Scott McLeod put out a call to edubloggers to use July 4th to celebrate Independent Thinking and Leadership by blogging to help educational leaders become better at leading in the area of digital technology in schools. I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with, as this is such a huge learning curve for me.
So, I'm in no position to offer any words of wisdom to other educational leaders regarding how to embrace and encourage digital technologies - still just taking baby steps, myself - but here's my own contribution to the conversation. For those who are so involved with these technologies, it may be difficult, and frustrating, to try to understand why anyone *wouldn't* be embracing these tools. So, my contribution is from the perspective of those of us well-meaning leaders who just aren't there yet.... the Top Ten Reasons Why Educational Leaders Don't Embrace Digital Technologies. I'm certainly not saying they're "good" reasons... but they're reasons. Maybe knowing them will help some of you to help us.
10. We don’t know it exists.
9. We wonder if it’s just a silly fad.
8. We haven’t got the time to figure it out.
7. We haven’t got enough knowledgeable personnel pushing, and helping, us on our learning curve.
6. We’re just overwhelmed by the scope of it all.
5. We worry how much it will cost – in both time and money.
4. We’re afraid of looking stupid or hopelessly out-of-date.
3. We don’t see how it will help test scores go up.
2. We don’t see its relevance to education.
1. We don’t see how, if we don’t get it, we’re ever going to get some of our faculty to get it.