The Keys to Success
- There are many activities that can
increase the success of your technology
program. Sometimes you need to think
different. For example, lumberjacks think
different by realizing that they need to
reach beyond their woods to make money.
Some are even telecommuting.
- Revisit the Curriculum
- The key to technology integration is a
focus on curriculum, not technology. Ask
yourself. What are the required outcomes?
What do we need to let go? Where should we
focus our attention and how can technology
help? Be realistic and focus on small
steps such as adding one new element.
Review how it went. Then, replicate the
project. For simple ideas, check out
- You need a plan for
- If you do not know where
you are going, every road will
get you nowhere. - Henry
- Time is the biggest excuse for not using
technology. Ask yourself. What's the best use of time?
Focus on matching curriculum and technology.
Technology is not an "add-on", it's an integral part
of the process. Combine content areas such as reading
and art to make even better use of time and make
learning more meaningful. For example, if you're
reading the book Linnea in Monet's Garden. Use
the web to locate more of the artist's
works. Track teachers. Ask them what they think,
need, and feel about technology.
- Plan your course.
- It is not where you are today that
counts. It is where you are headed.
- Establish a vision.
- The distance a person goes is not as
important as the direction.
- Enjoy small successes.
- Success is a journey, not a
destination. - Ben Sweetland
- Professional development is the
- You manage things; you lead people. -
Grace Murray Hopper
- You need to set the bar high.
- Nobody rises to low expectations. -
- Establish a Plan
- Planning is critical, but technology is only part
of the overall plan. It should include technology, but
also curriculum, professional development,
infrastructure, hardware, software and technical
support, funding, budget, monitoring, and evaluation.
A good way to plan is by mapping your journey.
Visualize your journey as you address your school's
technology integration goals.
- Professional development should be an integral
part of your plan. Think about how you can link
learning outcomes to available hardware and software,
teacher training options, teacher learning
opportunities, and teacher planning time. For example
if you're teaching a unit on mythology,
you student might read and discuss myths of many
cultures. Retell a legend. Explore constellation
myths. Compose a constellation myth. And, create a
HyperStudio telling a myth.
- The keys to a successful staff development program
are immersion, transformation, inspiration, invention,
experience-based, and curiosity. Ask yourself. Are we
successful? Why or why not? Focus on curriculum and
assessment for both students and teachers. Curriculum
should drive technology integration. Focus on making
the best use of time by crossing subjects and matching
technology strategies with teaching and learning.
Balance is the key to staff development. Think about
how much training verus how much learning. Also, ask:
is your professional development plan
"learner(teacher)-centered"? The learning outcomes for
faculty should not be software like PowerPoint, but
team work, problem solving, decision making, and
communicating. It's about quality technology, not
quantity. You don't say you didn't use a pencil enough
today, but you should say you didn't do enough
creating today. Teachers should feel ownership of
environment by sharing ideas, asking questions, and
seeking connections. Teachers need to feel they have
opportunities for growth and renewal. Synergy is also
important. Teachers feel part of a team. A positive
climate is one that is supportive of the teaching and
learning environment. Technology should be used to
address different learning styles. Seek out innovative
ideas such as sharing, collaborating, and connecting
technology to existing mandates and initiatives at
- Leadership Assessment
- Are you providing the leadership teachers need?
Hang in there! The reality is that there's just no
time and it's not a priority. Does it really matter?
Yes. Plant a tree and watch it grow! Remember that the
real technology issues aren't about hardware and
software, they're about equity, access, and learning
styles. Every teacher matters. Every child matters. Be
a leader and advocate for technology.
Created by Annette