What makes someone an educational-technology leader? Are there certain qualities that make people stand out from everyone else? Do they have fancy degrees that make them special? Leaders have certain qualities that help them stand out from the crowd, they direct the masses and encourage more to follow. Leaders lead by example and strive to learn from successes and failures. They listen to others and share their opinions in a respectful manner. Where do these traits fit in to the world of educational technology?
Having passion for education and technology gets a person two-thirds of the way there. Take those leadership qualities that we all possess and focus them on your passions, and you can be a leader in ed tech for your school, district, state or beyond.
- Honesty in evaluating tools.
- Examines how technology affects students and addresses curricular needs.
- Needs to be connected: Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Google.
- No one has all the knowledge, but does if you are with a group of people.
- Staying updated, there is always something new, almost every week.
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Lastly, I am going to leave you with a few web 2.0 tools you can take back to your classroom or use for yourself to become an ed-tech leader in your school, district, state, nation.
The first is BetterExplained (http://betterexplained.com/) At Better Explained there is always a better way to explain an idea. Complicated ideas get easier. Multiplication, reading and even tying your shoes seemed tough at first and are trivial now. Likewise, I believe (I know!) that math, science, business, technology or any topic can be understood at an intuitive level – after overcoming the initial complexity. You are your own perfect tutor. Think about it – you overcame the problems and can explain the solution in language that makes sense. Unfortunately, we can’t go back in time. But I share the “Ah-ha!” moments that I've found.
Lastly it is Math Blogging (http://www.mathblogging.org/) is your one-stop shop for mathematical blogs. Unfortunately I believe my blog though mathematical in nature is not on this site, but a great resource for any math teacher. They provide vast resources from great math bloggers such as Peter Rowlett, Vi Hart, math hombre, and Dan Meyer.