Digital Leadership

My reflections on What Do You Want Leaders to Do With Technology?

  1. With respect to communication & public relations, social media tools can be used by administrators and educators to celebrate the learning that is taking place in the classrooms and the school. I think parents and guardians really appreciate the glimpses they get of what is happening, because they feel a greater connection to their child's learning and can see the strategies that are being used to engage the students. I think it also clearly demonstrates the educators commitment to student learning and well being. Below are a couple of great examples by @MrsDosmansClass
  2. Digital leadership also involves modelling how to use technology to move beyond mere engagement to perplexity and authenticity. The website below does an excellent job of explaining and demonstrating how to use technology to respond to an instructional challenge (i.e. fractions) by providing the context for optimizing the processing and neural networking that is required to acquire deep conceptual understanding in a Minecraft-like game format. According to Salimpoor, "Practicing a new concept is one way good way to strengthen a neural network, but if students only practice using one problem solving strategy, that practice is leading to memorizing, not deep conceptual knowledge. To strengthen the whole network and by doing so deepening understanding, they must practice using various ways of visualizing and solving the same problem.“It’s most important to create problems where students have to initiate and come up with their own solutions,”
  3. Educators can use social media and the web to establish professional learning networks where they share best practices & resources and help each other with instructional and technological challenges in the classroom. Below is the one we established for our School Board.
  4. As the ISTE standards below indicate, one of the areas for administrators to provide leadership, is in "promoting and participating in local, national and global learning communities that stimulate innovation, creativity and digital age collaboration"
  5. This year, senior administrators, principals, consultants, educators and students in our Board will be participating in the New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning research cluster so we can partner with other schools to develop and assess 21st century learning competencies like innovation, creativity and problem-solving.
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