Confessions of a Technology Leader

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Job # 2662 Confessions of a Technology Leader

Posted Date
Jan 6, 2007 @ 19:51
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Jan 18, 2007
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Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”

-Charles M. Schulz

There are numerous books on the market providing teachers with strategies on how to improve the learning of students. One such popular book is Harry Wong’s book, The First Day of School, provides strategies for teachers on how to successfully manage students.

However, what about the individual who supports classroom teachers in their use of technology?

What does one do when placed in a position of leading teachers in their use of computers?

What book does the site technology leader turn to for guidance and support?

Lastly, but most importantly, what book guides him or her in this new endeavor of educational technology? Site technology leader, this is your book!

This book is for the individual who is responsible for making sense out of technology, and its use, in the learning environment, but is given little or no guidance in how to do so successfully. Your job as a site technology leader is to make the investment of technology in education pay off. But, how do you do it? How do you take a school from the Industrial Era to the Informational Era? One does this through leadership!

This book is not about:

• Sharing creative ways to integrate technology into the classroom curriculum. (There are many resources available for that.)
• Convincing you of which platform is better, Mac™ or Windows™. (This is too controversial, and I am too biased.)
• Providing tips on what technology to buy for your computer lab or school site. (There will be no advertising.)
What this book will do is guide you in your role as the site technology leader.
This book is for:
• If you are at your wit's end and you do not know what to do, this is your book;
• If you are at your the technology guru who is tired of fixing "simple" computer problems, this is your book;
• If you are the technology trainer who believes that school staff can do more with computers, but are afraid to learn more about this tool, this is your book;
• If you are the site technology leader who believes in the role of technology—who sees the possibilities of what infusing computers into the learning environment can do to the academic development of a student, or the enhancements that can be made to the teaching profession. But, may not know how to lead others to those same conclusions, this is your book.

This book reveals some of the harsh realities of leading others in educational technology. In Confessions of a Technology Leader, I’ll tell you about my experiences with reluctant and fearful teachers, out-of-focus technology visions, and unrealistic expectations, and I’ll share my strategies for dealing with them. I know others are dealing with similar issues. I’ve presented my observations at conferences, workshops, and school sites and found that the challenges the site technology leader deals with are the same everywhere. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the school is, technology infusion is a difficult undertaking. People respond to my observations with comments such as, “That is so true! I wish my site administrator or fellow teachers were in attendance to hear this.” I hope you’ll let my experiences – and confessions – guide you through the realities you’ll encounter on your own amazing journey through the ups and downs of being a site technology leader.

I wrote this book so that I could help fellow technology leaders by sharing my own observations about the many issues and concerns that a site technology leader deals with on a day-to-day basis. I hope that my experiences and strategies will help you to learn and grow as site technology leaders. My goal is not to discourage you, but to encourage you to move forward with a plan to succeed.

As you read this book, reflect on your job.

Remember the best moments of your job – moments of discovering online resources, or tools that make the job of teaching and learning so much more exciting. But also reflect on the challenging aspects of the job, such as limited resources, and limited commitment from all stakeholders, including myself, to computer integration.

I know I am not alone on this challenging journey to infuse technology into the school environment. This is an environment that not too long ago placed the first telephone in the classroom that could dial outside of the school campus.

I know you are also looking for answers to make technology thrive and support your campus success. As you read this book, you may find that we have a lot in common. We have the same desire to make educational technology part of the experience of a student’s educational journey. So buckle up and enjoy the ride. This is going to take more than one night.

Word Count / Page Count
6100 Words/19 Pages

Market Size
This will be for the education market. Speaking to teachers and principals.

Artistic Direction
The voice must sound 30 – 40. Clear and be able to read with clarity

Special Notes

The audio will be a sample read of the book. If the project is received with success, I will hire talent to read the entire book for a complete audiobook. I will need this project completed within 7 days. Please contact me with a sample read of what is posted if possible.

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