4 questions every tech leader should answer

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris
December 3rd, 2013

21st-century requirements in schools are changing, and being a good leader means solving new puzzles. Are you keeping up?

leader-technology-CoSNTechnology has changed the way students learn, and more importantly, it has changed school and district leaders’ roles. But technology and its capabilities are changing at such a rapid pace that even chief technology officers (CTO) require constant “updates” to solve some of the post pressing questions in schools this year.

To help technology leaders address what it calls the “undiscussables” of technology leadership, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) held a forum this year to come up with four questions every technology leader needs to answer in order to keep up with the rapidly-evolving K-12 school and district climate:

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One Response to “4 questions every tech leader should answer”

December 4, 2013

I believe the points of this article are valid but I would offer them to school administration versus the IT areas/leadership of a institution. Administration and users must demand these changes and IT should be struggling to keep up with user demands. The problem I have found in my few years in education after many years experience in corporate management is the lack of demand from the users and administration. IT shouldn’t be driving the changes, the users and their management should be pushing these issues and IT should be working to keep up with demands. This is how I always found the corporate world to move. As management of departments of users we were constantly hounding our IT department to upgrade/enhance our tools. I would never let IT determine what tool I would use, I’m the expert in the field of operation.

How do we get education to stop looking at technology solely as a subject matter and realize that technology is a tool applicable to all aspects of life? We need to teach how the tool is used as well as incorporate it into how we teach our curriculum. Users have to want and drive the change.