leadership? A Technology Coordinator exhibits leadership in a school
by possessing an understanding
of how his or her own characteristics blend with the schoolÍs culture.
an effective technology leader is a challenging task; however, by
understanding the leadership role within the integrated management
system, a technology coordinator can provide an atmosphere for students
and staff to learn, grow and succeed. Effective technology leadership
requires use of the following:
Technology Coordinator develops, maintains and improves a mission that
guides technology usage for students and staff. An effective Technology
Coordinator creates and diplays a mission statement to guide decisions.
For information on creating and your mission statement, please go to
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Technology Coordinator uses quality improvement principles in his/her
daily operations. (PDSA)
effective Technology Coordinator creates a quality culture focusing
on continual improvement of all processes using the PDSA cycle. Processes
should be displayed for staff and students in an easy to read flowchart
format. A typical process for the Technology Coordinator is technical
support. Some successful Technology Coordinators have used an email
process and others have used a paper form.
Technology Coordinator reviews, displays and communicates technology
goals and objectives as related to the School Improvement Plan.
effective Technology Coordinator uses the integrated management system
consistently to review, display and communicate progress (data) toward
achieving technology goals and objectives. Technology Coordinators are
usually called upon to present data to Technology Committees, School
Advisory Committees, Grade level teams, departments and administrators.
Effectively communicating to these groups can be a challenge. Technology
Coordinators are often expected to faciliatate meetings and make presentations.
Here are some resources to assist you:
for Effective Meetings Use an agenda that includes topics for discussion,
defines each topic, lists the presenter of the topic, lists the estimated
time to discuss the topic, and the describes the type of topic (is it
a discussion item or just an announcement.)
agenda has a short, 5 to 10 minute warm up activity. Then proceeds into
a quick review of the agenda, adding or deleting items, modifying time
limits, if neccessary. A break is included if the meeting will be longer
than 2 hours. The agenda ends with an evaluation and discussion of the
agenda for the next meeting, if neccessary. The facilitator of the meeting
is responsible for maintaining focus and moving along the agenda, honoring
time limits and recognizing when it is someoneÍs turn to present or
discuss an item. A scribe is helpful to take the minutes of the meeting,
recording main points raised and decisions made by the group. Adherence
to the ñ100-mile ruleî is helpful in maintaining focus and attention.
Once a meeting begins, no member should be interrupted from attending
the meeting unless the disruption would occur even if the meeting was
100 miles away from the workplace.