To date we have reviewed a few of the many resources that afford school leaders an avenue from which to enter the digital leadership pathway. The format for this journey has been this interactive website which serves to support leaders as they connect with the world of digital leadership, communicate successes and challenges and ultimately collaborate with school leaders around the globe, It is my hope that you will find this site and blog a useful tool to support you along your journey. One of the goals has been to bridge the divide between research and practice and from some of the feedback that I have received, I am confident that this goal has been met. Another goal is to develop a resource for leaders to freely explore all of the benefits of digital leadership with the support of colleagues as digital leadership must be developed through community. To this end the website contains research, resources and connections to the top contributors to the field of digital leadership and learning.
Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending the Technology Enabled Learning and Leading Conference 2015. A conference devoted to supporting school leaders as they take on the role of gatekeepers of digital learning in the information age. One of the highlights of the conference included a keynote from Alec Couros. His talk focused on the humanization of technology for learning and he led us to the realization that our PLNs are in fact our human connection networks. Our online coaches and supporting crew that can be there for you in an instant even from across the globe. Complimenting this message was the keynote from Simon Breakspear, founder and CEO of LearnLabs. Breakspear provided the clear message that as school leaders we are charged with the task of creating urgency around developing a digital culture to ease the adoption of a 21st century learning mindset. Simon stressed the importance of developing the capacity to learn and relearn as the context changes in the speed of digital age learning. Drawing on a sports analogy, Breakspear drew similarities between a professional athlete’s drive for constant improvement, even on a minute scale in the face of both failure and success, with that of our own need as leaders to forge new paths to strong digital leadership. This according to Breakspear is the “Hard Fun” of deep learning. We need to refocus our internal drive to constantly refine practice and strive for the incremental successes while taking the hits of many failures. According to Breakspear, the only limiting factor is the human –centric problem of increasing our capacity to contstantly be deeply engaged in continuous learning. The end point is the realization that digital learning forces us to redesign learning in itself. In essence, we are the gatekeepers of the transformation of learning that is enabled by an ever-improving array of technology supported by the relationships we cultivate in our learning networks. Until next time, practice, rest and then suit –up, the second half starts soon.
How do the innovative learning environments get created? Simon Breakspear, VOSca | TED-Ed [Video file]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://ed.ted.com/on/LIMf1Cb4
Technology Enabled Learning and Leading Conference, August 2015 Toronto Ontario