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Are you asking these questions about #edtech?

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In a previous blog post, I suggested educators, particularly leaders, ask this question about technology use:

How does the technology advance us toward our vision for learning?

Keeping in mind that learner agency is a big part of that vision, I've been intrigued by a quote from Gary Stager:

Technology is not neutral. It bestows agency on the system, the teacher or the learner.

After some reflection, here are new leadership questions we should be asking about #edtech use in our classrooms:

How is the technology designed - to leverage learner, teacher or system agency?

How are we using technology in ways that shift the maximum agency to the learner?

In order to answer these questions, schools need to first have a compelling vision for learning, and it must include high levels of learner agency. Working on creating a vision for learning? You may be interested in an earlier post on our crisis of vision.

What other questions are you asking about technology use and how it advances a vision for learning?

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Randy currently serves as Superintendent in the Salisbury Township School District in Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position, Randy was a classroom teacher, Department Chair, Technology Integration Specialist, Director of Technology and Assistant Superintendent. Randy is also Clinical Adjunct Professor of Education at Moravian College, teaching courses in inquiry, assessment and technology in the undergraduate, graduate and principal certification programs. He graduated from Moravian College with a B.Mus. degree, earned his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in technology leadership, and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in educational and organizational leadership. In 2014, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) recognized Randy as the Outstanding District Administrator for the state of Pennsylvania. In 2015, Randy was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) as the Outstanding Leader of the Year. Follow Randy on Twitter @ziegeran, read his blog WorkingAtTheEdge.org and listen to the podcast co-hosted with @lfuinihetten at TLTalkRadio.org.
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