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What Is Tech-Savvy Leadership? A Panel Discussion
Monday, January 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Presented by Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist; with Amber Teamann, Principal of Whitt Elementary in Wylie, TX; and Tony Sinanis, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching in the Plainedge School District, NY
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In an age where classrooms are filled with devices and learning is moving from static texts to ever-changing digital resources, administrators must be nimble and knowledgeable of all these changes. A tech-savvy leader is required to achieve success in 1:1, BYOD, and other technology initiatives. In this session, Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist; Amber Teamann, Principal; and Tony Sinanis, Assistant Superintendent, explored the following questions:
- What exactly is a tech-savvy leader?
- What are the skills these leaders possess?
- How do they keep up with current and evolving trends?
- And where do they turn when they have questions?
This panel of digital savvy experts presented how to transition to tech-savvy leadership. Steven W. Anderson, Amber Teamann, and Tony Sinanis explored challenges, strategies, and ideas for leaders looking to change. All leaders and administrators are invited, including teacher leaders and building and district administrators.
About the Presenters
Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, author and dad. He is the author of book The Tech-Savvy Administrator: How do I use technology to be a better school leader? As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology and best known as @web20classroom, he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration and using social media for learning and communicating. Steven presents at conferences worldwide and is also responsible in helping create #edchat, the most popular educational hashtag on Twitter. He is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Hero of Education and one of the top educational influencers on Twitter. Follow him at @Web20Classroom.
Amber Teamann is the principal of Whitt Elementary in Wylie, Texas. Amber has held a variety of leadership positions including assistant principal and Title I technology facilitator, which put her on 17 different campuses to help staff and students navigate their digital abilities and responsibilities. Earlier in her career, she taught 4th grade. Her credo is that all subjects can be made more engaging to students if we are able to deliver it in a manner in which they want to learn. Recognizing the power of social media and our inherent role in controlling how our stories are told, Amber has worked with educators, both locally and those across the globe, to make transparency a reality for their campus and districts.You can find Amber on Twitter as @8amber8.
Dr. Tony Sinanis is the assistant superintendent for Learning and Teaching in the Plainedge School District. Prior to that, Tony was the lead learner (principal) at National Blue Ribbon School Cantiague Elementary in Jericho, New York. He is co-author of Hacking Leadership, The Power of Branding, and Principal Professional Development. Tony is the 2014 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year. He is also the founder and co-moderator of #NYedchat. Tony co-hosts the Successful Schools podcast with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo as well. You can find Tony on Twitter @TonySinanis.
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