ERIC Number: ED495721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
The Preparation and Role of Technology Leadership for the Schools
Wright, Robert J.; Lesisko, Lee J.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Clearwater, FL, Feb 15-17, 2007)
Today, an increasing proportion of the school system budget is being spent in support of technology; and, the technology departments of schools are staffed with a growing team of both educators and technicians. Despite this growth, only a minority of state education departments has created licensing or certification credentials for instructional technology leaders. Because of this, the case can be made for two separate professional certifications or educational specializations within the school systems. One person is needed who can work with the teaching and administrative professionals of the district in designing technology systems which integrate well into the various schools' programs. A second professional is necessary to support the technical side including networking, internet applications, infrastructure, technology support, and systems security. In addition to these two professionals, school districts will need a group of technologists who can work under the leadership of the Director of Education Technology in curriculum development. A second group of technologists is required who will work with the Network Administrator on system maintenance and support. These latter personnel will perform the day-to-day tasks of maintaining the system and doing "as needed" repair work. The efficiency of their work is critical to the success of any educational technology effort.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A