|1a. Contribute to the development, communication, and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital-age education for all students.|
The idea of a “shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology” is something I have been advocating for in my position as a Digital Learning Specialist for 4 years. There are many benefits to a shared vision:
- We can share a common vocabulary when talking about technology because we can use one model to unify our thinking.
- We can hold each other accountable to our vision for technology integration if it is the same district wide.
- We can collaborate, share and support each other, and possibly lighten the load for creating new digital content, if we are all working toward the same goal.
- We can ensure that ALL students have similar experiences and are exposed to similar learning by asking teachers to have, and teach, a common set of technology skills and come to common agreements about teaching technology standards to students.
- We can provide equity in access to common instructional experiences through technology if we address home use and WiFi access for all students.
- We can be confident that all students have the technology skills necessary to be career and college ready.
Over the past two years I have been actively involved in developing a vision for educational technology in our district. Our vision statement was developed in part based on the idea that our teachers and students need to do three things around technology standards: build knowledge, skills and confidence. Our vision was pared down to this statement:
As part of the Digital Education Leadership (DEL) program, I developed a personal vision statement and guiding principles. I have learned a lot in this program but after looking back on this mission statement, which was created at the beginning of the program, I do not feel that my underlying principles have changed significantly. What the program has done is allow me to reaffirm and more clearly define my principles and I have developed more strategies to communicate them with others. I also feel more strongly that I have evidence and research to back up my thinking. This has made me a better leader and developed in me a strong desire to be a change agent in digital learning.