My technology philosophy is based on what I can do to provide optimal learning experiences for the learners I teach. What I know and believe is important for successful technology leadership is confidence in my ability to learn, support of new and innovative techniques that provide proper assistance to the learning process, and a clear understanding of Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning.
Having Confidence in my ability to learn.
When discussing confidence in my ability to learn, my expectation of leading successfully integrated technology is paramount. In order to construct and design technologically sound coursework, I need to know, embrace, and analyze new programs, software, devices, techniques, and methods (ISTE 2.1.a., 2017). Releasing the fear of unknown technology is the path to having the confidence in my ability to learn about new ways to make the courses I create efficacious.
Support new and innovative techniques that provide assistance to the learning process.
It is not only confidence in my ability to learn that will enhance successful technology leadership in my work, but also my understanding of how to use the technology properly in specific settings for specific learning groups. Ensuring this method is equitable for all learners regardless of their technology knowledge and comfort level (ISTE 3.1.b., 2018) . This means, recognizing which programs would benefit my students the most and identifying when certain technology is inhibiting growth rather than supporting it (ISTE 2.5.b., 2017). By acknowledging the critical balance of technology and content, and using pedagogical methods to support both, this brings the learning environment into harmony for learners to receive instruction in the best way.
Understanding Bloom’s Taxonomy
Lastly, using Bloom’s Taxonomy to differentiate and determine the actions that demonstrate cognition is a clear factor in the success of technology leadership for me. This framework allows me to realize educational objectives for the learners. It is a guide in discovery of needs versus wants, for the course. Utilizing this tool gives higher quality to the planning, designing, and execution of coursework and challenges me to design according to the needs of the learners. This connects to leadership in technology because one must recognize when, how, and why to use technology when designing courses (ISTE 3.4.b., 2018) . Appropriating proper skills with the content opens channels for technology integration and reception.
My technology philosophy supports the ongoing changes that occur throughout education (ISTE 2.1.c., 2017). This philosophy will continue to be updated as technology and its use change in the workforce. My overarching technology goal is to use technology where and when needed and highlight its best attributes for specific courses and learners.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE. (2018). ISTE standards: Education Leaders.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (2017). ISTE standards: Educators. https://www.iste.org/standards/iste-