Many years later, educators now
have at their disposal the most
powerful tools for developing and
maintaining professional learning
networks in history. Yet many
educators—principals, teachers, and
superintendents—have yet to fully utilize these
In most schools, whenever the
laptop cart is wheeled into a
classroom, we say the kids are
doing a “technology project.” But
to say that is to miss the point. Just
because a student uses a laptop or
a tablet or some other piece of equipment that is
new-ish to do their work does not mean they are
doing a technology project.
Over the weekend, an interesting
article, titled “A warning to college
profs from a high school teacher,”
ran in The Washington Post’s Answer
Sheet Column. Despite the article’s title,
Bernstein is really sending a warning
to all of us about the current reality concerning our
students and the climate of testing that has overtaken
our educational system.
The biggest challenge is that the
majority of principals don’t have the
professional development needed
to prepare them to lead with tech.
There is no program that focuses on
the principalship—that building-level
perspective needed to give them the tools and strategies
to initiate sustainable change and transformation.