Educational Leadership 624

EDEL 624: Technology for School Administrators

Credit Hours: (3)

Explore technological applications for the purpose of effectively enriching teaching and learning in preK-12 schools. Current technologies for school management and for business procedures will be presented and assessed. Short and long range technology planning for the school, including exploring resource options, will be investigated.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course will address the following concepts:

1. Technology, telecommunications, and information systems that enrich curriculum, instruction and the diverse needs of students.

    a.    Computer Assisted Instruction (CAT) systems

    b.    CD ROM retrieval systems

    c.    Online networks

    d.    Distance learning

    e.    Interactive video

    f.    Digital cameras

    g.    Emerging Technology  

2. Current technologies for school management and business procedures (attendance, budgeting, finance, etc.)

3. Long range planning for school (and district, when applicable) technology and information systems
4. Computer hardware and software options to support the school office, teaching, and learning in an integrated school and district plan
5. Staff development models that reflect a knowledge of the impact of technologies on student outcomes and school operations
6. Technology for efficient communication with stakeholders including

    a. E-mail (including sending and receiving attachments)
    b. Newsletter software
    c. Digital camera applications
    d. School report cards
    e. Other

7. Multimedia presentations by students

    a. Findings from class investigations and activities

        (1) Research
        (2) Tours
        (3) Interviews

8. Multiple PowerPoint presentations by students

    a.    Introduction of self to faculty for "Back to School Night"
    b.    Other principalship oriented themes
    c.    Outline of software programs available to faculty such as Curriculum Designer
    d.    Other central office supervisor themes

    e.    Research

    f.    Tours

    g.    Interviews

9. Software programs and applications for administrators

    a. Programs available demonstrated
    b. Practice by students using the programs

10. Word processing will be used to write a letter importing information from spreadsheets or other applications

    a. Letter to teachers on test scores
    b. Newsletter detailing school information for school report cards
    c. Other


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Investigation, analysis, and practice characterize the conduct of this course as students are given opportunities to learn needed skills while developing an understanding of issues pertinent to administering the school’s instructional technology plan.  Demonstrations of and practice with software programs and applications will allow students to learn technology while developing skills necessary for school administration.  Students will research online and print resources to discover effective hardware and software packages useful both in administration and instruction. Tours of local school’s exemplary programs will allow students to view course content in practice.  Twenty hours of structured field experiences with on-site mentor / principal / and/or supervisor will also be required for completion of the course and will be reported in a variety of assignments. Collection and analysis of long range planning models will be done and interviews with those who created and/or use them will be conducted.  Guest speakers, course readings, and interviews with various stakeholders will be employed.  A variety of written and/or oral assignments (research reviews, reflective writings, narrative responses, journals, formal papers, book talks, interviews) will be used to help students assimilate information.  Group and individual tasks will be used to process and reinforce information/skills and for class sharing.  Lectures by the professor are utilized to supplement and reinforce course readings.  WWW searches will provide an additional source for acquiring related course content.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

The codes listed below refer to:  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Virginia Department of Education Standards for Administration and Supervision (VAS), and Interstate School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ISLLC).

 Goals, objectives, and assignments in this class address NCATE Standard 1e., 1f. and 1g. 

 The student will: 

1. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of planning, assessment, and instructional leadership that builds collective professional capacity; (VAS a.) and ISLLC 2

2. Integrate technology in curriculum and instruction to enhance learner understanding; (VAS a.(6)) and (ISLLC 2)

3. Identify, analyze, and resolve problems using effective problem-solving techniques (VAS a.(7)) and (ISLLC 3)

4. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of systems and organizations; (VAS b.) (ISLLC 3, 6)

5. Identify information sources and processing, including data collection and data analysis strategies; (VAS b. (3))

6. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of management and leadership skills that achieve effective and efficient organizational operations; (VAS c.) and (ISLLC 3)

7. Utilize technologies that support management functions; (VAS c. (7)) and (ISLLC 3)

8. Apply data-driven decision making to initiate and continue improvement in school and classroom practices and student achievement; (VAS c. (8)) and (ISLLC 2, 3)

9. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of the conditions and dynamics impacting a diverse school community; (VAS d.) and ISLLC 4)

10. Integrate technology to support communication efforts (VAS d. (5))

11. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of the purpose of education and the role of professionalism in advancing educational goals; (VAS e.) and (ISLLC 5)

12. Demonstrate knowledge of historically and philosophically grounded philosophy of education that reflects commitment to principles of honesty, fairness, caring, and equity in day-to-day professional behavior (VAS e. (1)) and (ISLLC 5, 6)

13. Participate in embedded learning strategies for improved student learning totaling at least 120 clock hours including (VAS g.) and (ISLLC 7)

14. Participate in experiential activities that complement, implement, and parallel the university curriculum (VAS g. (1)) and (ISLLC 7)

15. Participate in activities that emphasize student work with practical application that shall take place in the internship, the practicum field experience, as well as throughout the university program. (VAS g. (2)) and (ISLLC 7)


Assessment Measures

All instructors of the course will assess students with the following assignments:

  •  Develop a vision statement that addresses your proposed utilization and/or integration of technology during your first year as an administrator. Then list at least five specific goals supporting that vision.
  • Completion of a webpage that displays hyperlinks to at least nine assignments completed during the course in a variety of software applications.
  • Additionally, instructors will choose at least two assessment measures from the following to assess learning in the course:
  • Written assignments such as research presentations in computer based presentation applications
  • Written report of school personnel interviews on a variety of topics including specific hardware, software and technology certifications.
  • Specific readings and written reports of current technology trends.

Technological proficiency must be demonstrated in written assignments, electronic mail communications, and correspondence. 


Other Course Information



Approval and review dates

February 2001 New Course approved

2/27/09    Reviewed by Robert McCracken