A good post on our responsibility as teachers and leaders to lead change:
There are a few assumptions here that I would want to explore with you. While I do think that many in Instructional/Educational technology were originally teachers, I see many more folks taking on these roles from an IT background right now. This means that they are much more comfortable with the tech skills and much less comfortable with the instructional skills. I think this is probably where the leadership needs to come in from those who have been in the classroom. You are right that there is a great responsibility to share what good instructional practice looks like with these tools. But, I think it goes beyond that. It isn’t just about sharing what you are doing, but rather we need to model the kinds of connected leadership that shows the power of the network to support a teacher.
Right now, many teachers and leaders are feeling isolated and that is their barrier to change. Whether it is self-imposed or imposed by their system, they need to see the ways in which sharing and connected actually do bring about better outcomes for kids. It may be as simple as showing the power of a twitter chat or an engaged dialogue in the comments of a blog, but there are lots of ways that we can model not only the power of technology in the classroom, but the power of technology for professional practice. Thank you for pushing us forward in this regard. Let’s keep going.