Leaders engage others in establishing a vision, strategic plan and ongoing evaluation cycle for transforming learning with technology. Education leaders:
- (2a) Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
- (2b) Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
- (2c) Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.
- (2d) Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather input on the plan, celebrate successes and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.
- (2e) Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
2a, 2b, 2c, 2d
In GDIT 514 I had the opportunity to create a Technology Plan in a small group utilizing the school where I was currently the Director of Technology. The Linsly School is a small, independent day and boarding school in Wheeling West Virginia. In my role as the Director of Technology, it was my responsibility to guide the overall technology vision of the school. Similarly, when I moved to Connecticut to become the Director of Information Services at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT I had a similar responsibility to guide and inform all of the stakeholders of the school (students, faculty, trustees, etc.) the direction the school was moving to remain current and innovative in the realm of technology. The creation of a Technology Plan (with its main focus on the infrastructure or “nuts and bolts”) and Academic Technology Plan (with a focus on training, professional development, and best practices of curriculum integration) are the two most important documents any Technology Director can craft to communicate the guiding technological vision for all stakeholders at the school.
Technology Plan – GDIT 514 – Duquesne University
Academic Technology Plan – Greens Farms Academy
2a, 2b, 2c, 2d
In my new role as the Director of the Tech and Design Hub my primary responsibility is to partner with the academic leadership of the Senior School to promote innovation and creativity across the curriculum while also overseeing the day to day management and use of an 8,500 square foot space dedicated to robotics, fabrication, engineering, and computer science.
The space opened during the summer of 2019, and I had the opportunity to participate in developing the vision for how this new space will become an integral part of Shady Side Academy.
- Collaborating with Senior School Department Chairs to find opportunities to enhance the existing academic curriculum through projects in the Tech and Design Hub, ultimately promoting innovative approaches to teaching and learning
- Working directly with students in the Tech and Design Hub and supporting independent projects as well as designing courses that would best leverage the equipment and space.
- Creating opportunities for programming in the Tech and Design Hub, including partnering with outside organizations, and fostering engagement with the broader school and city community
- Maintaining the lab spaces and procuring new fabrication equipment and consumables
- Performing preventative maintenance and resolving any problems or issues with equipment
- Monitoring the lab budget
- Teaching faculty and students how to use lab equipment safely and responsibly
- Supporting teachers in utilizing the lab spaces for their own instruction
- Actively seeking new ideas by attending workshops and conferences on innovative learning and maintaining relationships with colleagues in similar roles at peer schools