Will digital technologies influence the future of school leadership? Certainly. Digital technologies change everything around us. They change how we live and work and play. They change how we act and how we think. They change the very fibers of our being, just like fire and agriculture and the wheel and paper.
We shouldn’t expect school leaders to somehow be immune to these ubiquitous change processes. And yet, so far, many of our superintendents, headmasters, principals, department chairs, and other school leaders seem to be. “The outside world is changing so fast. Where is the concurrent change in schools?,” we bemoan. “Why are our analog, factory-model schools still stuck in analog, factory mode?,” we decry. A line from writer William Gibson serves as both balm and irritant: “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.”
Stephen Valentine and Reshan Richards are both well known in the educational technology industry, so it should be no surprise that this book is fantastic. I had a chance to read a pre-release copy and really enjoyed it. The iBooks edition was made in iBooks Author, so it is very interactive. You may also know Reshan from Explain Everything.