Leadership in Educational Technology – EDUC 638

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course will examine the roles of leadership in community, leadership in administration and leadership in the schools from a Christian worldview. This course will provide educators with both the theoretical and the practical considerations for planning and implementing technology, particularly computer applications, in schools. Basic concepts of technology and planning that use systems theory are presented. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the total application of technology as opposed to any individual component, be it hardware, software, facilities, personnel, or finances. This course will form a foundation from which educators will provide leadership and become agents for realizing the powerful potential of technology in their schools.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The technology leader will experience variance from community to boardrooms to principal meetings. This course will focus on theoretical and practical implication for leaders who work in the world of technology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop an administrative technology vision, mission, and values statement in accordance with the technology plan to ensure understanding and commitment among district/business and community.
  2. Develop goals and strategies consistent with the administrative technology vision, mission, and values statement by analyzing current status and trends relative to future needs in order to align the technology plan with appropriate objectives and 21st Century Learning Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.
  3. Enhance professional knowledge using industry resources (e.g., publications, social media, local, regional, and national associations and legislation) in order to enhance personal effectiveness as a technology director/leader.
  4. Exercise leadership by being a role model, empowering personnel, building effective teams, promoting the exchange of information, and making sound decisions in order to achieve administrative technology goals and promote technology objectives.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, supplemental articles, and lecture presentations/notes.

Complete assigned and self- directed readings and view corresponding instructional material. Please note that this is a self-directed reading and research course. In addition to the required texts, students will be primarily responsible for choosing reading / audiovisual materials that correspond with their research interests and advance levels of technical expertise.

Course Requirements Checklist_MAT / MED Core Advising Guide Quiz

As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus and Student Expectations. After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist and quiz found in Module/Week 1.

Professional Organization Membership

Present evidence of active student membership in ISTE, AACE, AECT or an *approved equivalent focusing on the advancement of educational technology.

*Students wishing to submit membership in an alternate educational technology organization must make a written request to the instructor. Such requests must include the organization’s mission and a link to the website.

Blog Post Forums

Create introductory and reflective video blog entries on topics from the course texts, scripture from the Holy Bible, trade journals, and supplementary content to process and extend understanding. You will complete four blog activities. Each blog activity will be completed in two parts: (a) an initial video blog entry to a personal blog and (b) two comments to peers’ initial blog entries. You are expected to respond to comments posted on personal blogs.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN) (6)

Develop and grow your professional learning network (PLN) using Twitter to connect with educational professionals. You will actively share links and other online resources through “tweets” related to the use of educational technology  and / or leadership in educational technology.

Collaborative Technology Plan

Collaborate with team members to develop a technology plan based on the provided case study. Base your technology plan on current best practices. Cite references using current APA formatting. The collaborative technology plan must be submitted through Blackboard (Week 7). You will also upload the collaborative technology plan (with your individual presentation—see below) to your e-portfolio (the culminating project for your program) during Week 8.

Presentation Screencast

Create a 3-5 minute screencast highlighting key components of your collaborative technology plan and the decisions that your team made while developing the plan. Cite current (the last five years) research to support your team’s decisions. Discuss the impact on student learning, the development of  21st Century Learning Skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) among students / faculty), and the ISTE / NETS Standards. Provide a link to your presentation in Blackboard. Upload your presentation with your collaborative technology plan to your e-portfolio by the end of Week 8.

Reflective Analysis

Reflect and analyze course activities in terms of 21st Century Learning Skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) and the ISTE / NETS standards. Address the questions, provided by your instructor,  using current (last five years) research and examples from your professional experiences to support your assertions.