TECHNOLOGY IS DOMINATED BY TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE; THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY DONT MANAGE; AND THOSE WHO MANAGE WHAT THEY DONT UNDERSTAND. PUTTS LAW
I’m sitting here contemplating my fundamental inadequacy when I put my experience and knowledge up against the CoSN “Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO" framework, particularly in the IT portion (III.) which they describe as 30% of the job.Where would you put yourself on this metric, and is a deep understand of network systems a critical part of doing this job well? I have absorbed, more or less by osmosis, a good deal of understanding of how the network pieces fit together, but my expertise is on the instructional side. I will always be dependent on the systems people for decent information.Should I be trying to acquire in some deliberate fashion more network design knowledge or should I depend on my management skills to help the wires & pliers people guide me to good systems-level decisions?Knowing you have a good sense of your own shortcomings, it dawned on me that you may be the right person for these questions.
But I also feel the same way about the technology integration specialists in my department - they are my teaching and learning, staff development, and application software gurus. My job it to make sure there is a realistic balance and common goals between the two sides of the equation. I depend on lots of external specialists and my colleagues in other school districts - my PLN, if you will.