ERIC Number: ED459690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Technology: Are School Administrators Ready for It?
Thomas, William R.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) conducted two surveys to determine what superintendents and principals have available in training, information and technical support, and networks to give them the skills and knowledge they need to lead schools in keeping up with rapidly changing technology. The first survey focused on the amount and types of technology training in educational administration programs. The second survey was designed to gather information from practicing superintendents about how and to what extent they use and promote technology in their roles as school leaders. The findings indicate that there is little connection between the demands of educational technology in schools today and the capability of school leadership. The people who make decisions about policies and finances in schools have little or no training in educational technology and few resources to make informed decisions. School administrators do not appear to be prepared for their emerging role in technology, and their lack of understanding and resources sometimes creates barriers to change and improvement. There is no strong link between school leadership and educational technology. In an effort to begin to understand what administrators need to know and be able to do, the SREB's Educational Technology Cooperative developed "Technology Standards for School Administrators: A Proposed Model." This model is designed to illustrate what qualifications are needed and to promote discussions in those areas. The technology standards and corresponding topics are provided in a sidebar as examples. (AEF)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Computer Literacy, Educational Administration, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Principals, School Surveys, Superintendents, Training
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 (Stock no. 99T05, $1 plus $2.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; Web site: http://www.sreb.org. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/EdTech/pubs/ReadyForIt/ EdTech-ReadyForIt.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.