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ERIC Number: ED424614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 13
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The Principal--Key to Technology Implementation.
Stegall, Patricia
From a Catholic school principal's viewpoint, this paper explains why principals' technology leadership is essential and offers pointers on how to provide it. Computers have much to offer for progressive, constructivist teachers desiring to increase students' responsibility for their own learning. A survey of principals in 54 elementary schools in 4 South Texas dioceses revealed that 31 percent of the schools had Internet access; 85 percent had a computer curriculum; 56 percent had a technology plan; 44 percent had a technology committee; 81 percent had a computer teacher; and 59 percent included technology in their budgets. When questioned, all principals agreed that technology was an important aspect of a Catholic school. The seven schools with the highest technology scores were diverse but shared one characteristic--strong, enthusiastic principal leadership. Principals were adept at making technology happen despite limited resources and supported their convictions by allocating resources, hiring technology personnel, scheduling classes for students and staff development for teachers, writing grant proposals, and enlisting parental support. Principals should use computers themselves, seek experts, form a technology committee, talk warily with sales representatives, visit other schools, brainstorm solutions, and hire and train technology-savvy teachers. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas