Some time ago, I asked a Technology Director in Texas the following:
If you had to give advice to a novice technology director, what advice would that be?
I've reflected on some of the work I've been involved with recently, and have embedded some examples in the responses. I don't mean to pretend to be an expert...I have a lot to learn, but you learn lessons along the way that give deeper meaning to what you've "learned" before. That's the value of reflection.
Although Dr. Joy Rousseau (Arp ISD) had always inspired me with her responses to questions shared on a state-wide list of technology directors, I was blown away by her response to my request for advice. To flesh out some of her advice, I've included some quick bullets--not enough since I've been sitting on this list for a bit too long in my inbox--under each of her points but you might visit this page for more neat stuff.
- One example of this is providing iPads and/or Android tablets to facilitate work, cabling tools.
- The latest Adobe or Filemaker Pro database software are some of the perks my team have gotten, which has paid off in high quality work.
3. Use observations and surveys to get a feel for what the status quo is and then form a collaborative vision of where you need to be.
- 3 Stars and a Wish is a great approach to accomplishing this that colleague Jean Tower shared with me. This is more of a face to face conversation starter but you could conduct it as a survey. More on that in another blog entry.
- Levels of Teaching Innovation (LOTI) is a free, reliable and valid instrument to use.
- Get Ed and Polly Gifford to assess your network.
- Conduct surveys, and Joy has quite a few listed online here as examples.
Note: This article was previously published. Still, worth re-reading and reflecting on.
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