A colleague recently asked me, “What are some of the traditional ways administrators work that could be changed by strategically applying technology?” The question made me think of technology as a topical ointment you can apply on leaders who are bit old and crusty, suffering desiccated souls who still think they can be successful without a deep plunge into the realm of technology.
Administrators, or campus leaders if they are willing to climb the magical staircase, have to take a hard look at 5 practices they can improve with technology. I’m not sure my list below does the job, but it’s a first draft.
Since it’s a first draft, how would you do a better job than what I suggest here? Again, I don’t mean to suggest that this is THE way to do it. I welcome critical feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Note: All suggested “new” approaches work with Android, iOS, and traditional technology (e.g. computers, laptops).
|Problem||Topical Ointment||Transforming Technology||Deep Plunge with New Approach|
|Need to get feedback on a set of ideas discussed in a meeting or a document.||Email a Word or Excel document to many people, ask them to make changes, and then you combine those into one document.||GoogleDrive||Create a GoogleDoc, share it with collaborators and invite them to modify it.|
|Need to collect the same information from many people.||Send an email with a list of questions and ask them to send it back to you.||GoogleForm||Create a GoogleForm, then send the link out to everyone. Your GoogleForm has standard choices so that there isn’t any confusion about the answers, even though they differ from respondent to respondent.|
|Connect with parents via a coffee.||Invite parents for a coffee, sending out announcements via Twitter and other social media.||Edmodo
||Invite parents for a face to face session, use social media before, during and after to heighten engagement and transparent interactions. Use Edmodo to have a conversation, publishing key contributions to your RSS feed.|
|Facilitate a book study for staff, students.||Have face to face meetings with target audience, reading paper books.||GoogleDocs
|Post an outline of book study topics, then after an initial F2F “get to know you session” have participants share their insights in an Edmodo Group.|
|Let people know about an event.||Print a flyer and put it everywhere.||GoogleDraw
|Design your flyer using GoogleDraw, then put it online in the faculty Edmodo group or, if parents, share via social media outlet.|
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