I believe the core of educational technology leadership is to inspire others to take risks and share the same vision for using digital tools that will enable creativity and innovation to flourish in all schools with all students. Tomorrow’s problems cannot be solved with solutions of the past times, and students must be instructed with the technological tools ubiquitous to their lifestyles. However, I cannot achieve this alone without enlisting others to believe in this cause. Some ways to transform education is beginning with delivering knowledge through learning management systems, collaborating with experts and other professionals through Professional Learning Network (PLN), and using technological devices that are prevalent to the students’ lifestyle. Classroom instruction has to be representative of the world in which they are living in.
Student achievement will have a different look that will impact the standards of learning at the state and federal level. Assessments will be altered to encapsulate the intellectual abilities of the students, measured by the creativity in problem solving and ingenuity of ideas to change the ways in which we are living. Learning will be self-directed and highly motivated through the use of digital classrooms and virtual learning communities, where questions and answers can be addressed immediately by anyone other than me.
My ultimate goal for educational technology with my students is to prepare them with critical-thinking skills that will help them thrive in a vast telecommunication world. My students will adapt quickly to these evolving demands because of their extensive experiences with digital literacy. Importantly, traditional education will take on a new meaning with my students.
To ensure this outcome, I will highly recommend professional development models that will provide effective practices for implementing free learning management systems like a Google Classroom where all assignments and assessments can be individualized and managed, using a web-based grading system, and integrating global learning communities for students to collaborate on solving real-world problems. I am confident that a required commitment for close monitoring of implementation, coaching on hardware information and instructional practices, and developing assessments to measure the quality use of digital tools will help transform learning for the students.
My goal is to strive to be a meaningful technology leader in my classroom, place of work, and community. I believe that one does not need to know everything about technology before trying it. This wasn’t the case for accepting television, phones, and radios. If education is about serving the students, then technology must be the core of the educational pedagogy. I am prepared to challenge the status quo and reinvent new teaching pedagogies that will teach my students to be effective and responsible digital citizens.