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Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Reboot the Role of the Technology Leaders and Teachers

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Ruchira Kochar  
What's next for tech leaders? Now that we've implemented 1:1 programs and makerspaces, developed tech program mission and vision statements, created budgets with innovation funds and grants — now what? How do our roles change? From leader of tech education to enabler of tech in education? Let's think together.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

"The ISTE certified Educator learning journey has brought about a ‘shift’ in my style of leadership as the divisional coordinator. As I understand the educator role so much better, especially through the pedagogical lens, I now find myself re-thinking my role and responsibilities. It is not just ‘my’ responsibility to ensure that the ES Tech and Makerspace programs continue to evolve and stay current but it is my job to ensure that this is a ‘collective’ responsibility’ of the divisional faculty. My role is more about creating professional development opportunities for teachers to unpack the ISTE Standards for Educators so that they feel empowered to integrate the ISTE student and content standards. As a school, we are already using the Understanding by Design framework for lesson planning, and I have already had conversations with school admin about the need to be intentional when it comes to integrating the tech and content standards." -- Ruchira Kochar
I hope for my fellow Technology Leaders to redefine their roles - move from 'my' responsibility to 'collective and shared' responsibility. Be a Coach of the ISTE Educator standards. All Faculty needs to be educated about the ISTE Educator standards - and this has become more evident in these unique COVID times.


We will 'Hack' a Day in the Life of a Technology Leader (coordinator/ Coach).
Use Thinking Routines -

Compass points
Spend a buck
An dmore

Redesign a new plan - that includes ALL Faculty and tech leaders.

Supporting research

ISTE Standards

The Social, Technological and Economic Trends listed in the 2020 Educause Horizon report call for an immediate redifining of the Tech Leadership job descriptions. What should their roles evolve into? It is not about an app or software anymore - it larger than that.

2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon report -

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Ruchira Kochar, American Embassy School
ISTE Certified Educator

Ruchira Kochar has over 20 years of experience with Technology in Education. Moving from being a computer teacher to a technology facilitator role she has been an integral part of the evolution of the Technology program at AES. She is passionate about finding the right connections between curriculum and the role technology can play in leveraging student learning. She believes that empowered students and teachers are the key ingredients of a successful learning environment. Working with lower primary grade levels is her primary domain and something she most enjoys.

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