Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Why I Am Moving Into Administration

As most of you, who have read this blog in the past, I have made no secret about moving into the Administrative ranks. I always get a 'why?' from people I meet at workshops I present at and other teachers in my district. The biggest reason is the graphic above. I have worked over the past 15 years toward integrating more technology resources into the educational process, because it was apparent to me early on that information was the most important resource in our society. The difference becomes in the way "information" or presently "media" is seen as part of the process. The 20th Century Model says that students and teachers need to 'possess' or 'know' the information they are presenting or learning in class. All teachers in high school classrooms today are there because they have shown a level of competence or possess a 'body of knowledge' in a particular subject area. In the 21st Century Model, teachers and students do not need to possess the information available they need to be able to manipulate the information in ways useful to them in their academic and personal lives.

There are many in the 'Edublogosphere' who propose that the newest generation of teachers need to 'lifelong learners.' But these teachers need to fill a different need in today in their classrooms. Teachers need to frame the learning in their classrooms, but they also have to be flexible enough to allow students to find their own way to internalize the material that is essential to the course.

How do you think schools would change if we had Administrators who were tech savvy and had the skills to identify, evaluate and integrate technology into the educational process? How long would it take for this to happen?

1 comment:

EDin08 said...

Hi Kyle,

I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education "Blogger Summit". We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

ED In '08 Blogger Summit


Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in '08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

May 14th - 15th
Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
Registration is Free!

An opening reception is scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, May 14th. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served before the screening of a new documentary film on education, Two Million Minutes. A Q&A session with the filmmakers is set to follow.

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