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Leadership Principles in Technology


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Leadership Principles in Technology

  1. 1. Leadership Principles in Technology Information Gathered from The Knowledge Loom: Technology Leadership Amanda Tucker Fall 2008
  2. 2. Vision <ul><li>Vision sets the course for action. </li></ul><ul><li>All of those involved should be a part of the creation and implementation of the vision. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>present the vision in a way that shows the value, effectiveness, and importance of technology vision to school community. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Vision – Example <ul><li>Maine School Administrative District #11 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gardiner, ME </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Thanks to the vision of its superintendent, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>administrators, and teacher leaders and the support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of the local community, the schools of Maine School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative District #11 (MSAD #11), in the rural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>center of the state, have become a model for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>educational technology.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For the full feature story, click here </li></ul>
  4. 4. Planning <ul><li>Planning is the road map for success. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology plans must adapt with our ever-changing world. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>consistently reassess and make improvements to the technology plan to ensure its effectiveness. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Planning – Example <ul><li>Deer Park Elementary School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Centreville, VA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ The school's technology plan focuses on curricular goals, but keeps an eye on new and emerging technologies that might impact education.” </li></ul><ul><li>For the full feature story, click here </li></ul>
  6. 6. Access <ul><li>Access granted! </li></ul><ul><li>All faculty, staff, and students of all all ability levels should have access to technology. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>consider how the equipment will be safe and secure, yet also accessible. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Access – Example <ul><li>Bernice Hart Elementary School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Austin, TX </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Each classroom was then equipped with at least two </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>networked workstations with direct connection to the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet and e-mail. This equipment was part of a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state-of-the-art technology infrastructure…” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For the full feature story, click here </li></ul>
  8. 8. Integration <ul><li>Integrate = integral </li></ul><ul><li>Technology should not simply be an add-on to the curriculum, but rather an essential element in successful learning. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>model by example and show how to integrate technology as much as possible; including their own daily work. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Integration – Example <ul><li>Whitney Young Elementary School </li></ul><ul><li>Louisville, KY </li></ul><ul><li>“ All school staff members -- teachers, administrators, teacher aides, food service personnel, and custodians -- were invited to participate. The main goal of the program was to increase staff's self-confidence, while enhancing the academic and technological skills of students.” </li></ul><ul><li>To read more about their Webquest and Online Projects program, click here </li></ul>
  10. 10. Assessment and Evaluation <ul><li>Assessment and evaluation serve as the necessary checks and balances for teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction, at its best, is guided by assessment. Teachers should reflect and evaluate strategies in order to create assessment tools that are more efficient and effective. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>try as well as showcase for colleagues new technological ideas in the area of assessment. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Assessment – Research <ul><li>Using Technology for Assessment: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hardware and software that can be utilized for assessment include videoconferencing equipment (which can help with conducting screening interviews), computer-based scoring (which not only accelerates the scoring process, but reduces errors often associated with hand-scoring), expert diagnostic systems, and test development software (Bahr & Bahr, 1997).” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bahr, M. W. & Bahr, C. M. (1997). Educational assessment in the next millennium: Contributions of technology. Preventing School Failure, 41 (2), 90. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>For more information on the research in this area, click here </li></ul>
  12. 12. Support <ul><li>With the right support, you can teach an old dog new tricks. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to provide the support and training teachers need in order to feel comfortable integrating technology in their own classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provide school with support both mentally, in the way of help and encouragement, as well as physically, in the way of convenient access to the technology. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Support – Example <ul><li>Deer Park Elementary School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Centreville, VA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In addition to technical and pedagogical support, </li></ul><ul><li>“ The school also supports students and helps them to become familiar with complex software applications, such as spreadsheets and databases, through age-appropriate software and activities that focus on curricular goals.” </li></ul><ul><li>For the full feature story, click here </li></ul>
  14. 14. Professional Development <ul><li>Professional development supports life-long learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Training, in the form of professional development, is vital to become a better educator. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provide sufficient, meaningful learning experiences for teachers and staff. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Professional Development – Example <ul><li>Louisiana’s America2000 Technology Innovation Program </li></ul><ul><li>Macon Ridge, LA </li></ul><ul><li>A complete professional development program: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Macon Ridge has been cited as a success story by the EDC precisely because the online work is integrated into a complete professional development plan—a plan that includes on-site technical assistance, workshops, and training.” </li></ul><ul><li>For the full feature story, click here </li></ul>
  16. 16. Community Relationships <ul><li>Collaboration should extend outside school boundaries. </li></ul><ul><li>The greater community is often an untapped resource for the necessary funding and support needed for change and improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reach outside school to larger community in order to accomplish goals. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Community Relationships – Example <ul><li>Canfield Avenue Elementary School </li></ul><ul><li>Mine Hill, NJ </li></ul><ul><li>“ To achieve his vision of supporting curriculum with technology, Palestis used the success of the family programs and their wide base of community support to develop a multi-year technology plan. With curricular goals as a focus, a technology advisory committee was created from teachers, parents, board members, administrators, and community members, some of whom were experts in technology-related fields.” </li></ul><ul><li>For full feature story, click here </li></ul>
  18. 18. Ethical and Legal Issues <ul><li>Be smart and safe about the issues . </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to for students, parents, faculty, and staff to follow the rules and regulations and also to be aware of the potential dangers related to technology. </li></ul><ul><li>A good leader should… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>model acceptable use and provide education on the policies and procedures. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Ethical and Legal Issues – Research <ul><li>Using the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>“ Make decisions about Internet use based on your experiences and policies with existing instructional tools and on research about strategies and tools that increase the Internet's potential to support teaching and learning.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Burke, 2000; Mason, 1997; Pownell & Bailey,1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See next slide for full references </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To read more about the research in this area, click here </li></ul>
  20. 20. Additional References <ul><li>Burke, J. (2000). Rights, risks and responsibilities: Students and the Internet. Atlanta, GA: Southern Regional Education Board. </li></ul><ul><li>Mason, M. G. (1997). Sex, kids, and the public library. American Libraries, 28 (6). 104-105. </li></ul><ul><li>Pownell, D. & Bailey, G. (1999). Electronic fences or free-range students: Should schools use Internet filtering software? Learning & Leading with Technology, 27 (1), 50-57. </li></ul>