Friday, July 24, 2015

What does it mean to be a leader in the area of ‘Computer and Information Technology integration?

Provide an overview of necessary knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes.

A leader is one who sees weaknesses in a system and takes charge to make those weaknesses either go away or find solutions to make things better.  A leader with regards to Computers and IT needs to see where schools are not as up to speed as others and educate the staff as they see fit.  A school with less technology could look at how to equitably use the technology amongst the classes.  They might even make weekly lessons and goals on what the students should be accomplishing.  Schools with more technology need to make sure it is being used to its fullest potential.  Ideally to have technology on constant use. Educating teachers on how to use the technology is key.  Providing workshops or online presentations for those who cannot make the meetings might be beneficial.
This leader works with the administration on whether or not the budget permits more purchases and if so, which devices will be most used.
This person must be patient because IT help desks don't aways answer right away and the leader within the school is often more approachable and provides quicker answers.  The leader needs to be reading news, testing new tools and web 2.0 sites in order to be knowledgable in case asked.  They need to model in their own classroom and use students to help if it becomes overwhelming.  Lastly, I would say that the leader would have to be flexible and open to having other staff members coming into their classroom in order to see the model in place.
These are just a few qualities that i feel are necessary in a leader for IT.