Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture.-Eric Sheninger in Digital Leadership
This quote I believe sums up what I think is a quality of a leader who displays Digital leadership. Today mankind is faced with a situation where 90% of information that was created has been done in the last 2 years. In such a scenario, unless educators embrace technology, we are going to be left behind. By “embrace”, I do not just mean knowing about the existence of an app or a tool but also being able to actively embed it with a purpose into curriculum delivery. This requires a change in mindset of leaders and educators and a shift in traditional pedagogical practices to be able to implement with success. It is more than just getting kids familiar with a tool and more about filing their back with tools that they can use to collect, connect, create and innovate as they learn from and with each other in the digital world that they live in. No longer will it just be enough to get kids to use ipads and computers to play video games and type up their assignments. Leaders today will need to get kids connected to kids from all around the planet as they collaborate and work towards creating new knowledge.
Recently I was part of a group that engaged in a personality Dimension Activity. By answering a variety of questions, an individual gets to know what colour he/she is. The 4 colours that the program classifies individuals into based on characteristic qualities is green, blue, orange and gold
It was a great experience engaging in the various activities and reiterated to me that my colour is green!!! Although I must say looking at the various outfits that I have in my closet should have told me that I would end up being predominantly green and then followed closely by blue!!!!
This was a great learning activity as in the end it was fun to get to know more about oneself. In most cased, it was an Aha! moment when participants realized that they were able to rightly recognize and place themselves in the correct colour category, even before we engaged in any of the tasks.
It was also interesting to get to know what colour band my colleagues fit into. There were many I told you so moments!!!!!
IT was great learning experience!!!!
I watched this video by Eddie Obeng on TED talks titled Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world and it made me think about the role a teacher plays in the classroom. How important are our roles as agents preparing children for a future that is changing as I write? Are we preparing children for their future or our past? This has been a question that has inspired me to reflect on my role in the classroom and the roles of the students in front of me. With information available at the press of a button what is more important: providing children with skills and strategies that can help them access and navigate though the tonnes of information or giving them that information.
I strongly believe that providing them with the tools to access and process the information is a more important tool. Eddie Obeng says that what worked yesterday won’t work tomorrow. How important is it then to provide children with skills that will enable them to adapt, solve problems and prepare them for “smart failure”( as Eddie calls it) when they realize that they were not successful despite the fact they tried various strategies. How important then is it to prepare students to be risk takers?