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January 15th, 2009:

The Networked Student

I really enjoyed this student-created video. I thought I should share it with you. As I watched the video, I couldn’t help thinking that I would love my child to have this teacher. The video illustrates what the outcome might be if we taught students how to use the network as a place to learn. I think it shows some of the possibilities of the tools we all talk about using in class.

Let me know what you thought about this as you watched the video. Are there other videos you think I should watch?

Have your students create “The __________ Student”. You fill in the technology; blogging, podcasting, storytelling, movie making, or your idea.

Jim

Looking for a Job?

I was doing a workshop in the Chicago area and two of the participants asked me how they find people who are aware of new technologies and teaching strategies. I said the best place is online and that I would be wiling to share the application. So I am posting this to my blog and to Twitter to see if it will attract some good people to apply.

From the District:

The vacancy has been posted at: http://www.nssd112.org  (employment, job openings)

Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services
North Shore School District 112
1936 Green Bay Road – Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 681-6700, ext. 204, fax 681-6712
http://www.nssd112.org

JOB GOAL:
The Director of Technology will be primarily responsible for providing leadership and guidance
to the Technology Department, including the development of the overall technology strategy and the implementation of district-wide computing and network infrastructure that supports academic and administrative technology. In addition, he/she will be responsible for the coordination of technological applications in the operations of the district, and for the development,  implementation and evaluation of a long range plan for the application of computers and technology in all district programs, instructional and administrative.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Proven record of dynamic leadership in the fields of instructional and information technology
assessment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; strong knowledge of instructional materials, both print and electronic; successful experience in education; ability to supervise staff and, be part of an effective management team; ability to work well in a professional community with high expectations for its students and schools.

1.     Minimum of (5) years of leadership and supervisory experience in an information tech.
department &/or school leadership position, K-12 teaching and/or admin. experience preferred
2.     Bachelor’s degree in information systems, computer science or information technology or
related field or equivalent experience, master’s degree preferred
3.     Demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing an information technology organization
including budgeting (operating and capital) and expense control, effective communications,
contracting, human resource management, public relations and outreach
4.    Proven ability to design and implement organization technology initiatives in a broad
range
of services including telecommunications, instructional and administrative systems,
instructional media  services, and distance learning technology
5.    Experience with network capacity planning, network security principles, and general
network administration
6.    Must possess excellent organizational and writing skills and the ability to prioritize and
direct and manage multiple complex, simultaneous tasks and projects
7.    Excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written) and collaboration skills
8.    Comprehensive knowledge of computer systems, especially Apple Macintosh OSX and OSX
Server.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervises, plans, directs, trains and evaluates the technology department staff and other staff
as assigned.  These duties include but are not limited to:

1.    Foster a collaborative work environment among technology staff (District and school
levels)
2.    Create energy and momentum within the teams
3.    Manage employee relations within the department effectively and productively
4.    Create metrics to constantly evaluate effectiveness; identify opportunities to elevate
performance and develop strategies, tactics and tools to do so
5.    Ensure that end users receive consistent high quality, reliable and friendly customer
service from technical staff
6.    Advises administration on short and long term technology needs of the District toward the
realization of 21st Century learning environments for every learner and leader.
7.    Implement procedures and assist leadership for innovative educational and administrative
use of technology.
8.    Assist in the design, construction, maintenance and sustainability of a robust information
infrastructure that supports technology-rich learning environments and efficient  administrative
systems.

VISION AND PLANNING:
1.    Provide vision, strategic direction and operational leadership for the Information
Technology Department in support of District 112’s vision, mission, and goals
2.    Coordinate and maintain District 112’s information technology plan
3.    Set annual goals, operational objectives, priorities, strategic approach, and budget
requirements in accordance with the District 112’s information technology and strategic plans
4.    Initiate and direct technical projects in support of District 112’s strategic and
operational goals
5.    Design and implement business continuity planning and disaster/failure recovery procedures
and security  protocols
6.    Develop, monitor, and update information technology policies and procedures to support
the district’s technology needs in support of teaching, learning, and management needs.
7.    Develop and administer a comprehensive security program to protect information integrity
and ensure compliance with federal privacy requirements-the Children’s Internet Protection Act
(CIPA),
the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA)
8.    Develop, manage, and monitor the department’s budget and oversee District 112’s
participation in the E-Rate Program
9.    Consult regularly with senior level administrators to identify where technology can help
meet individual department / committee educational and managerial goals and needs, and consult with district administration and staff in the development of grant proposals.

SALARY:
Regionally competitive, with a minimum of $90,000 year, plus an attractive package that includes
fully paid pension contributions, and other benefits including fully paid medical and dental
insurance in a 12 month administrative or supervisory contract

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
January 30, 2009

Application Procedure:
Please apply online at www.nssd12.org An administrative selection team including the
Superintendent of Schools will review applications and a member of the selection team will call
select candidates in for interviews. The Superintendent will make a final recommendation to the
Board of Education for hire.