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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. 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.

Embracing technology will change everything about your school library media program.  When this happens to you, think outside your traditional role and services.

1. Focus on Instruction and Resources, Not Things. The media specialist should be the go-to person for technology in your school, but make sure you’re not only about the “stuff.”  Encourage teachers to think: “What would be the best resource/tool to teach this concept in my classroom?” NOT “I want to use Twitter (or clickers) with my students.  What could I teach to do this?”      

2. Share Ideas and Suggestions. Send out e-mails or tweets updating faculty on the best new resources you’ve found or curriculum connection for their classes. For example:  “Teaching Mythology? Take a photo tour of Rome using Google Maps.  Let me know if I can help!” or “Know you’re teaching cell structure.  Dr. Smith at XYZ University has students who are willing to Skype with Biology classes. I have his contact info.”

As we move farther into 2014, are you wondering what will be the big ed tech trends for the year? The authors of the 2014 Horizon Report provide some answers. 

Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and The Franklin Institute have announced a partnership with Dell to form a new “Center of Excellence in Learning.” 

As part of its ConnectED initiative, the administration recognized 10 education leaders for their work to “help prepare all teachers to thrive in a connected classroom and leverage technology to re-imagine learning.”

NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND, this archived webinar will help you stay ahead of the curve on PARCC, Smarter Balanced and other CCSS assessments. 

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