Engaged Leaders Make the Difference:
SASPA Leadership and Learning Technologies Conference
The South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (SASPA) held a Conference on Leadership and Learning Technologies in Adelaide on Friday 13 September. Two representatives from Daymap, Guy Thomas, Director of Loop Software, and Scott Anderson, Professional Learning Manager, were privileged to attend this exciting event, which featured action research projects from a number of Daymap Schools.
Chaired by Wendy Johnson, Principal of Glenunga International High School, the conference focused on the findings from a Learning Technologies Research Project conducted by researchers from the University of South Australia. Further, presentations were made from a number of schools on the theme of Leadership and Learning Technologies, including presentations from Daymap Schools Thebarton Senior College, Aberfoyle Park High School and Unley High School.
The key theme of the day was the vital importance of the engagement of school leadership in the change management processes involved in implementing new learning technologies. The case studies presented in the school seminars highlighted the crucial role that senior leaders within a school play in ensuring that the adoption of new technologies within the school is managed in a meaningful and robust manner.
This research certainly reinforces our own experiences at Daymap. We offer a range of support services in managing the implementation process for new Daymap Schools, and find that the schools that engage with these services, in particular those that involve senior leaders in the process, become the most successful Daymap Schools. Change requires direction and management, and those schools with a leadership who own this process invariably have the most success in navigating the implementation process.
Congratulations to SASPA and to Wendy Johnson from Glenunga International High School for running a thoughtful, informative and inspiring conference.
Professional Learning Manager
Loop Software Pty Ltd.