October 2011 Archives

Are you a teacher who leads others in using technology? Or, are you a technology specialist in your school? As a technology guru, do you spend your day leading instruction or fixing technology? The following five steps on being a teacher leader in technology, rather than being a technology technician, are based on my article "The Technology Specialist's Dilemma: Computer Repair or Instructional Leader?" As technology becomes more embedded in the daily operation and instruction in schools and classrooms, the role of the technology resource teacher or specialist has evolved to meet these new demands. Whereas such roles were previously ...

Did your formal evaluation give meaningful feedback to improve your teaching and leadership? Unfortunately, many teachers do not find their formal evaluations very meaningful or reflective of what actually happens in the classroom. Many teachers report that evaluations are often procedural, consisting of "drive by" observations from an administrator once or twice a year with feedback often too generic to have practical content and pedagogical application in the classroom. Without specific criteria that define each level of performance, evaluations can often be subjective. Different administrators often have a range of opinions on what represents each performance level. How can teacher ...

In a 1996 interview with Terry Gross from National Public Radio (NPR), Steve Jobs highlighted his philosophy of "Computer Science Is A Liberal Art" that, in hindsight, would by followed by over a decade of innovative products that made technology easily accessible for millions of people. "I think our major contribution [to computing] was in bringing a liberal arts point of view to the use of computers. If you really look at the ease of use of the Macintosh, the driving motivation behind that was to bring not only ease of use to people -- so that many, many more ...


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