TIES - Final thoughts
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.
A few final notes about the TIES
- The highlight of the conference for me was the hour I got to spend hanging
out with Dr.
Jim Hirsch, Assistant Superintenent for Technology and Academic Services,
Plano (TX) Independent School District. Jim and I talked about a variety of
topics, including the need for better technology leadership training for K-12
administrators (surprise!), the difficulty of influencing policymakers, and the
potential power of federal (or foundation) investment in free, high-quality,
wiki-based, multimedia textbooks. I'll blog on this latter issue sometime
intersect with CASTLE. Two of
our alumni were honored at the TIES conference. Matt Oswald, a math
teacher at Stillwater (MN) Area High School and a member of our third School
Technology Leadership cohort, was recognized as a TIES
Exceptional Teacherthis year. Lisa Finsness, Director of Instructional
Media and Technology for the Osseo (MN)
Area Schoolsand a member of our first cohort, was selected as the TIES / Palm,
Inc. District Technology Leaderof the year. Kudos to both Lisa and
Web 1.0: very few folks tagging or blogging along with the conference. I
agree with him that this was disheartening. As Amy Hendrickson noted in her comment to Tim's
post(about my administrative
blogging session), many attendees are just now learning what blogs are, how
they work, etc. These folks are the ones that actually attended our state ed
tech conference; I shudder to think about the folks that didn't even come.
Guhlin, said really nice things about my TIES presentations.
That's it from me for this year's conference. We'll see where we are next
year at this time!
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