A Checklist for Technology Leadership

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Equity of quality access
You can’t easily fix the digital divide outside school, but are you helping alleviate this issue as it relates to equity of quality technology use across each classroom? Does every student, regardless of teacher placement, have equal opportunity for higher-order uses of technology?
leaders.wikispaces.com/equity

Understand and use data
Technologists should be certain that tech initiatives aren’t based on whim and gadgets of the day. Do you know why you’re teaching podcasts in your district?
http://pewinternet.org

Effective professional development
“Workshops” are fine in certain situations. We must not confuse “how-to tutorials” with deeper or ongoing improvement efforts
http://www.nsdc.org

Appropriate modeling
Modeling and using the approach you’re promoting speaks volumes. If you say that technology helps differentiate, then prove it!
http://www.edutopia.org

Establish a common vision
Does everyone speak the same language and work toward the same ultimate goals? Does everyone “see” where technology can help take us?
http://profilerpro.com

Reward and encourage innovation
Do we encourage, praise, reward those who move forward, innovate, show growth? Are some of your non-techies at this conference?
http://www.iste.org

Genuine reflection
Beyond the “what did you think of the workshop” and more toward the “can you email back what you’d need for part B of this professional development opportunity?”
http://docs.google.com

Student-driven technology
Students are less likely to disengage when they’re able to offer expertise.
http://genyes.com

Participation in a professional learning network
Do you rely only on yourself or journals? How about peers in your district? Even better, have you added additional layers beyond your immediate surroundings?
http://www.twitter.com
#edchat
#edtech

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