As a teacher in my very small low income district we did not have a technology director or even tech team, we had myself one individual that met with the principal (who openly would admit knowing nothing about it but seeing a need and purpose) regularly to share ideas, tools, resources, and information that we as a district needed to be using or accessing. I worked continuously with teachers to help them integrate the technology we had into their daily lessons and created PD opportunities for the staff. Students were a big part of this push, having very little technology in the district it was important for students to have the opportunity to bring their own devices so students would share and work with teachers to help them understand how to use these tools and how the students are using these tools for learning opportunities. Technology leaders can come in large groups or can be one individual person working to create those large groups but it’s someone that sees the need and purpose for using technology in the educational setting.
Technology leaders can also be students, they can be those that are working with teachers to help them understand and learn (as a senior in high school I was teaching teachers and others students how to use and create movies on iMove and the need for this tool in our school) or they can be students who are doing great things with technology in and out of school. Today, you read many articles about students who are creating prosthetic legs and arms for animals and humans. Shoes for those less fortunate on their 3D printing machines. These individuals are taking the tools that have been given to them and using them for good. They are being creative and thinking outside the box to solve an issue that not just affects them as an individual but the community or world as a whole. The push right now in so many classroom is to begin using technology to create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically. The individuals that are pushing their knowledge and technology use beyond the ordinary and those I believe make great technology leaders.