While I don’t remember the exact details of the conversation (wait, a quick google search and voila!), and that was a few thousand tweets ago, I remember that the main problem was simply that technology directors are mired in fear, uncertainty and doubt, keeping people they allegedly serve stuck in static learning environments.
In fact, Alice later tweeted, “Many of them are and there are some wonderful IT depts and others are shivering in the corner with fear.”
If one were to make a list of the objectionable actions technology directors make, what would comprise the list?
Here are some ideas:
- “Starting with locking down email/youtube/tools teachers want/need” (Alice Keeler)
- Locking down social media tools.
- Making software and hardware decisions based on their perspective not that of teachers and students
- Virtualizing all the desktops so the CTO has absolute control and end-users cannot load software or customize anything
- Make getting help or support too complicated
- Fear of change
- Plan for what you can, be open to possibilities.
- Communicate and build relationships to the best of your ability.
- Know what leadership/management style best fits your team.
- Read voraciously, throw innovative ideas and solutions out; don’t wait for the best moment because you’ll be waiting a long time.
- Recognize you have a short time (2-3 years) to make things happen before things started happening back. (the power of the system to fight back a la Peter Senge)