The instructions are for educational technologists to "blog about whatever you like related to effective school technology leadership: successes, challenges, reflections, needs, wants, resources, ideas, etc. Write a letter to the administrators in your area. Post a top ten list. Make a podcast or a video. Highlight a local success or challenge. Recommend some readings. Do an interview of a successful technology leader."
Some of things suggested to help out administrators are to help them with strategies for determining:
- what it means to prepare students for the digital, global world in which we now live
- how to recognize, evaluate, and facilitate effective technology usage by students and teachers
- what appropriate technology support structures (e.g., budget, staffing, infrastructure, training) look like or how to implement them
- how to utilize modern technologies to facilitate communication with internal and external stakeholders
- the ways in which learning technologies can improve student learning outcomes
- how to utilize technology systems to make their organizations more efficient and effective
|Patrick's post that led me to this initiative|
For instance, I learned about #LeadershipDay11 this morning, via Patrick Larkin (@bhsprincipal) on Twitter. He is an important part of my personal learning network because, as a school principal and very involved in social media and training of other administrators, he brings a new dimension to the type of information I receive. He consistently targets successful practices in technology use in schools but it is through the eyes of an administrator. Patrick is someone I happen to know in real-life, too, but he was a trusted source of information well before I ever met him in person.
Administrators need to hone their personal/professional learning network in this way. Start following Patrick on Twitter, and then take a look at who HE follows. He is an expert in his field, and chances are very good that he follows many other experts that one can learn from.
|Result of advanced search in Twitter search tool|
|Screenshot of recent #edchat post|
This same skillset is what we are trying to help students develop as we prepare then for the digital, global workforce and world-- find the experts, participate in the process, and collaborate. With the information explosion, there is no way anyone can know everything. However, knowing where to turn with a question or when trying to keep up with what is going on in a certain field, is a skill that will lead to our students to become lifelong learners!
Kudos to Scott and all the other bloggers who will contribute today!