The book focuses on effective technology use and diffusion. Theoretical principles such as SAMR and TPACK are discussed and connected to real-world scenarios, emphasizing leadership in implementing classroom and school-wide technology implementation to support student learning. Theories and practices for providing professional development for technology implementation are addressed. Activities to be completed in small groups or individually, as well as examples of technology tools, are provided to further underscore the application of key concepts.
Lin Carver, PhD, serves as the director of program approval in the College of Education and Social Services and the program administrator for the Master’s in Reading Program at Saint Leo University.
Holly S. Atkins is associate professor of education, chair of the Undergraduate Education Department, and director of the Teacher Technology Summer Institute at Saint Leo University.
Chapter 1: Creating a Culture of Investigation - Holly Atkins, Nakita Gillespie, & Kimberly Higdon
Chapter 2: Digital Access and Ethics- Monica Iles
Chapter 3: Using Technology to Enhance Profession Learning- Rachel Hernandez
Chapter 4: Writing in a Digital Environment- Elisabeth Denisar
Chapter 5: Digital Wellness in our Schools- Brandy Pollicita
Chapter 6: The Role of Coding- Madison McClung
Chapter 7: Breaking Down Barriers to Achievement Through Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology- Lori Goehrig, Maureen Kasa, & Jessie Brown
Chapter 8: Visual and Auditory Production- Lin Carver & Lauren Pantoja
Chapter 9: Enhancing Social and Emotional Learning through Technology- Lin Carver & Lauren Pantoja
Leading in a Digital Environment is a creative and thoughtful leadership book at a time when school districts find the need to move toward a digital platform. The importance of trust, flexibility, and building a positive community in our virtual world are highlighted in Drs. Carver and Atkins’ book. All current and aspiring educators would benefit from reading this book to help them keep up with the relevant and changing needs of the 21st century learner.
Looking toward a post-COVID public education environment, the leadership tools outlined in Leading in a Digital Environment are essential aspects of any educator's skill set. As leaders we must adapt and respond to effectively engage with the students we serve. Drs. Carver and Atkins have created a companion resource for any educator to keep close as they navigate the ambiguity of the future.