“Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration
of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.” – ISTE Coaching Standard 1
A “shared vision” is a powerful thing. Combining a “shared vision” with the power of digital technology (aka, “comprehensive integration of technology”) is a recipe for a truly transformational change that can lead to educational excellence. But creating a shared vision is difficult, and if 20-plus years in education and my time in the Digital Education Leadership program at SPU has taught me anything, it is this truism. Even the way the digital education program is structured reflects this reality. While it is the first ISTE coaching standard – logically since nothing can be done effectively without a vision, it is among the last units we studied in the course. This is no accident. While determining a shared vision is the first step in integrating technology in the schools, it is one of the last steps when learning how to be a digital education leader. One must understand how all of the different elements of technological integration work before one can determine the shape of a vision for its implementation.