Leadership Day - Summary
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.
On June 28, I invited
bloggers and readers to participate in Leadership Dayon 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:
Johnsonlisted her Top Ten (Not So Good) Reasons Why Educational Leaders
Don't Embrace Digital Technologies.
Martinezaffirmed 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.'
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
at backbythebellwondered what it will take before administrators
see enough benefit in IT tools to actually promote their usage in schools.
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 postswith the schooltechleadership
Brooks-Younglisted some technology tools that she regularly recommends to
Lubkethinks that principals should let teachers count online participation
in academic learning networks as required inservice hours.
Arditoaffirmed the importance of leadership when
it comes to technology and was appreciative
of being in an encouraging and supportive environment.
Shivelysadly noted that his university's school administator certification
program has had very little coverage of technology issues.
Rosenrecognized that she 'can not expect the teachers ... to try something
new if [she is] not willing to learn as well.'
Polingthinks administrators should be actively reading blogs by other
administrators, teachers, and even students.
at A Library By Any Other Namehighlighted a few blog posts that
every administrator should read.
Bednarbelieves that there is a lot of power in using wikis.
Footelisted a number of different activities that can be used to facilitate
technology conversations with administrators.
Brumbaughnoted that he wants to be a leader that works to five education
'independence from the industrial age.'
Coordinator's Officedescribed a successful technology training
initiative that included administrators.
independence and school leadership 'don't seem to hang out too
Waggonerdoes not believe that administrators need to be tech-savvy
themselves to be effective technology leaders.
Johnsonhelpfully listed some past articles and other resources on K-12
'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?'
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.
own post at the TechLearning blog
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!
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Journalism got a big wake up call in 2016. Can we be optimistic about the future of media?
- "[T]o have a democracy that thrives and actually that manages to stay alive at all, you need regular citizens being able to get good, solid information," says Craig Newmark.
- The only constructive way to deal with fake news? Support trustworthy media. In 2018, Newmark was announced as a major donor of two new media organizations, The City, which will report on New York City-area stories which may have otherwise gone unreported, and The Markup, which will report on technology.
- Greater transparency of fact-checking within media organizations could help confront and correct fake news. Organizations already exist to make media more trustworthy — are we using them? There's The Trust Project, International Fact-Checkers Network, and Tech & Check.
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