The district in which I work is an amazing district, full of truly dedicated educators and people who really care about kids. They want to make a difference. And they do. Each and every day.
Last week, I blogged about the wonderful initiatives being provided to the administrators in our district: study groups, independent studies, action research, and a new Digital Exploration series. You can read more about these initiatives in Exciting Things Are Happening.
I could almost not contain my excitement last night when I read a tweet by one of our Directors of Instruction, @ECSD36 which read,
Starting a Digital Exploration series 4 administrators. So far, 171 principals & vps have signed up. Lots of interest. #bced #sd36 #cpchat.
171! That is amazing. I’m not sure what the percentage of administrators that is who have signed up so far, but it is quite high (and there are still two more days to sign up).
This makes me very excited for a number of reasons.
- It demonstrates the need for such a non-threatening, interactive opportunity for learning.
- It demonstrates what a wonderful group of leaders we have in our district who are committed to life-long learning.
- Once the administrators come on board then the real sustainable impact will begin to happen in schools.
- I’m just excited by innovation, change, growth, and reflection – all of which will be rampant in our district with the implementation of this series.
While I am only one of a group of administrators who have offered to help plan and facilitate these sessions, I have already been thinking of a number of topics that could be presented at these sessions. I think it is important to remember though, the topics must be narrow in their focus so that administrators can really explore the topic and not become too over-whelmed in the process.
So, some topics that I’ve thought about that would be great for administrators to explore include:
This is a huge topic in itself, but it could be run in at least two sessions. The first session could be signing up and a brief introduction of hashtags, and other basics. Subsequent sessions could be topics such as: Who to Follow, Tweetdeck, Chat sessions.
The why and hows of setting up a blog. We could also look at a number of great blogs that would be great to follow as administrators. We could also introduce administrators to Google Reader.
- Web 2.0 Tools
There could be a number of sessions just on various Web2.0 tools: Prezi, Glogster, Diigo, among many others. It would be important not to put more than one Web2.0 tool in one session though, I think. Again, we don’t want to overwhelm people, but give them an opportunity to explore and become excited about technology and what it has to offer. We want to provide administrators with tools they can use in their work and tools they can introduce to their own staff.
This will be an important topic because many administrators will be receiving an iPad. It would be great if they could learn to use it together. Again, with everything I have read about the iPad, this could be a topic that could be focussed on a number of times throughout the year.
There are so many different topics. The ones I have mentioned above are only a small number of those that could actually be explored in this series. Having said that, I think this is a series that could run over a number of YEARS not just one school year.
What would you suggest as important topics for administrators new to technology?