PRE-CONFERENCE

Being an EdTech Leader

Key Details
1pm – 5pm
9th March 2016
Price: $150USD

For aspiring or emerging Directors of Technology, we will discuss the key areas of EdTech leadership and management in an international school. Participants will learn their professional strengths and areas for improvement and be introduced to resources to enhance their educational and technology skills. We will investigate the alignment of educational technology and information technology in schools at depth, helping participants identify areas to improve their skills in both. During the session, participants will:

  • Understand the technical, educational, and leadership skills necessary to succeed as a Director of Technology in a K-12 international school
  • Develop a philosophy of management and a philosophy of leadership
  • Conduct a self assessment of skills and knowledge and build a plan for professional development
  • Engage in group discussions to investigate the Six Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership at depth.

Technology is now more important to the success of school programs than ever. In addition to being core to teaching and learning there is scarcely an aspect of school operations that technology does not intersect with. Yet, technology in schools is not simply about wires and devices anymore. We now see an intersection of computers, strategy, and teaching and learning.

For these programs to be successful across all of these domains, schools need competent Educational Technology leaders who have skills in technology, pedagogy, and leadership.

In this course, we will discuss the domains of school educational technology and the team structure needed to fill those domains. We’ll discuss leadership styles and the professional development needed to fill gaps in experience and skillsets.

This session is the kickoff to a several month long training on educational technology leadership. Participants will be encourage to attend a series of follow-up sessions at the conference around key elements of Educational Technology Leadership. Then following the conference participants will have the option to join a cohort of online book study to talk about salient issues and build skills in educational technology, information technology, and leadership.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Understand the elements Educational Technology in schools
  • Learn about leadership and management styles for operational and strategic needs for technology in schools
  • Outline the essential conditions for Educational Technology success in international schools
  • Author a leadership philosophy for current and aspiring EdTech leaders
  • Identify skills gaps and discuss methods and resources for upskilling

About the Presenter

Matt Harris Profile PicMatt Harris, Ed.D. has worked as an educational leader, teacher, instructional technologist, author, presenter and researcher for nearly 15 years. He has taught at all grade levels from preschool to graduate school as an ICT and mathematics teacher. He has worked as a senior administrator at independent schools and universities in North America and Asia. He works as an educational consultant for schools and Ministries of Education in the Middle East, Africa, North America, and Asia. Dr. Harris is a frequent conference speaker and author focusing on educational topics from educational technology integration and information literacy to professional development and change management. He curates and adds to the body of educational technology sources that help teachers use tools for enhanced teaching and learning. His research interests lie in the design and implementation of staff development, educational leadership, and instructional programs that focus on improving student learning through resource allocation and usage. Currently, Dr. Harris serves as the Chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).