To ensure the success of a 1:1 or BYOD program,
schools must have a plan in place for ensuring teachers understand how to
successfully integrate technology into their classrooms. Teachers are expected
to be competent in this area, but what exactly does this mean and what does it
It is the responsibility of administrators to determine these two things —
and to do that they must become well versed in educational technology
As the lead learners in their schools, principals have an obligation to not
only model effective use of technology but to thoroughly understand what
technology integration looks like so they can articulate it to their teachers.
On Saturday morning, Kyle Pace and
Steven Anderson addressed
this topic in their Exploring the 4 C’s for Administrators workshop.
It is more important than ever for administrators to familiarize themselves
with the ISTE Standards. The
presentation focused on the standards for administrators, which include
visionary leadership, building and sustaining a digital age learning culture,
establishing and promoting excellence in professional practice, continuous
systemic improvement, and modeling digital citizenship.
Pace and Anderson shared numerous tools and personal experiences about how
they help administrators gain a better understanding of how to curate, create,
communicate and collaborate — as well as why it is important to do
these things. Some of the resources they shared are linked below. Both teachers
and administrators will find them valuable.
I highly recommend starting with Twitter and Diigo. Twitter allows you to quickly connect and
share with people from all over the world. Many teachers who regularly use
Twitter will tell you that, hands down, it is the best place to learn new
things. If you aren’t ready to commit to creating a Twitter account, you can
simply go to search.twitter.com and search for resources by entering a hashtag.
Jerry Blumengarten has
collected a massive list of educational hashtags over the
Diigo is a social bookmarking service that allows you to save bookmarks to
the cloud so you can access them as long as you are connected to the web. Diigo
allows users to organize their bookmarks either by tagging them or putting them
on lists. Here is more information about getting started
Browse the complete
list of resources.
Beth Still is the innovative teaching and learning specialist
for Gering Public Schools in Gering, Nebraska, and has been an active member of
ISTE since 2008. Learn more on her About.me page and follow her on Twitter