I would also like to mention how I have never though of a school as a business. Now, after taking this course, I cannot simply separate the two, as they are so closely connected. I did not mention it as one of my major take aways, but I think that this may be the most important take away for me because I feel that everything else branches off of this idea. I feel that I never saw it before, but our business is the success and safety of the students. Throughout all of these modules, I feel that this is what will stick with me the most. Just as any business, an EA plan must be present, appropriate to the mission or vision, communicated, and reevaluated in an appropriate manner according to the given business.
What are your three most critical discoveries for this course? How will the learning you have gained serve you in your role as an educational technology leader?
My three most critical discoveries for this course:
1) Communication and collaboration is more crucial than I even realized when it comes to a business. One cannot just simply count on the leaders of the business to take care of it all. There were so many areas regarding decision making that I never realized I should know about as a stakeholder. Our school does an amazing job at keeping us in the loop, but when thinking about other schools, I worry about their communication and how much or little those teachers understand about their school.
2) More goes into choosing a tool for technology than I realized. Collaboration with nearby and distant schools can save your school money and a lot of hassle. Do not forget the mission and vision of your business when choosing these tools.
3) If you want true feedback, and to encourage any use of technology or further growth in general, support as well as continuous communication are crucial. For success of anything new, one must feel comfortable that they are not doing this on their own and be reminded of the many learning curves.