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How to build human capacity for a digital leap

How to build human capacity for a digital leap

Today’s school technology leaders must move forward to leverage tech

digital-leadersStrengthening the human technology capacity in our school systems is imperative if we are to enhance the digital learning environment and prepare students for success in college, career, and life.

The above statement sounds simple, but in fact, it is a “wicked problem” facing education systems today.

There are many challenges surrounding the effective use of technology in the classroom: lack of devices, slow networks, inadequate technical support, too little professional development, insufficient budgets, and much more. But, in the words of the old Pogo cartoon, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

In January, CoSN joined AASA, the Superintendents Association, and the National School Boards Association in an invitational roundtable with philanthropic leaders to explore how we can build the capacity of school system leaders to move from old education models to enabling individualized learning with technology. At the core of this challenge is building and growing leaders who know how to transform the learning environment with technology and make a “digital leap.”

(Next page: What do today’s digital leaders need to know?)

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