by Tracy Rosen, teaching & consulting since 1996, blogging about it here since 2007. All views are my own.
Do administrators have to be technology-savvy themselves in order to be effective technology leaders in their organizations?
I used to think yes, now I think not so much.
What administrators need to be is trusting of their teachers. Technological change happens in the classroom. It won’t happen if it is dictated from above, it will happen if teachers are allowed to use what they see fit for their classroom, their students.
Granted, administrators need to ok the purchase of expensive hardware but once that is in place so much can be done at the discretion of the teacher! If administrators have to know how to use each and every bit of technology, each and every app, before it is implemented in the classroom things will be slow.
Trusting of your teachers. That is what administrators have to be.