At the NBOA Strategic Leadership Forum we discussed successes and failures when innovating with new technologies. What can we add to this list?
- When scaling up an innovation, start with goals in mind & with proof of concept
- What's broken, in need of improvement, or untapped?
- e.g. What will iPad do for your students?
- Establish measurable goals
- demonstrating proof of concept with pilot projects
- Admin team leading/modeling desired practice
- Faculty use of online tools (e.g. Summer Reading Discussion Site)
- "Building a culture of supported risk-taking" (~Tim Fish)
- Low-cost, easy-to-use tools
- Collaborative endeavors
- Projects or tools that embrace a social-emotional component
- Working with all your faculty, not just the tech-savvy crowd
- Robust and multi-pronged approach to professional development
- summer workshops for faculty led by faculty
- tech goals part of each teacher's PD plan, tied to evaluation
- sending teams to conferences
- celebrating and sharing successes at faculty meetings
- Reliable, high availability of tech staff, network, and systems
- Networking to learn from others
- Faculty partnerships & embedded technologists, teams, coaches
- Involving all stakeholders
- Outsourcing complex projects, network security
- Internet and Phone Redundancy
- Importance of an IT leader who understands academic ecosystem
- expensive and complicated systems
- closed systems with high barriers of entry
- one size fits all approach
- over-stressed or over-stretched tech leadership, faculty, or learners
- bolting technology onto existing programs and expecting different outcomes
- unreliable or low-bandwidth tech staff, network, systems
- operating in a silo
- tech dept/faculty "us vs. them" relationship, or the “culture of no”
- Smartboards used only as projection devices
- TabletPCs being expected to replace paper textbooks overnight
Other panelists' points
- Professional Development is the new strategic plan.
- Gradual introduction of big concepts.
- More money for professional development than tools.
- Venture Capital concept-Pilot a lot of things- find out which ones stick.
- 10% time (Google model)
~Frank V. Aloise & Pete DiDonato, SCH Academy
Teacher preparation programs that align with "transformation" of pedagogy