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ERIC Number: EJ805022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1053-6728
Educational Technology Leadership
McLeod, Scott
Technology & Learning, v28 n11 pSS1 Jun 2008
As districts look at the millennials in their classrooms and plan for the most effective educational strategies to reach them, it is clear that technology can enable learning in ways that never before have been possible. It is also clear that this generation grew up with tools and techniques that are well integrated with their lifestyles. To these students, the nearly 70 million born between 1982 and 2001, the tools are personal, ubiquitous, and necessary. For instruction to be successful and relevant, schools and districts must leverage how millennials live and learn and implement new strategies. Technology leaders must have insight about ways in which the world is changing, the new tools that are available for teaching and learning, and cutting-edge technologies. They must have an understanding of the technologically-rich information society for which students must be prepared intellectually and the media-rich environment in which students are comfortable. Technology can make the greatest difference when all stakeholders agree about its purpose, use, and importance in education. With most of the adults in a school system educated before technology became such a major force in society, understanding and accepting such change requires thoughtful discussion, comprehension, education, and most of all, a supportive environment. Thus at every level, someone bears the responsibility for the kind of leadership that leads to effective technology implementation and change. Among these roles are: (1) district technology leader; (2) building principal; and (3) school technology leader. In this article, the author suggests 10 ways to design professional development for leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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