Superintendents and the Role of Technology


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November 3, 2012 presentation to the Supervisory Officer Qualification program (SOQP). Focus on how Superintendents use technology in their jobs.

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  • November 2012 – Presentation to SOQP candidates on the role of the superintendent as it relates to Learning in the 21 st Century
  • Begin with a role play activity
  • Have a participant read the Front Page of the Daily News
  • Process of creating a new SO team
  • Each Participant picks a role - Officially present each with their certificate of appointment
  • 5 minutes to prepare answers 5 minutes to share as a group
  • Family of School responsibilities include: 2 high schools, 1 intermediate, 9 elementary Learning Technologies Department (about 4 million dollar budget – not including staffing, and involves approximately 44 staff, 39 technical and 5 educators/teachers) School functions Also Business functions related to technology (payroll, H.R., facilities, central buildings, etc.,) Networks Equity and Inclusive Education Committee – 9 Boards in Eastern Ontario – Lead – coordinate conference calls, organize events, manage budget Managing Information and Student Achievement (MISA) – 9 Boards in Eastern Ontario – Lead – coordinate - budget for special projects – regular Ministry meetings in Toronto and provincial conference calls with other MISA PNC – professional Network Centres, across the province CODE Projects – Cross province network with other Boards working on similar Mobile Device projects OCSOA – our provincial association for Catholic Supervisory Officers Region one meetings and networking and sharing OCSOA mentor for another SO in another Board (2 years as mentee, and now 2 years as mentor) OcELC – steering committee member for provincial committee to support eLearning amongst Catholic Boards Board Responsibilities and Committees Assessment and Evaluation (Growing Success) Equity and Inclusive Education committee Board Improvement Plan (Goal 1 – Interdepartmental) 21 st Century Learning Committee Honours and Awards Committee
  • Ask what skills they feel they need to lead in the 21 st Century
  • ISTE has technology standards for administrtors Handout Nets for Administrators Handout Critical Conditions Discussion – 2 minutes to review critical conditions - Share their role in creating the critical conditions given their new portfolio
  • Mention the IEL and the System Level Leadership and the Catholic System Level Leadership framework
  • Avoid common Presentation mistakes
  • The key link to what has been discussed in Leadership and Relationships – not technology
  • Our process began 3 years ago with a systemic review of the department and the technological needs of our schools and an environmental scan of what was happening in the community - Outside resources, IBM provided an objective review of concerns and opportunities
  • Look back on where we were as a Board 3 years ago – similar to many Boards
  • We now annually review our planning document, Towards 2020 – Connecting with Our Students Management team input focus groups Department input - greatest input from a critical eye was the SO of planning and facilities
  • Example of our Board priorities and framework for 21 st Century Learning
  • We recognize that technology is not the answer, it is a support framework for our key priorities of student and staff success Lots of reading to become competent and develop some broader perspectives - sent our team to other Boards (networking) - linked with an SO from another Board – Greg Reeves – technology
  • Our assumption is that engagement leads to achievement, and at all times we need to keep students as the focus - Link to student success initiatives and lead from academic SOs
  • Infrastructure must be secure and reliable - Review role of SO in each of these areas
  • This slide gives you an idea of what is happening with Bring Your Own Device as more and more students bring devices to school. You’ll see that there are over 4600 iPods connecting everyday – I wonder how many of your students have an iPod that could be used as a learning device?
  • Equipment is one small piece and curriculum is an important component Review funding sources
  • Lots of role models Model use of Google Docs Demonstrate efficiencies of web 2.0 features such as room booking and Board Calendar Exec meetings using electronic Board meeting tools (Board Book)
  • Lots of Networking opportunities - Share current networks share networks within portfolios
  • Multiple in-service and delivery options My role in working directly with our staff
  • Don’t try and be someone else It is important to have others in your network or circle of influence that are not the same as you – this way you avoid groupthink and you can take into account different points of view and perspectives
  • Have each SO go through their role and explain how they lead change in their role related to each of these areas
  • we are all part of the changes and we will provide support to staff and to students as we continue to transition to a 21 st Century Learning and Teaching Environment
  • Superintendents and the Role of Technology

