Leadership, Vision, and Successful Technology Integration in the Elementary Classroom
Delia Pass, Rutherford County Schools, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The focus of this paper is successful practices of creating a shared vision to encourage computer technology integration in the classroom resulting in increased student use of these technologies to promote active, directed learning. The role of visionary leadership in technology implementation is necessary to provide a significant purpose and clear values to an innovation such as increased technology integration in the classroom by teachers with their students. The findings in this study contribute to the knowledge base of effective computer technology integration methods. Teacher volunteers participated in a treatment group that received a professional development intervention that modeled a constructivist hands-on approach to creating technology-rich lessons based on classroom curricula and Internet technologies, and a comparison group that received no professional development. Teacher-created lessons were posted on-line and accessed by students of both groups of teachers, promoting the school-wide use of technology.
Pass, D. (2007). Leadership, Vision, and Successful Technology Integration in the Elementary Classroom. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1884-1891). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).