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October 11th, 2013
Admins, teachers partner to embrace technology infusion
Teachers, administrators can lead effective technology initiatives together
Classrooms across the nation are experiencing an infusion of technology that is meant to engage students and take learning beyond the four walls of a classroom. This infusion started as a trickle and is now a flood that is flowing into every corner of every learning space in our schools. Any attempt to hold it back is not only futile, but also a sign of a lack of understanding of the educational evolution happening before our eyes.
As a superintendent, I see this infusion and embrace it. However, I grapple with the question of who should lead the transition. By title and past practice that responsibility typically falls on those of us with an administrative title. However, as I have observed, learned from, and collaborated with educators during this transition, I now believe that the leaders of this transition need to be the teachers. The role of the administration is to guide, motivate, encourage, and assure compliance with school policy, while finding ways to make the technology that is needed possible.
(Next page: How Rocco created a way, with teachers’ input, to address these changes)