Leading with Technology: Using Technology to Deepen Understanding
Abstract: Leadership in the area of technology is challenging. It is difficult for leaders to make thoughtful decisions about technology because, in many cases, there is a lack of consensus about how technology should be used. By linking technology use with the larger educational goal of promoting student understanding, educators can focus on deepening the educational experience for students and enhancing achievement in meaningful learning activities. This research reports on an ongoing effort with teachers and administrators in a major urban area in the Northeast. The project is focused on engaging principals and other leaders in the thoughtful use of technology for instructional leadership. Developing 21st century learning approaches requires that leaders engage with both technology and instruction, but there have been few methods for developing this engagement. This project provides such a methodology. Preliminary results are reported in conjunction with ongoing research with teachers and technology in the same district.
Presider: Barb Duchardt, Northwestern State University