4 Guys Talking

Let's brainstorm some questions for Sara Dexter, Assistant Professor of Technology Leadership, University of Virginia!
  • What are some of the biggest challenges facing school leaders and/or organizations today?
  • How can school leadership preparation programs best meet the technology needs of pre-service administrators?
  • What areas of research do you conduct within technology leadership?
  • What are some projects you've been working on? What kind of results are you seeing?
  • If you could re-envision a school leadership / administration program for doctoral students, what would be some vital elements?
  • Do you look at school technology leadership internationally? Do you have any countries that are doing particularly well?
  • How do you blend your classroom technology integration background with your educational leadership work today?
  • Do you think educational leadership faculty are keeping up with digital technology trends like they need to? If not, why not (and how do we fix it)?
  • What are some ways that you're using new media to reach desired audiences?
Let's brainstorm some questions for Chuck Heinlein, Director of the Leadership Center for 21st Century Schools at the West Virginia Department of Education!

  • What are the goals for the West Virginia Institute for 21st Century Leadership?
  • What impacts have you seen across the state as result of these year-long leadership institutes?
  • From this institute, how do principals (re)envision the role of technology?
  • Why is West Virginia able to do this when no other state seems to be?
  • Do you have any recommendations for other states that might want to launch a similar initiative?\
  • What has worked well? What could use improving? Where are you really struggling?
  • In your mind, what does it take to create a high school graduate who is ready for the demands of the 21st century?
  • How have the principals engaged their teaching staff in developing 21st century schools?
  • What is a 21st Century School? How does it differ from a 20th Century School?
  • To what extent should the 21st Century Schools enable differentiated outputs - graduates that have their secondary education tailored in light of their post secondary career/educational plans? Alternatively, should the secondary system prepare all students for a 4 year college degree?
  • What kind of research are you doing on this initiative? Do these principals lead schools that are different from principals who do not engage in the institute?
  • I see there is a big focus on PBL. How are teachers adapting to using this approach?
  • In your opinion, how do our schools (US-based) create global citizens?
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Let's brainstorm some questions for Dr. Lane Mills, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University!
  • Tell us about your efforts to integrate digital technologies into your educational leadership program there at East Carolina. What's working? What isn't?ติวเตอร์
  • What have been the reactions of your preservice school leaders as you expose them to some Web 2.0 tools?
  • Tell us about your work with school districts regarding data-driven decision-making (DDDM). What are you doing? How is it going?
  • What do you think are some innovative ways to use technology to help educators with their DDDM needs?
  • What types of framework(s) are you using with your students to connect teaching and learning with today's technology tools? TPACK? connections with student-centered/constructivist pedagogy? In other words, if I was a student in your class...why should I care about technology in the classroom? and how can you help me integrate it with everything else I'm learning in my pre-service/graduate program (rather that seeing it as an add-on)?
  • What is your vision for graduates from your program relative to technology? Use in management? Use in classroom?
  • Is technology pervasive throughout your program or a track a student can pursue?
  • What is the demand for school leaders that are equipped to lead 21st century learning organizations with high levels of TI?
  • What types of technological prerequisites/skills are required for entry into your program? Any remedial work to get folks up to speed?
  • If you have high levels of variation in the technological capabilities of entrants, how do you address them?
  • How are you assessing a candidate's technology competencies? Portfolios? Dispositions?
  • How are you mixing online learning and Web 2.0 tools? Can you share some projects or experiences that worked well?

Let's brainstorm some questions for Jeff Mao, Learning Technology Policy Director for the State of Maine!
  • How much does the statewide 1:1 initiative cost per individual student/educator? What does this get you (computers, support, training, etc.)?
  • In three years or so, any machines purchased now will need to be replaced. Where does the financial obligation fall for that replacement? How are you dealing with the politics of that?
  • For the 1:1 initiative, what is Maine doing regarding principal/superintendent training and professional development?
  • What have the evaluation / research results shown so far? Any positive impacts on students' academic learning, engagement, attendance/dropout rates, or other areas? Any positive impacts on teachers or parents?
  • If non-Maine educators wanted to visit some model schools/districts in Maine that are doing this really well, where would you send them?
  • Maine has a contract with Apple. Why Apple and not other vendors?
  • A number of school organizations are considering netbooks as possibilities for 1:1 programs. Do you think netbooks are feasible options for schools that wish to go this direction?
  • What are the biggest challenges of a large-scale 1:1 deployment? What is the biggest ongoing problem?
  • What would you recommend for school districts that are considering a 1:1 program for the first time. What should they be thinking about?
  • What did you say to naysayers who believe students will just play with these machines and not use them for educational purposes? Heck, they might even quote that FaceBook study that is all the rage (see Scott's blog ).
  • What research has there been in Maine on this initiative? What outputs have you (or others) measured (e.g., academic achievement, behavior, engagement, drop outs, college acceptance, etc.)?
  • In what ways is the initiative designed to improve student outcomes directly or indirectly?
  • Have you been able to conduct subgroup analysis of the impact on specific student populations?
  • What have been the moderating conditions that may affect the impact of the program?
  • What aspects of your program are most transferable to other districts or states?
  • What are the plans for filtering the content on these laptops? How can we be sure that our kids are protected from inappropriate sites?