    1. 1. Learning in the 21st CenturyThe Role of the Superintendent T. D’Amico
    2. 2. BREAKING NEWSSuperintendents Win the Lottery!
    3. 3. Time to Create a Team
    4. 4. Pick a Role 5 Superintendents - Portfolios1.Superintendent of Planning and Facilities2.Superintendent of Student Services3.Superintendent of Student Success4.Superintendent of Learning Technologies5.Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education
    5. 5. How will you use technology in your role?What tasks and responsibilities do you have related to teaching and learning in the 21st Century?
    6. 6. My ResponsibilitiesFamily of SchoolsDepartmentNetworks / ProjectsCommitteesOther
    7. 7. What skills do you need?
    8. 8. National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators
    9. 9. Institute for Education Leadership
    10. 10. Presentation SkillsYou will be doing presentations… Click to view video
    11. 11. Leadership & RelationshipsTechnology is not theKey to success
    12. 12. A new SO’s Journey Where to start?
    13. 13. Systemic Review in 2010 • The world haschanged and thereis no turning back
    14. 14. Looking Back… 3 years ago Overhead projectors – minimal LCDsInformation Technology Silo Information Where Small number of Interactive Technology Silo do Whiteboards – various brands we Desktop computer in each class start Some wireless spots in some classes Lock down philosophy (Filter/Block) No central repository for information Slow and unreliable network No help desk or tracking of issues Students with special needs – withdrawn to use locked down laptops
    15. 15. Look how far we’ve come! 21st WhereCentury doLearning we go Board 21st Century next? Learning School Board
    16. 16. Board Priorities•
    17. 17. Learning goes beyond the classroom• No matter how much equipment a school or classroom has, unless the educators are well prepared, confident, and have had the chance to practice, little will change in the classroom Pg. 107
    18. 18. Students are the focus• • Focus Groups • Work with Partners • Environmental scan • Inter-departmental
    19. 19. Infrastructure Stability• Flexible Where Implementation do • Network Stability we • Increased Bandwidth • start?Enterprise Wireless • Bring Your Own Device • Support to VPs and Ps • Parent Presentations • Information to Trustees (WiFi research summary)
    20. 20. Wireless / BYOD SnapshotWireless Device Count • TypeDevice 29-May-11 16-Dec-11 25-May-12iPod 4457 4213 Where 4695Laptop - Board 3610 4186 do 3573Iphone 1571 2394 we 2898Netbook start? 1630Android 888 1413Blackberry 821 941 1107iPad 120 390 834Laptop - User 915 634Phone 67 68Macbook 65Others 429 26 71Total 11008 14020 16988
    21. 21. Older Schools / Re-tool• Where• Laptops / SmartBoards / do LCD projectors we • Link to Numeracy and start?Literacy - goals • 21st Century Learning contest and pilot projects • Innovation fund • Digital resources budget (2 year cycle review) • Learning Commons transformation
    22. 22. Leadership and Capacity Building• • Senior Leadership Team use of Technology Where do •Google Docs – collaborate on Board Improvement Plan we • 21st Century Learning start?- Journey to Leadership • Board-wide 21st Century Learning PD day focus • Variety of training and in- service opportunities – respect generation differences • Director’s System Address
    23. 23. Networking and Social MediaExpand your professional learning network• Twitter• Google Alerts (scan your environment)• Global Networks (• Connected Learning Networks – Example ScoopIT• Look for time savers – Teleconference vs travel to Toronto – Video conference options
    24. 24. Networking and Social MediaExpand your professional learning network• Twitter• Global Networks (Edweb)• Connected Learning Networks• *School
    25. 25. Be YourselfThe role changes but the person shouldn’t
    26. 26. Leading Change• Empowerment• Relationship Building• Facilitating and Coordinating• Developing Others (Priorities and Focus)• Strategic Planning and sharing the vision• Positional Power (be aware of it at all times)• Tough Decision and Honest Feedback• Students as the focus for decisions
    27. 27. Look into the future… and make it happen