Your technology coordinator works for you, not the other way around
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 conversation I had with a superintendent at Nebraska's first-ever Educational Administrators Technology Conference...
Superintendent: I'm new to my district. I spent the first year getting the lay of the land. I'm now ready to start making things happen when it comes to technology and our students but our technology coordinator is blocking me at every turn.
Me: You know, your technology coordinator works for you, not the other way around.
Superintendent: I know. We're having those conversations but it's difficult.
Me: Can't you just say 'Look, it's a digital age and we need to be facilitating technology-rich learning experiences for our students. Now, I can hire a technology coordinator who can help me do this or you can be that person. Which would you like it to be?'
Superintendent: Yes! I can say that! Thank you so much! I don't know, I guess I just needed someone's permission to do this...
I'm not sure why, but I seem to have this conversation every couple of months with some superintendent somewhere in the country.