The Importance of Modeling Technology

From Patrick Larkin in his article Getting Connected:

School leaders have a moral obligation to connect and collaborate to help all students.

and

How can we be upset with teachers who are hesitant when using unfamiliar technology if we do not participate ourselves? Besides, it’s not about us; it’s about the students and ensuring that we are doing all we can to best prepare them to compete for jobs that have yet to be created.

This last weekend, I had the chance to sit in on a roundtable discussion with some ELT administrators who are taking the step to use technology, such as Twitter, to connect with one another as well as with those outside of their normal sphere of discussion. They are doing this because they see the value in developing their personal learning network (PLN) to help themselves, their colleagues, and their students. I applaud them for being willing to take this step, even though some are being taken far outside their comfort zone. They are even starting their own chat hashtag and meeting times online. I am sure that as this develops, we will all benefit from their expertise. My hope is that others will follow their example.

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