them to use that technology in the classroom.
    • ex. “Noting that teachers sometimes felt uncomfortable or intimidated demonstrating their emerging technology skills, one school dedicated a small room to continuous technology in-service.”
  • 9. Community Relationships Working For a Better Tomorrow
    • Schools, community, and business are mutually dependent entities. Success can only be assured when they all work together.
    • ex. “A successful school system invigorates a community and a thriving community supports its schools.”
  • 10. Ethical and Legal Issues How can we use information?
    • Encourage attitudes and knowledge that ensure the acceptable use of technologies and information in the educational community.
    • ex. “Educators and parents should help students develop responsible and appropriate Internet use habits.”
  • 11. Resources How to Learn More
    • For more information on Technology Leadership Principles, check out this site .