What makes administrators effective technology leaders?
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.
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!
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