Calling all bloggers! - Leadership Day 2008
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Many of our school leaders (principals, superintendents, central office administrators) need help when it comes to digital technologies. A lot of help, to be honest. As I've noted again and again on this blog, most school administrators don't know\n
- what it means to prepare students for the 21st century;\n
- how to recognize, evaluate, and facilitate effective technology usage by students and teachers;\n
- what appropriate technology support structures (budget, staffing, infrastructure) look like or how to implement them;\n
- how to utilize modern technologies to facilitate communication with internal and external stakeholders;\n
- the ways in which learning technologies can improve student learning outcomes;\n
- how to utilize technology systems to make their organizations more efficient and effective;\n
- and so on...
Administrators' lack of knowledge is not entirely their fault. Most of them didn't grow up with these technologies. Many are not using digital tools on a regular basis. Few have received training from their employers or their university preparation programs on how to use, think about, or be a leader regarding digital technologies.\n
So... let's help them out.
In response to that post, on July 4, 2007 American Independence Day a number of you helped me celebrate independent (and hopefully innovative) thinking and leadership by blogging about effective school technology leadership:\n
A year later our leaders still need help, of course. So I am putting out a new call for people to participate in Leadership Day 2008.\n
On July 4, 2008, blog about whatever you like related to effective school technology leadership: successes, challenges, reflections, needs. Write a letter to the administrators in your area. Post a top ten list. Make a podcast or a video. Highlight a local success or challenge. Recommend some readings. Do an interview of a successful technology leader. Respond to some of the questions below or make up your own. Whatever strikes you. Please tag your post with these Technorati tags:\n
and/or link back to this post. If you don't have a blog, comment on someone else's post and/or send your thoughts to me and I will post them for you. I will do a summary afterward of what folks wrote and talked about [bloggers, this means some new readers probably will head your direction!].\n
Some prompts to spark your thinking
- What do effective K-12 technology leaders do? What actions and behaviors can you point to that make them effective leaders in the area of technology? \n
- Do administrators have to be technology-savvy themselves in order to be effective technology leaders in their organizations? \n
- What are some tangible, concrete, realistic steps that can be taken to move administrators forward? Given the unrelenting pressures that they face and their ever-increasing time demands, what are some things that administrators can do to become more knowledgeable and skilled in the area of technology leadership? \n
- Perhaps using the NETS-A as a starting point, what are the absolutely critical skills or abilities that administrators need to be effective technology leaders? \n
- What is a technology tool that would be extremely useful for a busy administrator (i.e., one he / she probably isn't using now)? \n
- What should busy administrators be reading (or watching)?
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Please join us for this important day because, I promise you, if the leaders don't get it, it isn't going to happen.\n