By Lotta Larson, Teresa Miller, and Mike Ribble
5 Considerations for
Digital Age Leaders
What Principals and District Administrators
Need to Know about Tech Integration Today
Technology has forever altered the way we learn and teach, and the pace of change is only accelerating. What was hot last year
or even last month may be of little interest today.
How can educational leaders keep up with the daily
onslaught of information when new literacies rapidly
outpace traditional literacies, and access to technol-
ogy and information expands exponentially? Admin-
istrators and teacher leaders have to take personal
responsibility for understanding changes in tech
implementation and integration in their buildings
and classrooms rather than simply relying on tech-
nology support staff. It is up to the building-level
staff, district personnel, and educational leaders
to move schools into the digital age.
Here we suggest five considerations, aligned with
ISTE’s NETS for Administrators ( www.iste.org/nets),
for initiating a shared vision that embeds tech inte-
gration into all aspects of learning and teaching.
Individual districts vary in how technological they
are (or think they are), so any action plan needs
multiple levels of experience and usage. The follow-
ing list provides a springboard for conversations as
school leaders seek to assess the status and logis-
tics for progress toward 21st-cenury classrooms.