The Quiet Desperation of Irrelevance

by Jean Tower


In the April 20, 2009 issue, Information Week ran an article entitled The Quiet Desperation of Irrelevance .  I find it interesting that, in a large sense, corporate IT surveys reflect the opinions and frustrations I hear from my colleagues in school IT.

Here’s what the article said were the top 4 responses that IT professionals cited as things that would improve their job productivity.

>> Better guidance from business leaders on the most important processes, measures, and metrics

>> A clearer sense of corporate strategy from top executives

>> Better vetting and pilot testing of prospective technologies

>> More support from top execs to implement policies and procedures company-wide

Here is my attempt to translate those four into school world terms.

>> Better guidance from educators and administrators on the most important processes, measures, and metrics. That is, what are the most important things IT can do to improve teaching and learning and productivity, and how should we measure success?

>> A clearer sense of district mission and goals and strategic plan from educators and administrators, especially where IT can be most tightly coupled with these goals

>> Better vetting and pilot testing of prospective technologies

>> More support from all administrators to implement policies and procedures district-wide

I have been operating under a misperception that school leaders were less inclined to make sure they understood how to leverage technology to meet learning goals, implement the district mission and strategic plan – I guess we simply mirror the rest of the world!

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