Whether it's listening to a podcast while commuting or scanning the latest online resources, savvy principals are learning, researching and reaching out with technology. Engaging in Facebook groups, following Twitter conversations and embracing the role that technology plays in educational leadership is the new normal for principals.
This familiarity with technology helps build the foundational skills a principal needs to understand and manage technology at the school site. In order to provide technology leadership, principals need to be comfortable with technology implementation, training and evaluation, among other skills.
According to "Schools of the Future" published in Principal magazine, "With more money being spent on educational technology than ever, it's imperative that the money supports research-based, highly effective instructional pedagogy." Principals can help guarantee that the investments they make in technology will support and empower their teachers and enhance the learning experience for their students.
Research, teaching, scheduling, communication, testing, evaluation and training are all activities involving technology, and it is the role of the principal to set the standard for their effective use in the school environment. Educators with a goal of achieving a leadership position strengthen their chances of success with a targeted advanced degree.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership Online
Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS) offers a fully online Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program that focuses on essential aspects of educational leadership. This degree program can be completed in as few as 12 months and consists of 34 credit hours, including an internship.
Among the required courses, Technology Leadership in Schools helps develop the skills a principal will need to manage technology at the school site. This course specifically addresses school-wide planning, instructional design, curriculum integration with standards, and logistics of implementation, training and design. With more learning resources and content going digital, there are a lot of technology-related challenges today's principals face.
Participants in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership online program at LSUS also learn the following:
- Leadership theories and planning models.
- How to improve educational programs through the proper management of human resources.
- Concepts and practices for developing and maintaining informed involvement of communities with public schools.
- Fundamental concepts of American school law and how to apply the law to real-world settings.
- How to interpret research and identify best practices that they can use to increase student motivation, engagement and achievement.
The LSUS online master's degree program features smaller class sizes, experienced faculty, and all of the LSUS resources combined to provide individualized, real-world learning. More than 80 percent of the LSUS faculty hold doctoral degrees, and the online faculty have served in all educational administration roles — including central office, principal and superintendent positions.
Coursework aligns with both national and state standards: the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and Standards for School Principals in Louisiana (SSPL). The "anytime, anywhere" 24/7 online access provides flexibility that working professionals need in order to pursue an advanced degree while also balancing work and home obligations.
Learn more about the LSUS online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program.
Sources:Principal: Schools of the Future
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