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School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age

School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age
Image credit: iStockphoto We all know that leadership is important in education. Without strong leadership, education initiatives tend to crash and burn. Consider professional learning. Leadership is one of Learning Forward's seven Standards for Professional Learning -- evidence-based standards that outline the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices and improved student learning. This standard holds that leaders develop their own and others' capacity to learn and lead professional learning, advocate for it, provide support systems, and distribute leadership and responsibility for its effectiveness and results. I thought about this standard while reading a recent evaluation of an on-demand computer-based professional learning application. These results add to the evidence on the importance of leadership in professional learning and help combat the rhetoric that we don't know what effective professional learning is (we do).

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The Obsolete Tech Director The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete. Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in America, and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning. The mantra of ‘lock it and block it’ no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment. The False Promise of Classroom Technology - Businessweek The cover story of Life magazine on Oct. 16 was “U.S. Schools: They Face a Crisis.” Of course, there’s pretty much always a sense of crisis in education—in fact, the Life story dates from 63 years ago: Oct. 16, 1950—and it isn’t limited to the U.S. Two weeks ago, the U.K. announced it would revamp its curriculum and testing for 16-year-olds yet again, on the basis (yet again) that the previous system wasn’t rigorous enough.

5 tips om tekniksäkerhet This was written by Lynette Owens, director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families division. By Lynette Owens The Internet has always been around as far as our children can tell. Digital Leaders – Why you need them in your school? (Plus a few tips on how to get started) Students are curious. Without this curiosity, I don’t believe a Digital Leader programme would be so successful. Show them something they are interested in and they want to know more. If they come up against a barrier, they want to overcome it. If they can find out something no-one else knows, they want to share it. Successful Digital Leaders are the epitome of the curious student with more to offer schools than perhaps any other student body at this time.

How we will learn How Inquiry Can Enable Students to Become Modern Day de Tocquevilles Observations of early America by Alexis de Tocqueville helped articulate the nation’s values. With the guidance of an inquiry based teacher, students create their own interpretations of democracy in America. Continue Reading The Principalship:The Changing Role of the Technology Director Like many educators in my current position—school technology directors, chief technology officers, or others who have responsibility for all things that plug in, use batteries, beep, or depend on a digital network—I never imagined this as a job when I was growing up. My high school guidance counselor in 1970 did not suggest this as a career choice because such a job did not exist then. Even when I was hired by my current school district in 1991, my title was "audiovisual director," and I replaced a fellow whose primary tasks were silk-screening school logos on record players, developing black-and-white film, stocking overhead projector lamps, and supervising the guy who fixed 16mm film projectors. Although my previous experience in education was as an English teacher and librarian, my same-age peers have come to technology leadership positions through a number of pathways, with math and science teaching being the most common. Evolving Challenges Forget about IT as you know it today.

Assessing Faculty’s Technology Needs (EDUCAUSE Quarterly Key Takeaways A center for teaching excellence can ease the transition to the 21st century classroom by responding to faculty needs. The University of South Carolina's Center for Teaching Excellence investigated faculty's training needs in order to integrate technology into the classroom. A survey of assistance needed, including support and training, resulted in suggestions for helping faculty integrate technology pedagogy. Singletask Download for Mac & iOS A single-tasking app that helps you focus on the single most important thing right now, instead of the multiple things vying for your attention. More about single-tasking » Focus on one task at a time without distraction Menu bar status helps keep you on-task

The connected leader HBR: How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders They improved their communication effectiveness.They made an effort to share their knowledge and expertise more widely. They developed a broader perspective.They began to encourage cooperation rather than competition. These four skills, of the nine identified by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, are some of the core skills for connected leaders. Leadership, like culture, is an emergent property of people working together. For example, trust only emerges if knowledge is shared and diverse points of view are accepted.

Evaluating Technology Use in the Classroom Evaluating the use of technology in a classroom environment is not something most administrators are trained to do. It is easy to walk into a classroom and see that every student is using a computer, but how do you really assess if and what type of learning is taking place? In the past, I have had administrators tell me “I walked into the teacher’s room and all the students were on laptops.” As though just the site of students working on laptops meant they were engaged in the learning process. Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide!

The Myers-Briggs Illuminated for the Workplace The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the hands-down, best-known assessment out there for understanding individual psychological tendencies. Counselors have been using it for well over half a century. The test is based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types. People the world over know it as a great career assessment tool, something we all have needed (or at least have been fascinated about) at some point in our lives. The range of its applications is sometimes overlooked, however.

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