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Critical Technology Issues for School Leaders

Critical Technology Issues for School Leaders

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May 2015 | 184 pages | Corwin
Ever-changing technology and a generation of "digital-native" students challenge educators to keep pace, especially in preparing students for a successful future in an increasingly technologically advanced world.

Well-known technology specialist and consultant, Susan Brooks-Young emphasizes that incorporating effective, regular use of technology as a tool for teaching and learning is imperative if we want to "stay in the game." In this new book, Brooks-Young combines her most popular work into a collection of practical technology strategies and issues most critical for busy school leaders. The book is organized into four sections, each focusing on a different aspect of technology leadership:

o New Literacies: the latest technology advances and opportunities for integration in schools

o Engaging Teachers and Students: tools and strategies for professional development, establishing a web presence, classroom blogs, and distance learning

o Providing a Reliable Infrastructure: tech-ready facilities, cost management, software and networks, and the role of technology coordinators

o Legal and Social Concerns: Internet safety and security, precautions, copyright and plagiarism concerns, home-school communications, and much more

School leaders will find detailed and concise information, extensive resources, and reflective questions for personal use or group discussion. This comprehensive, straightforward guide provides all the tools needed for effective technology leadership.

Part 1: New Literacies
1. Integration Issues for Twenty-First-Century Teachers
2. Information Literacy
3. Visual Literacy: Taking Things at Face Value
4. Library/Media Centers: Strategy for Improved Student Performance
5. Don’t Limit the Value of the Library/Media Center
Part 2: Engaging Teachers and Students
6. Implementing Your Vision: Professional Development Through Promoting Effective Technology Integration
7. Provide Your Own Professional Development
8. Establishing a Web Presence: What to Do Before Building a Classroom Web Site
9. Set Out on a WebQuest
10. Blogs in K-12 Education: Where’s the Fit?
11. Video Streaming: Harnessing a Unique Capability of Technology
12. Distance Learning in the K-12 Learning Environment
13. Project-Based Learning: Technology Makes It Realistic!
Part 3: Providing a Reliable Infrastructure
14. Managing Total Cost of Ownership
15. Tech-Ready Facilities
16. Software and Networks: The New Challenges
17. The Evolving Role of the Technology Coordinator
18. What to Do When Things Aren’t Working
Part 4: Legal and Social Concerns
19. Teachers, Students, and Technology Use: Some Cautions
20. Copyright and Technology Use in the Classroom
21. Monitoring Student Internet Use: It’s More Than Filtering
22. Spreading the Word Quickly: Technology-Based Home/School Communication
23. Assistive Technologies: Meeting the Needs of Students With Physical Disabilities
24. Sitting Pretty? The Ergonomics of Computer Workstations
Subject Index

"At last! An insightful book and practical guide for educational administrators to provide the leadership necessary to ensure technology integration in schools. Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter will result in substantive discussions."

Marion Ginopolis, Director
LEADing the Future

"Provides a wealth of practical ideas, sound advice, and excellent online resources. An easy-to-use resource for helping administrators understand the importance of technology integration in today’s schools. I would highly recommend this as a must-have informational source for any school administrator."

Ryan Imbriale, e-Learning Specialist
Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

"I have used Susan Brooks-Young’s work numerous times and it stands out as stellar in the field of education technology. She is a trusted source for relevant top-notch content. I always look forward to her new materials and use her work in classes and workshops."

Chris O'Neal, Director
University of Virginia

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Susan J. Brooks-Young

Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist.  Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412927307