Technology Leadership Philosophy
By: Karen Caverly Molineaux
“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” --Bill Clinton
As educators, we are taught that the most important thing in the learning arena is to ensure that all students have equal learning opportunity. Additionally, it is my firm belief that educators have a responsibility to ensure opportunities for exposure to, training on, and interaction with technology tools. These opportunities are necessary, not only for success in the everyday lives of students outside campus walls, but also as a way to enhance the teaching and learning process.
Access to, and use of, the latest innovations in technology for teaching and learning must be welcomed, implemented, and embraced in order to accomplish maximum learning outcomes and objectives. It is important to make learning relevant, meaningful, and accessible to all who seek it, and it is our responsibility, as educators and education leaders, to facilitate the use and integration of these innovations into the educational setting, as a whole.
If every effort is not made to embrace advances in technology for teaching and learning, and changes not made to adjust the tools used for those purposes on a regular basis, then we have failed our students, and ourselves, in meeting the goals and vision of a quality education. Additionally, as educators, it is our responsibility to continually update our education and understanding of the latest innovations available for teaching and learning progress.
Some might argue that there are limitations of a campus or district to implement emerging technologies, but know this: If other educational institutions are adopting “new” technologies, then it can be done! There is no room for fear of change; it must be welcomed, and used to our advantage for the sole purpose of student success.