Technology Leaders Wanted:
Acknowledging the Leadership Role of a
Technology Coordinator
By William Sugar and Harold Hollo...
Overview
Technology

Coordinator’s
Responsibilities
Focus on Leadership
Initial Investigation & Results
Implications o...
Technology Coordinator’s
Responsibilities
“Multi-hat”
“…responsible

for promoting technology
integration within a schoo...
Four Main Responsibilities
Responsibility

Task

Instruction

Model best practices; staff
development; effective
technolog...
A shared responsibility?
Within

a school district, who is
responsible for providing technology
leadership?
Should this ...
“Technology staff need more
leadership training and leaders
need more technology training.”
Nine Leadership Characteristics
Corporate

vision
Development of
Others
Facilitating
Servant Leadership
Problem Solvi...
An initial investigation
Full-time

technology coordinator for a
middle school with 37 teachers
Mixed-method approach
◦ ...
Observation Results
The

technology coordinator did exhibit
characteristics of a leader
Problem-solving & Facilitating w...
Survey Results
Implications
Curricular

revisions for training

◦ School improvement planning
 Corporate vision, Systems Thinking, & Re...
Resources
Sugar, W., & Holloman, H. (2009).
Technology Leaders Wanted:
Acknowledging the Leadership Role of a
Technology C...
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Technology Leaders Wanted: Acknowledging the Leadership Role of a Technology Coordinator

  1. 1. Technology Leaders Wanted: Acknowledging the Leadership Role of a Technology Coordinator By William Sugar and Harold Holloman Presentation by Doug Strahler GDIT 708: Technology Management and Leadership
  2. 2. Overview Technology Coordinator’s Responsibilities Focus on Leadership Initial Investigation & Results Implications of the results
  3. 3. Technology Coordinator’s Responsibilities “Multi-hat” “…responsible for promoting technology integration within a school or school district” (p. 66). Leading teachers in developing an effective K-12 environment
  4. 4. Four Main Responsibilities Responsibility Task Instruction Model best practices; staff development; effective technology integration Technical expertise Technology Purchases and recommendations; technical and networking support Planning and assessment Technology plans and policies; assessment Leadership Supervision; vision; collaboration
  5. 5. A shared responsibility? Within a school district, who is responsible for providing technology leadership? Should this leadership responsibility rest on one person or should it be shared? Is it the school administrator or the technology coordinator? Which school leader or leaders should provide the oversight?
  6. 6. “Technology staff need more leadership training and leaders need more technology training.”
  7. 7. Nine Leadership Characteristics Corporate vision Development of Others Facilitating Servant Leadership Problem Solving Resource Management School Communications Student Centeredness Systems Thinking
  8. 8. An initial investigation Full-time technology coordinator for a middle school with 37 teachers Mixed-method approach ◦ Observations & surveys Trained observer ‘shadowed’ for nine three-hour sessions and recorded each action Assigned one of the nine characteristics to each recorded action
  9. 9. Observation Results The technology coordinator did exhibit characteristics of a leader Problem-solving & Facilitating were the top two characteristics observed of this technology coordinator
  10. 10. Survey Results
  11. 11. Implications Curricular revisions for training ◦ School improvement planning  Corporate vision, Systems Thinking, & Resource management ◦ School’s needs analysis  Student Centeredness & School Communications ◦ In-box tasks  Problem-solving and Facilitating ◦ Leadership development self-assessment  Servant Leadership and Development of Others
  12. 12. Resources Sugar, W., & Holloman, H. (2009). Technology Leaders Wanted: Acknowledging the Leadership Role of a Technology Coordinator. TechTrends, 53(6), 66-75.

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