Between ebooks, interactive lesson plans, digital recruitment and more, education technology is profoundly changing the way teachers teach, students learn and districts operate as a whole. The influence of education technology is largely attributed to district leaders who have used education technology to overcome district challenges or enhance learning objectives and have spread their knowledge and resources to other districts. The following four individuals are district leaders who we believe are influencing education technology based on how they use education technology to create positive changes within their schools as well as pioneer for the use of education technology and innovation in districts worldwide.
Influencers in Education Technology:
Eric Sheninger serves as the Director of Technology and Innovation for the Sportswood School District in New Jersey, and is widely known for his work in the International Center for Leadership in Education. Sheninger focuses on educators using technology and innovative practices that transform learning cultures to move schools and districts forward. With this in mind, he created the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for educators to successfully implement sustainable solutions for change within their district. Sheninger often consults districts on how they can use social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to facilitate a positive learning and work environment as well as influential brand presence for their district. Sheninger is a best selling book author, active blog writer and speaker.
Patrick Larkin is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning in Burlington Public Schools District, Burlington, MA influencing the way his district and other schools learn through technology. During his time as the Burlington High School Principal, Larkin led Massachusetts’s first school-wide high school iPad deployment and received the 2012 Digital Principal Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Today, Larkin regularly observes teachers and students in action to see where technology can maximize their teaching and learning efforts. Larkin is also the Senior Associate for Ed Tech Teacher and an active blogger for Connected Principals, as well as his own blog Patrick Larkin.
As the Director of Talent Acquisition for the Chicago Public Schools District, Paul Rohit oversees sourcing, recruitment, and onboarding of education professionals for the nation’s third largest school district. Rohit led the district to its lowest number of teacher vacancies in five years and has become an influencer in education technology through his application of innovative HR practices including digital interviewing. Paul implemented RIVS Digital Interviews to utilize one-way voice interviews to screen applicants for their Teacher Quality Pool Selection Process and move quality applicants through the interviewing process faster. Paul has worked within Chicago Public School District for over 12 years and plays an integral role in the success of their HR team.
Superintendent John Carver of Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools is an advocate for using technology to enhance education so that students and teachers move away from static education practices and into forward thinking, 21st Century learning. Carver is an active supporter of Future Ready and took the Future Ready Pledge, a commitment to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district’s vision for student learning. He describes educational technology as a “game changer.”
Education technology is rapidly changing education by helping district overcome challenges and create opportunities. To continuously keep districts moving forward and provide teachers, students, and support staff the resources they need to be successful, district leaders need to actively assess where their schools could benefit from education technology as well as remain educated on how other districts are utilizing education technology. Education technology is raising the standard of education and creating an exciting future of growth.
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