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When Technology “Sneaks Up On Us”

December 3rd, 2012

On November 28th, we held our first MLTI Leadership Session with several participating through Adobe Connect, video conference, and live at the Cross Building in Augusta. There was great discussion and sharing. The recording from November 29th is available here.

To spark our conversation, we read a post in the Tech&Learning blog, 27 Talking Points About Internet Safety by Scot McLeod. You may recognize Scot as one of the co-creators of the Did You Know? (Shift Happens) video series and someone who regularly blogs about leadership and technology. We used a text-based protocol (The Four A’s) to focus our discussion.  We also used the annotation tools in Previewer to highlight and take notes on the text.  (For more information about how this works, view the MLTI minute)

Participants shared some of the strategies that they use to address the challenges of emerging technologies. And here are some of the key points from the discussion:

  1. Schools are (and will continue to be) confronted with changing technology that supports 21st Century learning skills.
  2. Having a vision of technology and how it supports 21 Century learning skills serves as the foundation for how we, as leaders, need to respond to the use of technology in our schools.
  3. Who we listen to, as leaders, and how we respond to the emerging technologies really matters!
  4. Having a team that includes diverse points of view (principal, teachers– at various levels of use– library/media specialists, technology educators/integrators, etc.) that stays focused on the vision, can help leaders make decisions that are more likely to be supported and implemented.
  5. Leaders need to be able to “connect the dots”  by helping teachers understand how technology supports other learning initiatives (such as CCSS, Mass Customized Learning, RTI…)–that may be underway in the school.
  6. Ongoing and sustainable professional development is critically important and often challenging to maintain.
  7. Leaders are the role models for their schools.  They need to model their own use of technology and risk-taking in order to establish a climate of innovation in teaching and learning for the staff.
  8. Leaders need to set expectations for using technology to support learning and become proficient in understanding what that “looks like” in action so that they can provide relevant feedback and support to teachers.

We spent time exploring several sites that offer ideas and support specifically for school leaders.

And we also shared a few articles that provide tips for leaders.

Our next session will focus on Digital Citizenship where we will share strategies, tools, and resources for how leaders can set norms of responsible behavior with regard to technology use without creating a “rule-bound” culture that restricts student risk-taking and learning.

You can register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mltileadership

We are offering this session twice – in Augusta and Orono. Please pick the date that works best for you!

When: January 8, 2012 from 8-11:30

Where: Burton Cross Bldg., Augusta and Available Through Webinar Video Conference

When: January 17, 2012 from 8-11:30

Where: Orono (face to face meeting)

Hope to see you there!
Mary Callan



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