One of the questions that I ask right at the beginning of our students’ School Technology Leadership
certificate program is whether administrators can be effective
technology leaders in their school organizations without being at least
somewhat technology-savvy themselves. Here are some example student
- Yes. They just need to get the right people on board and empower them appropriately.
new technologies in addition to everything else for which they’re
responsible. Principals need to focus on instructional and academic
leadership. Of necessity, the answer has to be yes for most school
teaching staffs. If a principal is going to ask her teachers to use
digital technologies, she better be using and learning technology too.
example, a principal doesn’t have to be an accounting expert to
effectively oversee her school business manager.
likely to integrate technology into their instruction when
administrators are modeling technology usage.
And so on…
What do you think? Can a school administrator be an effective leader
in the area of technology but not be very tech-savvy himself / herself?
How you answer this question is critically important in terms of how
you think about administrators’ professional development, job
expectations, time allocation, etc. I look forward to hearing from you!