October 9

The Promotion of Digital Citizenship by Administration

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Digital citizenship is the term that describes the guidelines of appropriate use of technology including digital communication for students.  The blog post “Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency“, explains how the ISTE Digital Citizenship Standards for Students is empowering, rather than a restrictive list of things that are forbade while using technology in school.  The standards are worded in a positive context, reviewed with students, and then implemented as school-wide policy.  The blog post continues by explaining the next step is to allow students to then make the good decisions while using technology within the classroom; while the administrator continues to vigilantly monitor the digital spaces students have access to and continue evolving proper use policies based on those new technologies, application releases. and website launches.

Personally, when I am the principal of my school, I will coordinate directly with my technology leader about digital citizenship.  Based on school district policy we will use school guidelines and ISTE guidelines to provide students with the map for digital success.  The technology leader I’ve appointed will create a school-wide assembly or rotate into computer classes to provide this information to all students within the school.  The information would also be posted on the technology page of our website.  I would include this information in the beginning of the year packet of information given to parents, and it can be included in the student handbook.  It will be a shared responsibility of both myself and the technology leader to continue to review and update these guidelines on an as needed basis.  I believe taking these measures would ensure successful use of technology within my school building and beyond.

 

October 8

Improving Communication with Stakeholders

As the principal of a school it is crucial to communicate with those involved in the educational process being performed within your walls and beyond.  In the modern digital error communication of a school should be delivered via the same method and frequency as say something far less important like say your cellular provider communicating deals, upgrade and account information.  Communication should be a multi-prong combined approach organized by the administration of an education school or program.  Image result for text and emailA parental site page (as part of the larger site) for three-way communication between parent/guardian, educators, and administration should be standard practice.  The site would allow parents to post concerns/or questions on a group forum, and educators would be able to respond to these posts.  Administration however can/will oversee these communications, while injected their own input and guidance as well.  Information that needs to reach parental/guardian hands should be communicated via sms, e-mail, and paper copies but will require an opt-in/opt-out option for these every school year.  The website page could also serve as a message board to the community for events, local business sponsorship, and even community project opportunities.

Communication in the classroom should be more modern now as well.  If the students you educate are fortune enough to have technological equipment opportunities readily available, then digital communication becomes a primary piece of the education cogwheel.  Without technology, communication is still the most important part of transferring knowledge from one to another.  With technology, the communication of knowledge can break the barrier of the classroom walls.  When students are guided properly to finding reliable sources for gaining knowledge independently, then you’ve “taught a man to fish” as the proverb goes.  Communication via Padlet Wall, (teacher created/sponsored) message/discussion boards, Google Classroom responses and posts, just to name a few, allow for comprehension checks that are flexible and allow all students types the accommodations many need; this includes introverted students and students with anxiety (which in middle school could be an entire class of students at that age).  Communication with all those involved in the educational process of a child or children is extremely important as you can clearly see.  Modernization of these processes and how communication can be achieved in education in 2018 needs to be encouraged by educational leaders and administration to all of those involved in the process.

October 8

Educational Leader Networking Capabilities

In the digital age, modern education has at least one glaringly obvious benefit; the ability for everyone involved in the educational process to share and communicate faster and more often than ever.  Education leaders need to communicate and promote their administrative experiences, needs, events, developments, and discoveries with the community of educational leaders worldwide and in return they can submerge themselves into the experiences of others through websites, blogs, apps, and of course educational classes and professional developments.  The first recommended blog link I discovered was Learning is Messy.

Nevada – 5th Annual Statewide Recycled Art Contest

This educational leader, Brian Cosby, uses his platform to further propel STEM love and learning in Nevada.  The specific post is a challenge for educators to tackle the ecological issue of oceanic pollution into the classroom.  He is sponsoring a contest for mechanically engineering a solution within the classroom for students, and the contest includes prizes.  This website would be invaluable to a science chair in the local area, who could present this information to science staff to challenge the students of that particular school.

The second educational leader I chose to connect with ended up leading me down a path much closer to home than I expected, but am not surprised by, and am happy to promote.  The blog address is http://principalbrad.blogspot.com/.  The blog itself has not been updated in several years, but on the right-hand side of the site the educational leader does provide a shout-out to other professional blogs in the educational and administrative fields of education.  This list of professionals included Dr. Lyn Hilt, an educational leader and instructional technology consultant with whom I had the pleasure of learning Management and Decision Making at Cabrini University.  Learning in Technicolor immediately spoke to me.   The most recent blog post titled “Connections and Community in a Modern Learning World” offers Dr. Hilt’s experience with being able to collaborate with educators globally, yet promote gathering in face to face spaces as well in order to ultimately make “connections to ideas, to people, to questions, to support, to diversity of thought, to resources. Connecting to learn”.  This is educational and visionary leadership at it’s finest.

October 8

Visionary Leadership in the Digital Age

It is impossible to visit the Wall Street Journal or any news media outlet without seeing the name Elon Musk.  Elon Musk has become synonymous with savvy business investments and high-tech cutting edge technology aimed at improving or at the very least further sustaining human life here on Earth and beyond.  Musk is best known for his automobile start-up company Tesla, and his space travel and transportation company SpaceX.  Musk’s lesser known en devours are also revolutionary; such as mapping the human brain and the creation and promotion of artificial intelligence.  When it comes to visionary leadership, Musk sets the bar in the modern digital age.

     Musk makes it easy to share his visions and he inspires those that work with/for him.  He surrounds himself with those passionate for what they are hired to do.  He provides the opportunity and resources for those that work for him to plan, build and execute the project parameters for each particular project with the Musk name on it.

My leadership style most resembles the inspirational and supportive visionary leadership style that Elon Musk possesses.  In my science classroom, this is the style of leader I am with my students.  I provide the students with a type of inspiration by encouraging them to reach the desired outcome on their own, while supporting them enough for the worry about “failing” to go away.  When people are inspired and believe they are capable of anything, they tend to push their own boundaries and limits.  As a principal I believe inspiring and encouraging teaching staff is paramount to producing a cohesive and progressive educational experience for all involved.