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.
I lost one of my principals in our Principal Blogging Project today. I'm not very happy about it. You see, it's your fault.
She was a fabulous blogger. She used her blog to share great things
that were happening in her school. She uploaded photos and graphics to
create student and parent interest. She hyperlinked to helpful
resources. She was a master at using her blog to enhance communication
with parents and build school community. Parents and students loved it.
She was even featured in the newspaper for her blogging efforts.
But then you came to the district. Its new superintendent. The
person who is supposed to lead the way. And you shut her down. Why?
Because of a few negative parent comments on a few blog posts.
You had the chance to do the right thing. You had the chance to hear
your principal tell you about the power of this new communication
medium. You had the chance to find out that every major corporation is
blogging and that there are numerous reasons why administrators should blog.
You had the chance to learn about the technology and the fact that
individual commenters could be blocked or that comments could be turned
off altogether. Sure, some interactivity would be disabled. Sure, some
of the power of blogging would be lost. But at least the principal's
voice could have been preserved.
But you didn't. Instead you had a knee-jerk reaction and shut her
down. Closed her off. Relegated her to the inefficiencies of a listserv
and a paper newsletter.
The irony is that you say on your district web page that you embrace
change. That you value the input of parents and the local community.
That you always want to do what's best for kids. How do you reconcile
shutting down your cutting-edge principal's use of modern communication
tools with your so-called values?
Shame on you. You're supposed to be modeling effective leadership.
You're supposed to be facilitating your building-level leaders' use of
21st century technologies so that teachers and students will be more
likely to use them. You're supposed to be the penultimate "lifelong
learner" in your organization. As someone who prepares superintendents,
I am not impressed.
Congratulations. You've moved your school system one step closer to
the 19th century. I'm sure your parents and community will thank you
for it. May your reign be short.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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