7 Essential EdTech Tips for School Leaders

7 Essential EdTech Tips for School Leaders

For principals and other school leaders & administrators, this list of videos includes advice and tips on edtech leadership strategies.

Tip #1

Eric Sheninger - empower teachers to use technology, don't mandate it

In this video Eric Sheninger former award winning principal of New Milford High School (NJ) talks about empowering teachers to use technology. He says, “Teachers must be empowered to utilise Google doc, Twitter, Facebook. My teachers started using Edmodo independently, I am so proud; I have never asked them to use this tool. Everyone must see the value in the concept they embrace it.”

Tip #2

Education Leadership: Will Richardson at TEDxMelbourne

In this TEDx talk, Will Richardson talks about the shift that technology has brought in the education.

He says this shift is going to make everyone different and difficult question,

What is the value of school in this technological era? We don’t really need school to do school if we define school in a traditional sense like I don’t need to send my kids to learn Spanish, I don’t need to send my kids to school to learn algebra.”

I absolutely want my kids to go to school.”

But if the value of school is that it is the place where kids learn to pass a particular narrow assessment, we have big problem. We have to think different what school is.”

He suggests few ways to pathways to get internet conversation.

  • We need to get speed up what is happening in this world. We have to understand the consequences of the shift from scarcity to abundance. The ways in which the technologies giving us opportunities to learn that were not possible five to ten years ago.  
  • We have to figure out what we can do to model learning ways that make more sense that give out kids more opportunity to navigate the space where they can fully take advantage of the abundance that they have.
  • We need to articulate the idea that school have huge values, it is a place of learning equally collaborate, of critical thinking. It’s not about simply passing the test.

Tip #3

Getting Started: Practical Tips for Going Digital

In this webinar, Tom Murray will be joined by Rich Kiker, Kyle Pace, Tony Sinanis, and Amber Teamann and talks about many things:

Professional Learning

Tony Sinanis: People learn best when they have the opportunity to socialize and do social internation. When they have coach or mentor because their where someone they can talk to they can brainstorm with.

Importance of school culture and what is the role that it plays in this digital learning transformation.

Kyle Pace: School culture is defiantly everything in comes of using technology successfully. It is the leaders establishing that tone.

We all have learning to do including the administrator and it speaks a lot, I think, it is the administrator that sits down next to the teachers and learn right alone with them. I think, this is the tremendous thing for the culture of the school.

Like this, the webinar covers much more things. Do watch it full.

Tip #4

Tech-Enabled Leadership: Camille Rutherford at TEDxStCatharines

In this video, Dr Camille Rutherford talks about Tech-Enabled Leadership. She elaborates,

Technology is significantly changing everything we do in education. Technology is having great impact on students. It is giving them these tools that they can make the impact on real world. They can do important thing before they graduate before they grow up.”

She also showed couples of example of the kids doing great and important things using technology. This is an interesting TEDx talk with very simple and effectively examples, which you just can’t miss it. 

Tip #5

Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age - Mitchel Resnick


MIT Prof. Mitchel Resnick talks about transform education and the idea of constructionist learning.

He says,

Even if there are a lot of technologies in the classroom, but the whole approach for education has not changed very much. I think that’s a real problem, they are holding into old ways of teaching and learning even though surrounded by these new technologies. We have to rethink our approaches to learning education.”

Technology is a way that let people to designs new thing and helps them to explore new ideas.”

With technology, we can learn all the time. We would be able to create things on our own anything. Best learning can happen with technology, we can connect with people of different backgrounds, experience and age. People are learning with one and another, people with less expertise can learn from people with great expertise.”

Tip #6

Alan November - Who Owns the Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the DigitalAge

I have seen a lot of examples all around the world when teachers empower students to make contributions and create content to help others learn. The most important skill in owning learning is what your quotient for global empathy is, how much you appreciate other points of view?

Tip #7

Michael Barber - The 10 things that make a great 21st century teacher

In this interesting video, Michael Barber suggests 10 characteristics of what makes an outstanding educator in the 21st century.

  • High expectations from every student.
  • 100 per cent participation
  • Interactivity
  • Informed Pedagogy
  • Mastery
  • Challenge and inspiration
  • Constant Feedback
  • Increasing use of technology

He has explained all ten characteristics with great examples. So if you want to inherit these characteristics, do watch the video.

Which tip would you want to add? Let us know in the comment box.

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About the Author
Author: Prasanna Bharti
Prasanna is a blogger by profession, and loves to write about education technology. Her write-ups intend to provide a deep insight about enormous resources and ideas available to make learning better and effective with the use of technology.

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