ERIC Number: ED438593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming a Technologically Savvy Administrator. ERIC Digest Number 135.
This Digest examines the effective integration of technology into schools and explores the importance of technology to school leaders. It asks why and how administrators should promote technology and asserts that school leaders who implement technology effectively will contribute greatly to education and the economy. It cautions, however, that technology is not an end unto itself and implores administrators to discuss with staff how technology can best be used to enhance teaching and learning. Administrators must be prepared for a significant investment of time to move technology from a part-time tool to an active tool fully integrated into the curriculum. As school leaders move beyond the issue of merely ensuring access, they must develop strategies to sustain technology in their schools while taking into account the total cost of ownership. This includes developing a school-vision statement of how technology can be utilized to achieve a school's objectives and encouraging teachers to take advantage of online professional-development networks. School leaders must also be aware of legal issues and the challenges raised by both copyright and the appropriate uses of Internet materials. Finally, educational administrators must recognize the value in seeking corporate philanthropy to offset technology costs. (Contains 19 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Leadership, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Technology Integration, Technology Transfer
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207. For full text: http://eric.uoregon.edu.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.