Magazine article Technology & Learning

Digital Leadership Is Action, Not Position

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Digital Leadership Is Action, Not Position

Article excerpt

People follow people, not positions. They respect people who have accomplished something worthwhile. In a digital paradigm shift, leaders need to modify practices and change mindsets. They can't just talk about it; they must take action. The following leadership skills can empower all students and educators to become leaders by their actions.

ACTION: HAVE VISION

Amidst all of the information, media sources, apps, and tools vying for our attention and dollars nowadays, it can be hard to focus. But vision gives us focus, provides motivation to grow and improve, and gives us a sense of purpose. In digital leadership, vision helps us focus 011 the unchanging goal in the ever-changing K-12 education environment. Leaders prepare for the future of instruction by looking forward to see how students will best learn and retain information.

Pushback in digital learning often comes from educators who ask, "Why do we need to teach like this? My students did well in the past, why change now?" Vision helps leaders communicate goals clearly and work on what is important to achieve the desired student success.

ACTION: MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Making a difference is not about what we do but about how we teach and act. By being both respectful and relevant, digital leaders inspire colleagues and students to become more confident and motivated critical thinkers and learners. Critical thinking does not mean thinking harder before giving an answer. It means being critical of all possible answers. …

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