I watched a recording of a Webinar by Eric Sheninger, a principal of a New Jersey school, who happens to be a big advocate of digital technologies in education. Been following his blog for about a year now.
His big point on Digital Leadership (speaking for, and to school administrators) was that schools should mirror or parallel the real world. In other words, few are actually doing that. (A point backed by Univ. of Texas professor Steve Minz, who says there has been much ‘floundering and flailing’ after they emerge from college.)
I’m very cognizant of this kind of thinking, because we in elementary schools feed that college pipeline. I start my year by informing my students that the ‘computers’ they will use in less than a decade, won’t even look like the ugly black boxes they see in my computer and tech lab. (Not to mention the posibility that they would not simply shrink, but become invisible, yet ubiquitous.)
Sheninger has a list of seven pillars in this new model of digital leadership he offers:
2. Public Relations
4. Professional Growth
5. Student Engagement and Learning
6. Learning Environments and Spaces
Imgine that: principals and administrators having to deal with branding, in addition to student engagement. He makes some fascinating observations about our fear of technology. Interestingly, although he is a prolific blogger, he was at one time skeptical about social media!
My kinda guy!