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The success of any effective technology implementation depends on inspirational and supportive leadership at every level: from superintendents and school boards to parents to informal teacher leaders.
While a principal’s role is vital, all levels of leadership are important, both individually and collectively. Leadership can be demonstrated through such actions as involving staff in decisions, setting clear expectations for technology use, encouraging and participating in professional development events, and providing resources and support.
The following are suggestions to school leaders regarding the planning process involved in implementing a new education technology program.
- Foster collaboration by involving all program stakeholders in the planning process
- Create an atmosphere that inspires innovation.
- Be open to new ideas
- Determine the program’s objectives before planning proceeds
- Include criteria for evaluating the program’s success in alignment with the program’s objectives
- Locate and provide adequate resources.
- Assign an effective leader, with appropriate decision-making authority, to manage the implementation
- Understand how technology can help a school reach all students, teachers, and administrators at all times.
- Have a visionary focus.
- Be a connected learner yourself.
One barrier to leadership is limited technology knowledge. The following collection of articles, videos, webinars, case studies, white papers, presentations, tips and talking points are intended to help give you the confidence you need to lead your school’s stakeholders toward improved achievement and engagement through education technology. It’s okay to not know all of the answers. But with these resources, you’ll be able to plan and implement more efficiently.