Leaders build teams and systems to implement, sustain and continually improve the use of technology to support learning. Education leaders:
- (4a) Lead teams to collaboratively establish robust infrastructure and systems needed to implement the strategic plan.
- (4b) Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
- (4c) Protect privacy and security by ensuring that students and staff observe effective privacy and data management policies.
- (4d) Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.
4a, 4b, 4c, 4d
Implementing a Learning Management System: Haiku
In my first year as the Director of Information Services at Greens Farms Academy (GFA) I formed a technology committee (4a) that consisted of members of the faculty from all divisions, staff, and students. Its purpose was to make informed decisions guiding the vision and use of technology at GFA and to serve as a conduit to the rest of the constituents. The first item we tackled was a migration away from FirstClass ( an archaic, but popular eMail platform in K-12 Independent schools) to Google and Haiku (now PowerSchool), a learning management system (LMS). The teams researched various LMS options (4b) before reaching a unanimous consensus that Haiku was the appropriate choice and that it met our needs while still falling under strict COPPA and CIPA compliance (4c). Once the LMS was selected the committee presented the findings to the faculty during a faculty meeting, outlining its merits, limitations, and the timeline for implementation (4d). Tutorials were then created by the technology coordinators in each division on best practices of creating content for Haiku. A series of group workshops were held for faculty as well as scheduled 1:1 sessions.