Technology and the School Principal (Leader) – NYSCATE, 2007

Stop letting the IT Department tell your teachers how to teach with technology. Work with them to develop a safe and secure environment for digital learning.

Are you prepared to guide your school as this unfolds around you?

Key Finding #1
Digital schools are transitioning from a desktop world to a mobile world
Not long ago, very few schools had a large number of laptop computers. ADS 2006 indicates that 19.4% of all student devices today are mobile and that 52.1% will be mobile in 2011. It is noteworthy that schools rarely change at this rapid rate. Also, since these figures represent the installed base, current-year sales numbers will be even more tilted toward mobile solutions.

Key Finding #2
Ubiquitous computing is growing rapidly

In 2003 QED reported that 4% of U.S. school districts had started 1:1 implementations.. ADS 2006 indicates that more than 24% of school districts are in the process of transitioning to 1:1—a large jump in a market that is known to take a cautious view of change.

Key Finding #5
Online learning is growing

ADS 2006 shows that online learning for core courses is currently used by only 2.3% of students. By 2011 this figure will grow to 7.4%, or a 26.3% compound annual growth rate.

America’s Digital Schools 2006: A Five-Year Forecast.” July 10, 2006. TechLEARNING. 26 Sep 2007 .

The Agenda for the Workshop:

  • What should teachers have on a classroom web site?
  • How can you use your building web site as a communication tool?
  • What technology policies should you address?
  • What does effective teaching with technology look like? What should every school leader know?
  • How can I get more teachers and parents involved in decision making?
  • What are the ramifications of curriculum mapping for students, teachers, parents and the at-large community?
  • Can using data improve my school?
  • 1 Comment Already

    1. Don Watkins said:
      November 23, 2007 at 1:25 am     Permalink

      I think the problem really exists because in the last 15 years public schools have increasingly relied on BOCES to provide technical support. Twenty years ago most technology coordinators were teachers who had been reassigned. As those folks retired they were replaced by technology coordinators who were largely curriculum coordinators who had no real knowledge of the workings of a computer or networks. A good technology director/coordinator needs to be both an educator and a technologist. New York State would do most school districts a huge favor if they actually stipulated the requirements for a technology director/coordinator. In my twenty years no such requirements have been forthcoming and so now we find situations like the ones you have described in your writing.

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