Reflecting on Digital Leadership
My digital leadership learning story throughout PQP Part 1 and 2 has been fantastic. When I first began taking these courses I had some knowledge of the different forms of technology that could enhance my performance as an educator but I was curious to see how I could apply technology to a leadership role where I could communicate with a wide range of audiences to achieve goals in a school community.
In PQP Part 1 I enjoyed learning about how to create my own professional learning network with Twitter and I found myself connecting with professionals from around my school board as well as leaders from other places in our country that could help me in my learning. I really found this tool helpful in setting up a new place where I could learn. Furthering my knowledge of Twitter and how to use the curation process in organizing and sorting information for future use was also something that was new and helpful for me. I really liked the Storify piece of technology that I learned about and could see using something like this in tracking a schools progression around a SIP goal. It is able to track videos, photos, and all sorts of other information pertinent to the project.
Using Google Hangouts in order to organize P.D opportunities between schools to share information about what they are doing in their classrooms and school projects I also thought was an innovative way of creating a whole board culture as opposed to just a school culture. Google Forms was something that I was familiar with but learned how easily it can be used to track information and ideas from staff about school projects and initiatives efficiently. I am using this method on my leadership practicum at my school.
Google Blogger was a great spot for me to learn how to create a Blog and how to share my learning’s and understandings with other people. Samaritans on a Digital Road re-emphasized the idea that a leader needs to teach the people in his school community how use technology in a productive and positive manner so that the integration of the learning devices is successful. Overall, PQP Part 1 showed me many different tools that a leader could use to create a positive and effective school climate.
In PQP Part 2 I learned how to integrate many different tools as well as some of the theories that support the use of technology in our schools. I learned how Padlet can be used as a collaborative tool that can be integrated in our schools so that we can share the students learning and journey with anyone who would like to learn more about it. I learned how to set up and use a professional learning network to further help staff along with completing different initiatives in our school.
I reviewed various theories and ideas about the different types of thinking that need to take place in order for there to be growth for the staff at a school. The material from George Couros was excellent in describing how to create an effective mindset to create change and foster innovation for staff. Leveraging digital to address various social justice issues with the students can be effective to make what the school is doing relevant too the school community and let people share in the success of the students. The research done on the fourth industrial revolution was great and I really enjoyed learning about the skills and thinking that our students are going to need for the future.
Donna Fry’s article about digital leadership brought up many important points that need to be considered when implementing technology in the school so that students can navigate the use of technology successfully and safely. Learning about the different models of application that can be used to integrate technology effectively such as the SAMR model and the TPACK model definitely made me think that about strategies that I will need to use in order to effectively integrate and evaluate the use of technology in my school that I am leading in the future.
After reflecting on all of the different ways technology can be integrated in to leadership from the past PQP Part 1 and PQP Part 2 courses there are many different ways that I can apply my knowledge in my school as well as there are next steps that I can take in my digital leadership path. The major way that I am going to apply my knowledge in my school currently is by helping other teachers on my staff to learn more about the tools that are available to them to enhance their teaching experience as well as the experience that the students in their class are having. I have made it a professional study to learn how to have staff at my school buy in and learn to integrate technology in interesting ways in their classroom. I have learned a lot from this study and I think that I can now apply the learning’s from this course by further sharing the knowledge with my fellow staff and helping them to integrate these skills in the classroom.
My next steps as a digital leader are to practice learning how to integrate the best digital tool for the situation that arises. I have found that I have always been interested in incorporating technology in my practice and sometimes my enthusiasm has pushed me to integrate many different types of technology in a specific situation where later on I would find out that I only needed to incorporate one that is the most effective. I think that in future practice I am going to spend time to plan and choose what types of technology suit situations best and are the most effective in accomplishing the goal that I am setting out to complete.
A. Semenchuk, 2017