[cross-posted at the TechLearning blog]

On June 28, I invited bloggers and readers to participate in Leadership Day on July 4. Specifically, I asked participants of the blogosphere to write about effective school technology leadership: successes, challenges, reflections, needs, etc. A variety of folks participated in the conversation:

  • Jeanette Johnson listed her Top Ten (Not So Good) Reasons Why Educational Leaders Don't Embrace Digital Technologies.
  • Sylvia Martinez affirmed the importance of student leaders, saying that while we wonder where the future technology leaders 'will come from, there they sit in front of us everyday, being ignored.'
  • Chris Eldred has never worked under an administrator that made technology a priority of any kind. In fact, his current principal admits that e-mail isn't a priority so no one e-mails her.
  • Along the same lines, Max at backbythebell wondered what it will take before administrators see enough benefit in IT tools to actually promote their usage in schools.
  • At Books and Bytes, RSS was identified as a perfect tool for job-embeddded training for administrators. An attempt also was made to aggregate all of the posts with the schooltechleadership tag.
  • Susan Brooks-Young listed some technology tools that she regularly recommends to principals.
  • Jennifer Lubke thinks that principals should let teachers count online participation in academic learning networks as required inservice hours.
  • Gerald Ardito affirmed the importance of leadership when it comes to technology and was appreciative of being in an encouraging and supportive environment.
  • Christopher Shively sadly noted that his university's school administator certification program has had very little coverage of technology issues.
  • Tracy Rosen recognized that she 'can not expect the teachers ... to try something new if [she is] not willing to learn as well.'
  • Steve Poling thinks administrators should be actively reading blogs by other administrators, teachers, and even students.
  • Similarly, VWB at A Library By Any Other Name highlighted a few blog posts that every administrator should read.
  • Jason Bednar believes that there is a lot of power in using wikis.
  • Carolyn Foote listed a number of different activities that can be used to facilitate technology conversations with administrators.
  • Kyle Brumbaugh noted that he wants to be a leader that works to five education 'independence from the industrial age.'
  • The Coordinator's Office described a successful technology training initiative that included administrators.
  • Glenn Moses said that independence and school leadership 'don't seem to hang out too much.'
  • Brandon Waggoner does not believe that administrators need to be tech-savvy themselves to be effective technology leaders.
  • Doug Johnson helpfully listed some past articles and other resources on K-12 technology leadership.
  • Dana Huff said that 'many administrators don't see the need for certain uses of technoogy ... because they felt they got on all right, thank you very much, without them, so why should others need them?'
  • Ruth Okoye said that principals who are falling behind in technology should staff to their weakness and lead by example. She also listed some helpful things that even non-tech-savvy principals can do.
  • Finally, my own post at the TechLearning blog emphasized the importance of appropriately designing professional development for administrators. (see also Patrick Higgins' take on my list)

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Leadership Day, including the numerous people who commented on the invitation post, the TechLearning blog, or Dangerously Irrelevant. Maybe we'll do it again next year!