Creating the Shared Vision for technology integration, SWOT Analysis, Action Evaluation Plan, and the SIP Analysis were very beneficial as a soon to be technology coach. Not only did I learn how to assess my school’s learning needs, and involve all stakeholders, but understanding how to restructure technology education while improving instruction and achievement for our student's was eye opening. Moreover, supporting visionary leaders will not only inspire and develop effective technology plans, but create a school culture that is fruitful with technology use to provide rigorous relevant learning experiences for students. Furthermore, effective technology leaders can empower other educators to improve student engagement with constructivist based practices, research based strategies, provide qualitative/quantitative data to support technology integration, and help all stakeholders to advance forward in their pursuit of creating an effective technology plan.
This course has affected my capacity to serve as an instructional technology coach, because I can better support teachers in creating classroom environments where technology resources are not just used, but maximized with purposeful change to help students flourish. This was one of the components I addressed in my school’s SIP Analysis. When creating the SWOT Analysis, I was able to highlight opportunities for technology use in my school in the form of Project-based learning, STEM projects, and use of performance-based learning to increase student engagement, indicators of engage learning, and ultimately help students gain a desire to explore, collaborate, and innovate as they pioneer the 21st century. As I have been moving through the course, I enjoyed reading my RSS Feeds. They have helped me better understand technology leadership, because I get to see lots of technology leaders “in action” so to speak. Technology leaders such as Will Richardson informative blogs, and great resources such as Edutopia Feed burner has help me recognize the impact that technology can have not just in the field of Education, but globally. Furthermore, RRS feeds have supported me in creating my Technology Planning Project.
Taking this class has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding about technology leadership, how to assess the needs of my school, getting the right people on board, locate my district’s technology plan, and recognize how powerful technology can be in the classroom, if used purposefully. Learning about leadership in technology education will benefit me professionally. Not only have I gained the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be an effective technology leader, but I can help my school in making this new transition to digital learning smooth. This course has help shaped my vision for educational technology in a positive way, because I feel more prepared to identify strengths, weaknesses and to create successful technology programs for my district. Ultimately, I envision not just having technology in the classroom itself, but technology along with increased authentic learning experiences, collaboration among teachers,and improvement in student achievement and learning. I look forward to preparing our students, because the work we do impacts not only our classroom, but the entire nation as a whole.
Creighton, T. (2003). The principal as technology leader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.