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Technology Leadership Project

Cousett Hoover
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What is a leader?

What is a leader? A leader is someone who shares, is innovative and transformative. Leaders direct the masses and encourage more to follow. They lead by example and strive to learn from successes and failures. Leaders are people you want to stand with in difficult times. They will listen to others and share their opinions in a respectful manner. But we still don’t really know how these traits play out in the educational technology world.

What makes a good EdTech leader?

A good Ed Tech leader is someone who starts with the why question, they are malleable and can easily adapt to the changing world. They share and think in win-win-win situations and think two steps ahead. They care about the technology and enjoy what they do.

Twitter Says …

Tweets:

There is an interest in these topics but no one seemed willing to commit certain individuals as an edtech leader.

I wanted to involve Twitter in my search for today’s EdTech leaders. I tweeted some questions multiple times: Who are the edtech leaders of today? Who’s making a difference? and What makes someone an edtech leader? There were no responses from the Twittersphere. The tweets were retweeted a couple of times and favorited several times. There seems to be an interest in these topics but no one seems willing to commit certain individuals as an edtech leader. 

Techspirations Site

In Spring 2014, Techspirations was born as a site that would be  a collection of educational apps reviews, websites, articles and some of my own experiences.

Techspirations is:

In Spring 2014, Techspirations was born as a site that would be  a collection of educational apps reviews, websites, articles and some of my own experiences. Techspirations was built to be one resource and repository for all edtech items, to provide a repository for all those interested in edtech resources and a nicer interface for Educational Technology course materials. Techspirations also allows visitors to contribute to the repository of apps and resources.

Techspirations Leaders

Techspirations has a new content data structure called Leader.

Leader contains the following information:

Techspirations will also post to twitter the leader information with the hashtags #edtech and #edtechlead so that those following can have updated information on up and coming leaders.

This semester the Techspirations site grew to include a new content data structure called Leader. This content includes contact information of the leader, information on how the individual is a technology leader, social media links to twitter, blogs and others. A number of Technology leader themes were also identified and categorized. Lastly, the content contains the twitter feed for that leader within the page. Techspirations will also post to twitter the leader information with the hashtags #edtech, #edtechlead and #digilead so that those following can have updated information on up and coming leaders. 

Leader Themes

screenshot_458Leader Themes identified:

A number of leader themes were identified in my process. This allowed the leaders to be categorized in a number of different ways. Categories included roles, such as being either a principal or teacher. Also types of pedagogy such as flat classroom, mobile learning, or project based learning. Other theme included various content area leaders, tool leaders and leaders that help others build connections or provide professional development. I found the division and number of leaders that were principals or administration to the number of teacher leaders to be fascinating. Also as we build our Personal Learning Networks it is important to consider that there are leaders for particular teaching styles or tools as well as more general leaders.

Connectedness of Leaders – @principalkp

@principalkp Visualization

These next two slides utilizes a tool called blue nod to visualize the Twitter network and community of each of the leaders. This first visualization is of Keith Peters, someone who I consider to be an up and coming leader. The following slide shows the visualization of Nicholas Provenzano or @thenerdyteacher. Nicholas’ network is rather large as he has built his extensive personal learning network. Unfortunately embedding the tool did not work as planned so to get the full effect of the tool please click on the image or link and explore more.

Connectedness of Leaders – @thenerdyteacher

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@thenerdyteacher Visualization

Sample Leaders

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This is the leader page for Nicholas Provenzano. It includes his title as a High School English Teacher, some background information and why he is a technology leader. Several links for each leader are included below the main content. The live stream of each leader’s twitter stream is on the page but not visible in the screenshot. A visitor can share the page with their own social media. A visitor can also see the themes and related resources for the particular leader. Click on the image to go to the live site for Nicholas Provenzano.

Leaders on Techspirations

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More leaders on techspirations.org

This is a sample of the leaders visible on Techspirations. The resource continues to grow and currently includes about fifteen leaders. Clicking on the link will allow you to explore the leaders page on Techspirations.

Resources

Thank you for listening and participating in my presentation. These are some of the resources I found useful in my quest for Educational Technology Leaders.
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