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Part 1: A Problem and A Solution
Part 2: Create Momentum
Part 3: Cast a Vision
Cast a Vision: A golf ball Picture
This video illustrates your vision - it is a TV commercial celebrating Jordan Spieth's FedEx Cup win. Take a minute to watch it before you keep reading. Watch it twice actually. The first time, take it all in. The second time, notice that it starts with only ONE golf ball and count how many seconds it takes for the image to come into focus.
This video embodies these Truths about Vision:
- You have to start small to cast a big vision - the video starts with one golf ball.
- You are the only one who can see the whole vision - you can see Jordan Speith's entire image,
- Others around you can only see what relates to them - they only see the first Golf Ball.
- You need to get others to see the entire picture - back up slowly to see Jordan's image start to take shape.
The work behind the vision
State it Simply
Vision: Use technology to achieve learning goals
Questions that drive the vision:
- What are your learning goals?
- How can technology help you with instruction to achieve your learning goals?
- How can technology help your students show they've achieved the learning goal?
Once you have the technology integration vision simplified you can begin to communicate it to all stake holders.
Casting the Vision Up and Down the Ladder
Communicate to Stakeholders:
- Communicate to Leaders: Schedule a meeting. Bring your research and ISTE standards (see the previous blog post Create Momentum) and help your leadership see the importance of this adoption and why it cannot wait. Don't sit back and wait for them to just "get it" one day - you have to help them see the big picture of the vision!
- Communicate to Teachers: Use the videos in the Create Momentum post and any other dramatic ways you can think of to help teachers see the need for change. Teachers are often isolated and only see what is happening in their classrooms; help them see how the new kind of student will impact them directly when they show up in their desks.
- Communicate to Parents: Parents often need a lot of guidance in a technology transition. Be sure to provide them multiple opportunities to hear and read about the vision and the "why behind the change" and then be sure to provide them flipped videos or other tools to learn the new program. This will help them understand the impact the LMS will make on their student's learning.
- Communicate to Students: Students are going to be the first ones on this boat. Push them on there, show them the basics, and let them explore. Create a group of student trailblazers to work beside your teacher LMS coaches as a support to students and teachers in the classroom. Use social tools like LMS groups to allow students to take ownership of the program and use it for internal club or activity communication.
One time is not enough
This means that every time you have an opportunity to share your vision with a leader in your school, you do it. Yes, you will sound like a broken record. At least they will know that you are consistent and serious about this effort and change.
You will get push back - from pretty much everyone in the stakeholder list. You keep that record spinning and keep sharing the vision. It will take months and even years before people can see even a few more golf balls in the vision. You have to embrace the leadership role of casting the vision constantly.
Make your vision come to life
Find examples of teachers in your school using technology to meet their learning goals. Find them and highlight them in every avenue you can. In a blog post, in a faculty email, in a staff meeting, in an article for the website. Find ways to emphasize what this change looks like when it is done right and how it transforms the classroom when it is used well.
You create a win-win situation because you have praised a teacher for his hard work and encouraged him in his efforts toward making change in his classroom. But you've also shown the rest of the staff or community what success looks like. Find ways to celebrate your teachers and raise them up as exemplars and models for others.