The Tech-Savvy Administrator: How Do I Use Technology to Be a Better School Leader?

The Tech-Savvy Administrator: How Do I Use Technology to Be a Better School Leader?

The Tech-Savvy Administrator: How Do I Use Technology to Be a Better School Leader?

The Tech-Savvy Administrator: How Do I Use Technology to Be a Better School Leader?

Synopsis

How can school leaders use technology to be more effective? In this book, award-winning blogger and educational technology expert Steven W. Anderson explains how and why leaders should use technology and outlines what should be in every leader's digital toolkit. This resource will help leaders maximize social media to stay connected with teachers, students, and the community use online tools to manage documents and increase collaboration identify online tools to stay organized develop online professional learning networks. Digital tools can play an important role not only in streamlining how school leaders do their jobs, but also in helping them get better results--no matter what the initiative.

Excerpt

Educators are teaching and learning in a digital world. From interactive whiteboards, to iPads, to flipped classrooms, teachers are using a variety of methods to create, collaborate, and communicate with their students. Although this transition to digital spaces makes for exciting times in the classroom, it can be daunting for leaders. For example, principals need to understand the technology themselves to know if their teachers are using the technology effectively, and school and district leaders need to understand the technology being used in order to do a comprehensive technology evaluation.

There are many different levels of technology use for administrators. Some can’t attach a document to an email while others are pioneers in the use of digital tools. The key is understanding how these revolutionary digital tools can make the day-to-day work of the school leader easier and how they can be used to communicate and collaborate more effectively.

The instructional technology approach in many places has been to work with the teachers because their work directly affects students. And although this is and will remain true, we have neglected the technology professional development specifically geared towards school leaders and administrators that is desperately needed.

What I want to provide is context. There are many tools, sites, apps, and resources administrators will encounter as . . .

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