The following technology tips for leaders are from the article in this post:
NASSP’s 10 Steps to Using Technology Successfully
On behalf of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Chris Toy, a former Maine principal, current educational consultant, and one of the current moderators of the Association for Middle Level Education’s MiddleTalk listserve, prepared the following 10 guidelines to help principals and other school leaders succeed in integrating 21st century learning technology in their schools. This list is derived from conversations with teachers, students and parents from around the country.
- Principals must effectively and consistently model the use of the same technology tools they expect teachers to use in their classrooms with the students.
- Principals must be consistent in their decisions and expectations about integrating learning technology in the school.
- The principal’s communication about the pace and process of integrating learning technology needs to be clear and reasonable.
- The principal must provide appropriate professional development time and resources to support effective classroom implementation of technology.
- The principal must support early adopters and risk takers.
- The principal must do whatever it takes to ensure that all staff has early access to the very same digital tools that students will be using in their classrooms.
- As the educational leader, the principal must make it clear to the technology leader that all decisions relating to learning technology will be made by the educational leaders with input from the technology leaders, not the other way around.
- The principal must set and support the expectation that student work will be done and stored using technology.
- Principals must ensure that families and the public are kept informed about the school’s goals and progress relating to its use of technology as a learning resource.
- The principal must be an active and public champion for all students, staff members, and the school in moving the vision of fully integrating learning technology for the second decade of the 21st century.