The Senior Leadership Administration Team (SALT) from Yokohama International School all attended an sponsored event on February 21, 2009. Presenters were Chris Toy & Matt McInnis, Apple Asia Pacific PreK-12 International Schools Representative. The leadership workshop had the theme Modeling, Reflecting, and Transference: Leading School Change in the 21st Century.
By John Snowball, Yokohama International School
Middle School Principal
An excellent day’s learning. The facilitators used some very good learning exercises to help us see the potential of technology in our schools as well as helping us to think about how we can lead this. One of the best exercises used a strategy to not only help identify the huge range of e-learning software and strategies, but a way of identifying who on staff uses some of them. This can then pave the way for tremendous PD opportunities for those teachers and help build a really strong technology teaching and learning culture.
Obviously one of the salient points was the speed of the change in this area, as well as the fact that it isn’t going to slow down. As administrators, we have a responsibility to make sure that it is planned well – it can be expensive! – but that we remember the importance of good learning strategies and that simply having the “gear” is not enough.
Finally, as leaders in our schools, we need to model the best approaches which can ensure participation by many not the few.