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ERIC Number: EJ908812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
A Call for Technology Leadership
Schachter, Ron
District Administration, v46 n10 p41-45 Nov 2010
The responsibilities of the modern school superintendent may already seem boundless, from making the most of shrinking budgets, to working 21st-century skills into the K12 curriculum, to meeting the escalating standards of NCLB testing. But thanks to the initiatives of two national organizations dedicated to improving the use of educational technology in schools, the job description just got longer. Last July, the Washington, D.C.-based Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released an updated version of "Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent," a blueprint for seizing the technological initiative in areas ranging from better integrating technology into classroom instruction, to creating professional learning communities for teachers, to inventing more complex assessments of student work. While these themes are already high on the agenda of many districts, CoSN's document makes the case that nowadays the effective use of educational technologies is crucial and provides action steps for superintendents to take. The 21-page CoSN document, first released in 2008, describes five imperatives for superintendents: (1) modeling the use of new technologies in communicating to students, teachers and the general public; (2) ensuring that technology becomes integral to teaching 21st-century skills from critical thinking and problem solving to collaboration and information literacy in the classroom; (3) boosting Web 2.0 applications and tools as key components of student learning; (4) offering professional development in these technologies and deploying the online tools that help teachers create learning communities among themselves; and (5) requiring better balanced assessments of student work--including project-based learning enhanced by technology tools--in an age driven by NCLB-oriented testing and better use of data from the assessments to help students improve their performance. The revised edition also includes a self-assessment for superintendents to evaluate how far their districts have come along the technological curve. In April, the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) launched ISTE Learning, an online resource designed to help leaders implement new technologies in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001