Leaders using technology

I’ve recently given a cou­ple of pre­sen­ta­tions on the ways school lead­ers can enhance their skills through the use of tech­nol­ogy.  Dur­ing these pre­sen­ta­tions, I’m very delib­er­ate about not just show­ing a cool tool.  Instead, I begin by focus­ing on some skills that are impor­tant to effec­tive school lead­ers.  For exam­ple, rather than just shar­ing a social book­mark­ing site, we dis­cuss ways it could be used to sup­port teach­ers.  Although those cat­e­gories vary a bit depend­ing on the group, I typ­i­cally include the cat­e­gories that are described below.  I also try to high­light each tool with an exam­ple from a school or leader who is using the tool effectively.

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Stake­hold­ers–Whether it is through a newslet­ter, face-to-face, or a host of other ways, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with stake­hold­ers may be the most impor­tant job of school leaders.

Blogs-I rec­og­nize the time con­straints of most admin­is­tra­tors.  With that in mind, I tell admin­is­tra­tors they need to be very delib­er­ate if they decide to begin a blog.  My rec­om­men­da­tion for most is to start a group blog for the school with shared respon­si­bil­ity between many indi­vid­u­als.  This is one exam­ple of a school that has done just that.

YouTube-As we know, our stu­dents and com­mu­ni­ties are extremely active on YouTube.  I encour­age schools to cre­ate YouTube chan­nels for their schools that serve a vari­ety of pur­poses.  Here is one exam­ple of an inter­na­tional school and their YouTube Channel.

Cre­at­ing a Per­sonal Learn­ing Net­work–Con­tin­u­ously learn­ing is one of the most impor­tant jobs of a school leader who wants to stay relevant.

Twitter-Many edu­ca­tors are fear­ful of twit­ter and don’t see the pur­pose.  I try to share exam­ples of admin­is­tra­tors who are using twit­ter in pow­er­ful ways.  I also dis­cuss how twit­ter chats are a great way to jump into the twit­ter world.

Sup­port­ing Teach­ers–Research has indi­cated the impor­tance that class­room teach­ers have on stu­dent learn­ing.  School lead­ers can greatly impact stu­dent learn­ing by sup­port­ing teachers.

Diigo-After explain­ing the basics of what Diigo can do, I like to share exam­ples of schools who are using diigo to sup­port pro­fes­sional learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties.  This exam­ple is from a 1:1 school who has cre­ated groups for dif­fer­ent con­tent areas.

Google forms-As sim­ple as they are, google forms are a great way to cre­ate a walk-through form that can be per­son­al­ized for your school.  Here is an exam­ple of a very sim­ple one that I have created.

 The things that I shared cer­tainly aren’t overly com­pli­cated, and many of you who read this blog are prob­a­bly using many of these tools.  Unfor­tu­nately, it seems fairly appar­ent that most school lead­ers aren’t embrac­ing most of these tools.

Nick Sauers

2 comments

  1. @paulkellybc says:

    Thanks for this post — I appre­ci­ate that you have given exam­ples of HOW to get this ball rolling. Yes, some are doing this already. Many oth­ers are ask­ing where to start. As edu­ca­tors, we must be will­ing to start fresh wher­ever stu­dents are at — and not just cruise along with the ones lead­ing the pack. I will be direct­ing oth­ers to this post as a great place to get started. Thanks again, Paul.

  2. Nick Sauers says:

    Thanks for shar­ing this post Paul. I’m extremely for­tu­nate to have the oppor­tu­nity to work with many school lead­ers who serve as great mod­els who I can learn from.

    Nick Sauers

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