Friday, January 20, 2017

The crucial role played by tech-leading principals

I came across the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals today.  These are:
  • creating an atmosphere that inspires innovation
  • fostering collaboration
  • being open to new ideas
  • being a connected learner
  • locating and providing adequate resources,
  • taking risks
  • having a visionary focus.
In the book Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology, Grant and Basye write "the importance of a principal's role as instructional technology leader cannot be overemphasized".  However many principals find technology, in particular mobile devices, to be challenging - they are the ones who end up dealing with the disciplinary issues of cyberbullying, inappropriate use, distractions, the dangers and misuses of the web and so on.  Often the conversation about how to keep students safe is about blocking technologies or access to websites.  However other principals realize that blocking technologies does students a disservice, and that an education that fails to account for the responsible use of mobile devices and social networks does not prepare students for the future.  Students need to learn how to be safe and responsible when the go online outside the classroom - as with their mobile devices they can be online anywhere.

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