It’s Tuesday, which means we had our regular principal/district staff meeting. It was full of the typical administrivia that tends to put me to sleep, until I heard the following phrase uttered…
Could you send that to us in electronic form?
This came from one of our least-technically inclined principals. It also occurred to me that this wasn’t the first time I’d heard this phrase in one of our meetings.
Just a couple of years ago this phrase would have never been heard. I was in the midst of a battle to get our office paper-trained and convert most of our forms to some electronic format – to think data and information instead of print and format. We’re not there yet, but I find this comment to be a welcoming trend.
Tomorrow we leave for FETC in Orlando. I’ve only attended once, and that was ten years ago. This time I’m taking my school tech coordinators – scary. As I packed, I thought back to the comment in the principals meeting and to a phone call from another principal. That call suggested that I find another tech conference and take some principals with me. Another good sign of progress.
The call also made me ponder – by taking my tech crew, am I only taking folks that may not be as affected by new technology idea? Should I take teachers or administrators whose primary function is not technology-related? Would these get more out of it? I think for EdTech next year I might see if I can get a mix to attend.