2-9-13, NEW DELHI
The school principals, managers, and administrators need to think of the use of technology from just being used for automating administrative purposes to transforming teaching and learning. Firstly, there needs to be a vision, which should ideally be developed with the involvement of all the stakeholders-teachers, students, parents, and the community. The vision should address the school's mission and goals; and be practical and specific.
Secondly, the digital leader should be able to manage the change in such a way that he/she involves all the stakeholders in evaluating the current situation, identifying the strengths and weaknesses, prioritising the tasks, and implementing change in such a way that allows reflection and periodic revisions.
Thirdly, there is a need for creating new professional development initiatives to support the integration in the classrooms. It is quite clear that no matter how much equipment a school or classroom has, unless the educators are well prepared, confident, and have had the chance to practise, little will change in the classroom. A great deal of professional development has been ineffective. Researchers report many reasons for this: training on unfamiliar equipment, focus on hardware and software but not on the integration of their instructional practice, lack of connection to students' and teachers' real needs, and no shared vision.
And finally, the digital leader should establish a clear set of communication channels, so that all stakeholders are able to address their areas of concern. This would lead to monitoring and evaluating the change, and providing feedback for effectiveness and progress.