Dr. Camille Rutherford is an Associate Professor of Education at Brock University. As a former classroom teacher and university administrator, her work with teacher candidates, teachers, adult educators and educational leaders explores the use of technology to enhance teaching & learning and transform leadership.
The education community is in the midst of a groundswell of change as technology transforms the learning process at all levels. In addition to disrupting traditional notions of teaching and learning, technology has also had a profound impact on individual and collective leadership within the school.
A new genre of tech-enabled leadership that takes advantage of the affordance of technology to enable leadership actions that are open, collaborative and dynamic has begun to appear in many 21st century schools. With a focus on leader influence, tech-enabled leadership transforms the scale and scope of traditional leadership structures to facilitate the distribution of leadership actions to stakeholders that were previously shut out of the leadership process.
As these 21st century students graduate with a digital toolbox of technology resources that can be used to affect their leadership influence, the question becomes how will our civic and political institutions react to this generation of tech-enabled leaders?