Session Number Th3-01

2016 Session
Shiny Widgets: Leading Tech Innovation without a Technology Background
Scott Laliberte, Assistant Superintendent, Londonderry School District

Level: Intermediate
Grades: All
Examine various strategies by which educational leaders can move beyond the limits of their own knowledge of technology to fully realize the possibilities inherent in new instructional tools. Most systems and building level leaders work hard to remain current in new instructional tools, and yet with the constant developments of new and more effective instructional technology, 'remaining current' may not be enough. How are school leaders to support and encourage innovation in educational technology that they may only partially understand? It is possible - but only with a fundamental shift in perspective and in some cases in the way in which we structure our work each day. Chasing fads simply isn't enough - there are far too many to chase. This district administrator offers strategies and resulting practices that encourage educational leaders to examine the ways in which they approach the integration of instructional technology. The outcome is an approach that allows them to work effectively within their means, while encouraging ongoing exploration and innovation.