Critical Technology Issues for School Leaders / Edition 1

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Focus your technology leadership skills on what matters most!

Ever-changing technology and a generation of "digital-native" students challenge educators to keep pace, especially in preparing students for a successful future in an increasingly technologically advanced world.

Well-known technology specialist and consultant Susan Brooks-Young emphasizes that incorporating effective, regular use of technology as a tool for teaching and learning is imperative if we want to "stay in the game." In this new book, Brooks-Young coalesces her most popular and insightful work into a collection of practical technology strategies for issues most critical to busy school leaders. The book is organized into the following four sections, each focusing on a different aspect of technology leadership

  • New Literacies: the latest technology advances and opportunities for integration in schools
  • Engaging Teachers and Students: tools and strategies for professional development, establishing a Web presence, classroom blogs, and distance learning
  • Providing a Reliable Infrastructure: tech-ready facilities, cost management, software and networks, and the role of technology coordinators
  • Legal and Social Concerns: Internet safety and security, precautions, copyright and plagiarism concerns, home-school communications, and much more

    School leaders will find detailed and concise information, extensive resources, and reflective questions for personal use or group discussion. This comprehensive, straightforward guide provides all the tools needed for effective technology leadership

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Editorial Reviews

Marion Ginopolis
"At last! An insightful book and practical guide for educational administrators to provide the leadership necessary to ensure technology integration in schools. Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter will result in substantive discussions."
Ryan Imbriale
"Provides a wealth of practical ideas, sound advice, and excellent online resources. An easy-to-use resource for helping administrators understand the importance of technology integration in today’s schools. I would highly recommend this as a must-have informational source for any school administrator."
Chris O'Neal
"I have used Susan Brooks-Young’s work numerous times and it stands out as stellar in the field of education technology. She is a trusted source for relevant top-notch content. I always look forward to her new materials and use her work in classes and workshops."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412927307
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,177,999
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on effective use of technology in schools. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in classrooms. Two current areas of particular interest for Susan are mobile technology and BYOT programs.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I New literacies 5
1 Integration issues for twenty-first-century teachers 6
2 Information literacy 13
3 Visual literacy : taking things at face value 22
4 Library/media centers : strategy for improved student performance 28
5 Don't limit the value of the library/media center 34
Pt. II Engaging teachers and students 39
6 Implementing your vision : professional development through promoting effective technology integration 40
7 Provide your own professional development 47
8 Establishing a Web presence : what to do before building a classroom Web site 53
9 Set out on a WebQuest 60
10 Blogs in K-12 education : where's the fit? 66
11 Video streaming : harnessing a unique capability of technology 75
12 Distance learning in the K-12 learning environment 84
13 Project-based learning : technology makes it realistic! 92
Pt. III Providing a reliable infrastructure 99
14 Managing total cost of ownership 100
15 Tech-ready facilities 110
16 Software and networks : the new challenges 116
17 The evolving role of the technology coordinator 122
18 What to do when things aren't working 127
Pt. IV Legal and social concerns 133
19 Teachers, students, and technology use : some cautions 134
20 Copyright and technology use in the classroom 139
21 Monitoring student Internet use : it's more than filtering 145
22 Spreading the word quickly : technology-based home/school communication 151
23 Assistive technologies : meeting the needs of students with physical disabilities 157
24 Sitting pretty? : the ergonomics of computer workstations 162
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