Growth is essential to becoming an excellent leader in education. This growth is indispensable when it comes to major areas, like technology, especially because the information is always changing. You should be working hard to grow continuously into a more tech-savvy leader for the school. Unfortunately, many people aren’t sure where to start when it comes to becoming more educated on technology. They wind up falling behind because they didn’t prioritize learning all they could about the technology in their buildings.
If you want to keep growing in your field, here are a few simple ways that you can continue to develop as a more tech-savvy education leader.
Set up a system to share information and collaborate.
One of the ways that many leaders continue to grow is through sharing what they learned with others. A system of communication and collaboration is an excellent way to give yourself new ideas and insight into how your current system could be improved. It is an opportunity to reflect on your current skills and find areas for improvement all at the same time. A tech-savvy education leader might need to open the door for more discussions on technology among staff members. This could mean a special meeting once a month or an online discussion to cover topics about what works well in the classroom.
Search for free education opportunities.
School budgets are notoriously small which means that most schools can’t afford to send leaders to classes. However, constant learning is essential in order to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology. If your school can’t afford to send you for professional development or training, you need to find plenty of free educational resources. Watch webinars and read articles in your planning periods to supplement your current knowledge.
Stay up-to-date on new technology.
Because technology is constantly changing, tech-savvy leaders need to stay current on the latest developments. Make note of what new devices are coming out, the updates that are available, and even new programs that could benefit classrooms. Research and staying abreast of the current trends can help you continue growing as a leader.
Practice achieving a greater comfort level.
The best thing you can do as a leader is to demonstrate a certain comfort level with your technology use. You shouldn’t have to struggle and stumble to perform basic tasks in front of others. Instead, you should be rather fluent in your ability to manage your own devices and programs. Practice as often as you can in order to achieve a greater comfort level. This can help to drive the strategy for the entire school.
Read the full article on thetechadvocate.org.