August 19, 2015
Is Your 1:1 Program Destined to Fail? – From Tom Daccord
This post first appeared on eSchoolNews.
If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never know when you’ve arrived.A defining trait of effective leadership in successful school technology programs is a well-defined vision of technology-aided teaching and learning that is shared with various constituents: administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students. A well-defined vision communicated effectively and consistently provides a common mission for the entire school and a rallying point for change. Yet when I speak to teachers, they often question the purpose of the one-to-one program. From our vantage point, school leaders need to do three things to make the most of the investment in technology :
- They need to work with their communities to articulate a clear vision for how new technology will improve instruction.
- They need to help educators imagine how new technologies can support those visions.
- They need to support teachers and students on a developmental journey that will take them from using technology for simply organizational and administrative tasks to using them as objects to spur thinking.