"Technology should be used by teachers, students and others in the community to develop capacity, to think, interact, share ideas and resources, to focus energy and attention on student learning. Technology has the power to do that in a way we've never been able to do before. Not that we throw out everything we've been doing. Face-to-face interaction is still important. But we’re limited by time and space. Technology frees us to interact with people around the globe."

— Dennis Richards, Superintendent, Falmouth Public Schools, MA


National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Vision 2021 initiative asks the important questions: What will schools be like in 2021? What will be the role of principals in 2021? What needs to be done today to prepare schools for the next generation? Visit their blog

Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent

Of all the challenges you face as a superintendent or educational leader, technology leadership may be the one that leaves you feeling the most unprepared, uncertain and vulnerable.

Tech Standards for Educational Leaders http://www.ncrtec.org/pd/tssa/tssa.pdf




Articles / Reports

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OLPC (one laptop per child)


Birmingham City Schools will be first in nation to get $200 XO laptops

Getting Up To Speed (Superintendents) - from CoSN's site

Executive summaries of reports from CoSN's Emerging Technologies. Series: Collaboration in K-12 Schools: Anywhere, Anytime, Any Way
Digital Learning Spaces 2010
Hot Technologies for K-12 Schools
A Guide to Handheld Computing in K-12 Schools
CoSN EdTechNext mini-reports
E-Rate: A Vision of Opportunity and Innovation. Education and Library Networks Coalition, July 2003
E-Rate: 10 Years of Connecting Kids and Community. Education and Libraries Networks Coalition and National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training, February 2007
Essential Conditions: Necessary Conditions to Effectively Leverage Technology for Learning. International Society for Technology in Education
Maximizing the Impact: The Pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st Century Education System. International Society for Technology in Education, Partnership for 21st Century Skills and State Education Technology Directors Association, 2007
Networked for Learning: Enabling 21st Century Student Success. ENA and Infotech Strategies, 2006
Socratic Arts

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21st Century Sites

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
eMINTS National Center -- Professional Development
Penn State's Educational Systems Design Project
Great Britain's 21st Century Learning Initiative
Building a 21st Century Learning Community
Michigan's 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Twenty-First Century Learning**