Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Leadership & Advocacy

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Leadership & Advocacy

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Leadership is a difficult concept to define in education technology. A U.S. Supreme Court Justice once said of pornography, "I can't define it, but I know it when I see it." So it is with education technology--one looks for results. The specifics of how state and district leaders are able to accomplish innovative projects will vary due to the idiosyncrasies of the situation. Leaders do not necessarily have to come up with an idea and implement it all by themselves. Instead, leaders may plant an idea that a governor or superintendent adopts and owns. It may be nothing more than suggesting that something a neighboring district did may be good for their own district, with a little twist.

There are some commonalities among the successful leaders in education technology. They tend to be flexible and a little disrespectful of the status quo. They take risks, but they also know the politics of the situation and know how the game is played. Timing in leadership is as important as the ideas being proposed. One cannot always anticipate the perfect time to introduce or, more important, push an idea. As a result, one of the best attributes of a leader is being lucky. And luck is only what you make of it.

This is a particularly important and tough time for leaders. Dedicated funding for education technology, particularly at the state level, has declined. …

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