What Principals Must Know About Information Technology

KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania — They’re being called the Kutztown 13 — a group of high schoolers charged with felonies for bypassing security with school-issued laptops, downloading forbidden internet goodies and using monitoring software to spy on district administrators.

As a school administrator you have many responsibilities that support a basic understanding of Information Technology as essential to your role.

  • This increased knowledge will enable you to work with the IT staff and set effective policies that mesh with your desired learning environment.
  • An understanding of Information Technology will enable you to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment for both staff and students.
  • When digital incidents happen you will want to be prepared to deal with them in a manner that results in clear action with minimal liabilities.

You must think of your building’s digital information in the same manner that you consider the overall building security and tests being locked in the school safe. One analogy is: To know what ‘digital doors’ information is behind and who has the ‘digital keys’ to those doors.

From Professional Learning Board’s online continuing education course for teachers: Technology for Education Leaders

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