Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology (5e) : 9780137058228

Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology (5e)

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For students taking Introduction to Educational Administration and Leadership courses.


A practical and current guide to the application of technology in schools for both administrative and instructional uses.


Technology in schools has evolved from the predominance of stand-alone computers to a blend of computer, media, communications, and other forms of technology dominated by the ubiquitous Internet and World Wide Web. In addition, K-12 education has evolved into a much more outcomes-driven enterprise that depends upon technology and data to perform many of its basic functions.  


This edition of Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology provides educators with both the theoretical and the practical considerations for planning and implementing technology in today’s schools, with an emphasis on the total application of technology including both administrative and instructional uses. Designed for preservice and inservice educators such as administrators, teachers, technology coordinators, and media specialists, this fifth edition text builds a strong foundation from which educators may provide informed leadership and become agents for realising the powerful potential of technology in their schools.


Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology is presented in three sections that instructs readers on how to successfully plan, initiate, implement, and support technology in their schools. Section I covers the basic concepts and foundations of technology in schools, including a chapter on pedagogical and social issues related to technology that should be considered as part of the planning process. Section II provides six chapters on the nature of technology applications and technology in action, including three separate chapters discussing technologies related to multimedia, the Internet, and distance learning, as well as a new chapter on data-driven decision-making. Section III concludes with information on the primary components of planning for and developing technology applications in schools, and provides practical information on evaluating, funding, and implementing these components.

Table of contents
  • SECTION I Basic Concepts and Foundations
  • 1 Introduction to Technology and Planning
  • 2 Basic Concepts of Planning
  • 3 Technology, Learning, and Equity Issues
  • SECTION II Technology in Action
  • 4 Technology for School Leadership
  • 5 Wisdom and Data-Driven Decision Making
  • 6. Technology in Instruction 
  • 7 Multimedia in Education
  • 8 Data Communications, the Internet, and Educational Applications
  • 9 Distance Learning
  • SECTION III Planning and Implementation
  • 10 Hardware and Software Evaluation
  • 11 People, Technology and Professional Development
  • 12 Facilities, Policies and Procedures
  • 13 Financial Planning
New to this edition
  • Thorough updates that reflect the expansion and integration of technology and its derivative activities in the past few years keep this book current and relevant.


  • Over 60 new citations throughout the chapters’ contents and case studies have been updated to reflect current thinking and advances in technology as it is applied to education.


  • An entirely new chapter on data-driven decision-making sheds light on this current topic in school leadership and familiarizes readers with the process of collecting and analyzing student data.


  • A new chapter combining the evaluation of hardware and the evaluation of software reflect the increasing integration of these two components of technology planning.


  • New course material has been added on the subjects of social networking, distance learning, blended learning, open source software, e-books, multimedia, electronic whiteboards, and wireless local area networks.
Features & benefits
  • Case studies located at the end of most chapters stimulate further thought and discussion while also relating the chapter material to actual technology-related situations that exist for leaders in schools.
  • Key concepts and questions at the end of each chapter provide students with a summary of the major ideas and issues presented in each chapter and with follow-up questions for the student to consider.
  • Suggested activities at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for students to extend the text material to real-life situations.
  • Reference lists located at the end of each chapter contain almost three hundred citations and allow students to pursue further reading, research, and study outside of the classroom.
  • A basic technology concepts and terms appendix offers students a concise but thorough review of technology vocabulary that will be useful in their studies.
Author biography

Anthony G. Picciano is the author of nine books in the fields of educational leadership, technology, and research methods, including Blended Learning: Research Perspectives (Sloan Consortium, 2007) and the Educational Research Primer (Continuum, 2004). Picciano is a professor in the Education Administration and Supervision Program in the School of Education at Hunter College. He is also a member of the faculty in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, the doctoral program in Interactive Pedagogy and Technology, and the CUNY Online BA Program in Communication and Culture at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  His teaching specialties include educational technology, organization theory, policy, and research methods.