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Apr212010

31 Days to Become a Better Ed Tech Leader

How do you get to be a better educational technology leader in a school? Lots of reading, obviously. Plenty of networking, both online and offline. Getting to conferences, again both online and offline. But where do you go for a more structured approach, that you can do in your own time and at your own pace?

A task a day for 31 daysI don’t know the answer to that question, so I thought I’d start my own ‘course’ – actually just a series of blog posts for the next 31 days. Inspired by such luminaries as Darren Rowse, Steve Dembo and Shelly Terrell, the 31 Days series sets a new task every day. Taken as a whole, these challenges should help you do an even better job than you’re doing already. So it should prove useful even for old hands, as well as folk who have just taken on a new job as ICT or Technology leader or co-ordinator.

What was that about a daily task? Don’t worry: I know everyone is busy. Therefore, the task I’ve set for each day shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to consider and start the initial steps. I’m not suggesting that each task will only take 15 minutes in total; rather, I am asking you to set aside 15 minutes a day to look at the tasks, maybe jot down some notes about it, perhaps talk to colleagues about it. In other words, each task is a sort of jump-starter to get some different ideas flowing.

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Simple K12 just announced a challenge, 31 Days to Using Technology in Your Classroom, which was inspired by your idea! Check it out!

http://blog.simplek12.com/education/are-you-really-an-edtech-leader-in-your-schooldistrictstatecountry/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=simplek12
April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Thx for the info, Cindy! In fact, I'd already seen it and left a comment (which hasn't appeared yet). Micahel, the CEO, gave me the heads-up that he was planning a variant on the 31 Days theme, so I was looking out for it. I think it's a great idea, and will be referring to it in my blog post of Day 3, where it fits in really nicely! Thx again :-)

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