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How does your school system use technology in creative ways (other than teaching)?

By LeaderTalk Contributor — February 03, 2009 1 min read
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As technology continues to revolutionize communication (everywhere but schools of course), a proliferation of tools are becoming available. Some older applications like blogging are still slow to catch on and are very underutilized by administrators. In my book “The School Administrator’s Guide to Blogging: A New Way to Connect with your Community,” I outline many ways blogging could help administrators as well as the drawbacks. Yet everyday new technologies and new applications of old technologies keep emerging. Some districts use email and cell phone texting for emergency notifications now. As old hat as that sounds, many schools still do not use anything more advanced than calling the radio station and hope they make a timely announcement (right after this message!).

I recently received an email from a business manager of a school district asking me if I knew of specific school districts utilizing Twitter as a notification system in case of emergencies.

So I wondered what this illustrious group thinks. Are you aware of creative uses of technology by administrators? Is there a creative application of technology that you would like to see schools use that they do not?

Or is it the same old song and dance we have heard before. You know...”Our technology department has blocked that one from our school computers!”

Mark Stock

Cross linked at The Stock Mark Report

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