After this weeks lesson I realized how much experience plays a part in making decision at an administrator level. I say this because when I make decisions at my school my focus is too narrow because I haven't had to deal with the larger picture yet. Better said, I haven't had the opportunity to work in a bigger district where the flow of information is much larger and from many different DATA points.
As I read about the different standards I realize how complex integrating systems can be and how having the right standard for your systems is crucial for those systems to operate the way you want to. Beyond this, I also realized how security is an issue that can't be ignored and that there needs to be an effort by leaders, both tech knowledgeable and no tech knowledgeable to understand the need for security over functionality.
This is where current state and future state planning is important because if we as educational leaders want to make the most of this surge in technology and education. We need to make sure that we plan with security and interoperability in mind. Without security, parents and the community will not want the use of technology in the classroom and without interoperability the systems that will be put in place will not be as efficient as possible.