Tim Holt’s new post — “Ballad of a Frustrated Staff Developer” — has stirred lively comment at our Voices from the Learning Revolution group blog. Tim, an IT leader & tech integration specialist in El Paso, Texas, was letting off some serious steam when he penned his poetic plea DO NOT TELL ME. He recounts many “excuses” he’s heard from teachers about why they can’t more fully engage in shifting their instruction to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Read Tim’s post, some thoughtful pushback, and a supportive reply from PLP leader Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.
PLP co-founders Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson talk about their five-week Leading Edge Boot Camp e-course and how it can help education leaders not only understand 21st Century technologies that challenge traditional curriculum and pedagogy but how savvy leaders can use digital tools and connectivity to expand learning opportunities and assure all students thrive in the new millennium.
Is it necessary for an administrator to become proficient in using a variety of technologies? Understand how the tools work? Become truly â€œtech-savvy?â€ The answer, increasingly, is yes. In addition to daily interactions with my personal learning network, two recent reads and a meaningful experience at ISTE 2011 have influenced my thinking about the role of the administrator in 21st century teaching and learning.