How are our students using technology? As you are no doubt aware, Angry Birds is an incredibly popular game. However, if our students’ use of technology were limited to playing Angry Birds, we would not be effectively leveraging technology for learning.
Superintendents, principals, teacher-leaders and other leaders should promote a shared vision of how technology supports teaching and learning. The essential conditions for leveraging technology identified by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) include the existence of a shared vision. The Consortium for School Networking Initiative emphasizes that leaders need to “develop a vision of web 2.0 for achieving your district’s goals.” Without a shared vision relating to technology, the educators in your school community who use technology may just be techno-cheerleaders, the term Mark Bauerlein uses to describe people who assume that technology automatically yields benefits.
Your vision for technology should be linked to your overall vision for teaching and learning. Because they are at the heart of our district’s vision for teaching and learning, the concepts of student engagement and 21st century rigor drive our efforts to leverage technology for learning. Another blog post provides examples of student use of technology which reflects engagement and rigor. ISTE, in fact, encourages leaders to promote a culture “that provides a rigorous, relevant and engaging education.