Module IV, Infusing Innovation
The fourth LECFTA module, "Infusing Innovation," explores tools which will assist administrators in communication, efficiency, and personal professional development.
Portfolio Assignment: Sharing My PLN (embedded below, too!)
Module IV Reflection - ISTE Standard #3. Excellence in Professional Practice
Educational Administrators promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources.
- Allocate time, resources and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration.
- Facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, and support administrators, faculty and staff in the study and use of technology.
- Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital tools.
- Stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding the effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning.
Generally speaking, I feel that my personal knowledge and use of contemporary technologies and digital resources is quite strong. I have strong personal and professional learning networks and am well-connected to others, particularly via social media. I model that engagement for members of my team and have seen an uptick in their participation online in the past three months (note: one was already quite active). Two of my team members actually set goals for contributing to and connecting with their PLNs through Twitter for this year. As a whole, our team strongly models using effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital tools. We work primarily within the Google suite and model its use at trainings with teachers. Other Web 2.0 tools are used as needed for our work as a team (e.g. LucidPress, Basecamp, Nureva Span, etc).
Areas of Need
While I am personally fairly well connected to others, I could definitely spend more time engaging and building out a similar network for our actual STEM team at large. This includes building up our social media and web presence (our website is not particularly user-friendly and could use some serious work). It also includes ensuring that each member of our team is responsible for contributing to our web presence. My other area of greatest need is in staying abreast of educational research and emerging trends for the effective use of technology.
It’s also interesting to consider that, as a department, the decision has been made to move away from continuing the specific EdTech coordinator position. The expectation moving forward will be that members of the team will have a broader STEM focus. That said, we do find that some districts are still looking for some specific EdTech resources. Without an EdTech coordinator, it means that we are all responsible for sharing in that knowledge together.
I was previously a member of ISTE and received their publications. It would be wise, perhaps, to add them back into my PLN to ensure access to high-quality information related to the effective use of technology. I believe I can also join their administrator’s network and subscribe to their Journal of Research on Technology in Education. Both would certainly be positive steps toward staying “abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding the effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning.” I would also like to host or co-host with a member of the team a Twitter 101 session to ensure that everyone has basic knowledge of how to contribute to and engage in our PLN online.