Challenging Aspiring Digital Leaders


Shown is a screen shot of a Padlet displaying the Educator Professional Baseball Cards created in my Educational Leadership and Technology course. The activity, founded by author Brad Gustafson of Renegade Leadership, allows one to make a professional baseball card to hand out to parents rather than traditional business cards. The activity allows aspiring school leaders an alternative path to connect with parents and community stakeholders as well as learn two now technology tools — Google Drawings and Aurasma.

Education is one of the most uncomfortable professional fields.

One will never know everything they need to know because the field continually changes along with the students. Technology tools follow along the same line of thinking as educators must embrace and leverage the power of technology to stay relevant with 21st Century Students.

Coming out of my teacher education program, I was not equipped to use all the tools available for classroom instruction. I was inadequate. I could not meet the needs of my students, technology speaking.

However, I started to blog with my students early on.

Guess what?

They enjoyed it because they had an audience. If one technology tool worked I wonder how creating a video in class would go on Windows Movie Maker; it worked again. My students were engaged and took their understanding of the standards to a new level.

Ten years later

I do not want teachers entering the field with the same inadequacy dawned around my neck. Instead, I want to build technology integration capacity with my colleagues and students (undergraduate and graduate). I am fortunate enough to share my passion for #edtech with probies and seasoned classroom veterans.

This spring I have been blessed with 35 hardworking, passionate teachers who want to make a difference in the lives of students. Knowing students are wired differently, they have come on a journey of exploring, tinkering, taking risks, and jumping all into the life of a digital leader because it is what must happen to stay relevant with students.

Their work speaks for itself as they are becoming innovative and changing the lives of students by altering the pedagogy they are comfortable with and trying something different to meet the needs of their students.

Here is a small glimpse via Twitter.


Amazing! I cannot wait for the weeks to come and continue the transformation of these digital leaders in training.

Future Exploration Tools:

  • Augmented Reality
  • Green Screens

Brian Cook, Ed.D.


About briancookeducator

Husband, Daddy, teacher, #Mountaineer, coach, and aspiring school leader | Thoughts are my own.
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