Implementing Learning Technologies in Schools: The Role of Organizational Development and Change Management
Abstract: The planning and implementation of technologies for learning by schools across the country continues to grow. Providing technology access to students throughout their K-12 education, coupled with effective digital learning opportunities to support academic achievement, are, arguably, important investments if we are to truly create systems focused on graduating college and career ready students for the 21st century workforce. Given the myriad of factors influencing the success rate of technology initiatives for learning, and the pervasiveness of what seems to be contradictory studies for and against the use of digital devices in classrooms, contributing to the research work available to inform the strategic planning, implementation and overall success of device initiatives targeting school-age students seems to be of particular importance. This brief paper aims to present the preliminary research design focused on studying the impact of change management and organizational development principles as applied by school principals tasked with leading implementations of technologies for learning.