Technology Leadership, Planning and Implementation: Specific Strategies for Small School Districts Presented at SchoolDude University 2009 Vicki Smith Bigham President, Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc. Consultant to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
As you come into the session, please complete the Self Assessment of the K-12 Chief Technology Officer. Then take the 2 blue dots and the 2 yellow dots at your seat. On the skill area charts posted, place 1 blue dot on each of the 2 skill areas where you feel you are strongest and 1 yellow dot on each of the 2 skill areas where you feel you need the most growth .
From CoSN’s “What It Takes: Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO” http://www.cosn.org/resources/cto_council/excerpt.cfm
Leadership and Vision - Strategies for Small School Districts
Developing a shared vision and big-picture perspective on the district’s goals
Playing a key role in district-wide planning and goal setting
Serving comfortably as a change agent and consensus builder
Reaching Out to All Stakeholders Perspectives of Those Involved in Technology Planning Board Members Media Specialists District Administrators Teachers Principals/ Assistant Principals Business Manager Parents Students
Planning and Budgeting - Strategies for Small School Districts
Transforming the district vision for effective use of technology into a long-range plan
Beginning with strategic challenges and moving on to specific goals, objectives and action plans
What does Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) mean… …and what has it got to do with a school learning environment?
Barriers to More Effective Data-Driven Decision Making Barriers to Data-Driven Decision Making To what degree does your district consider the following to be barriers to a more effective data-driven decision making process? (N=353) (Percent Responding 8, 9, or 10 on a 10-point scale) Source: Grunwald Associates Lack of training and interoperability are the main barriers to more effective data-driven decisions. A lack of understanding of what to do with data is a barrier that is particular to large and medium districts.
Bad choices made by under-trained technology staff
Ethics and Policies - Strategies for Small School Districts
Understanding the social, legal and ethical issues related to technology
Modeling responsible decision making with regard to these areas
Building consensus around key issues related to appropriate use of technology, as well as communicating with all parties regarding what is expected of them
Communication Systems - Strategies for Small School Districts
Communicating with all members of the educational community
Using technology-enhanced tools to support communication with stakeholders
Telling the Technology Story . . . Public relations is a critical component of your district’s successful technology implementation— and it involves communicating on an ongoing basis with the range of stakeholders inside and outside the district.
Community Support Makes a Difference Source: Digital Leadership Divide , Grunwald Associates
Vicki Smith Bigham Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc. 8045-B Antoine #101 Houston, TX 77088 [email_address]