For our team synthesis we will be looking at and reflecting on current trends in education and alongside the discourses for our course, we will reflect on the impact that technologies have had in school design. For one of our resources I have looked at the TSSA ( Technology Standards for School Administrators) presented by Western Michigan University alongside with the International Society for Technology and Education. These standards were developed as a guide for administrators in their role for implementing technologies in schools. They present this as a collaborative effort to bring school leaders, teachers, school community, students and higher education faculty together for a consensus on what should be the “effective” use of technology.
The purpose of using this resource is to look at these standards and consider their purpose (both creation and usefulness). The link to the document is below.
When looking at these standards we considered the following queries:
What is the role administrators play in the “effective” implementation of technologies? Does consensus help determine what is “effective”? How is the induction of technologies aid or hinder school reform?
Considering the role of technology and school leadership, we follow the usual practice of establishing standards in order to prescribe a consonant approach to schooling because it seems like the adequate road to efficiency. Considering school leadership roles as “managerial” and tying this to technology, it seems like a practical marriage. When looking at these standards, contemplate the following contentions….
Why standards? Are the traditional roles of school leaders evolving along with technological innovations in school practices? Should they? How are standards important in developing a consistent vision of education, community and society?