Module II, "Leading the Learning"
Portfolio Assignment: SWOT Analysis (embedded below, too!)
Module Reflection - ISTE Standard #1. Visionary Leadership
Educational Administrators inspire and lead the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the organization.
Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes the use of digital-age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement, and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
Advocate on local, state and national levels for policies, programs and funding to support implementation of a technology-infused vision and strategic plan.
I feel like, overall, I have a strong vision for the use and integration of technology to support teaching and learning. Much of that comes from the time that I spent teaching in a 1:1 environment and serving as a “Tech TOSA,” but it also stems from attending a fair amount of professional development through CUE and other organizations. It is, however, a different thing to possess a personal vision and another thing entirely to work toward promoting a shared vision for the use of technology. In the context of my current work, I feel like there’s still a fair amount of work to be done to look at the effective use of educational technology within our team. We’re using our “STEM Tools” as the springboard for that discussion and I feel like I have been pretty proactive in promoting the use of these tools to engage in content learning (as opposed to simply using them for general engagement or enrichment). That much is something that we do all share and has become integral to our work.
Areas of Need:
We’re working on developing sample lessons and resources that can help communicate that vision with the districts and schools with which we work. That advocacy is really important in advancing a shared vision of STEM that is aligned with our definition of STEM and is something that we need to do more effectively. We see so much of technology’s use for its own sake, as opposed to using it to transform the instruction that’s going on. That’s most evident in STEM right now in the area of coding and robotics. Most people see those two domains as recognizably STEM and, with robotics in particular, are willing to invest heavily in them. The challenge, however, is that they’re used primarily as enrichment. I’d much rather see high-interest tools like robots be used to engage students in meaningful content learning. I think most teachers would agree, but some guidance would be needed.
We really need to make progress toward producing our STEM tools series that we outlined earlier this year. It’s a timely opportunity to meet people where they are (wanting the tools) and at the same time, a chance to share and advance our vision for the use of these tools. While much of this work requires our communication work as a prerequisite (ongoing), Omar and I could certainly map out some time to move this along. That includes finalizing our checkout system.