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Certification evaluation

level appeal to CTOs, digital learning
specialists and other leaders, and applicants typically need several years of
edtech experience as a prerequisite.
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has offered the Certified Education Technology Leader
(CETL) certification since 2012. In
late 2017, the organization updated the
program to highlight specific "essential
skills" that previous participants found
most valuable-particularly data privacy
and network security know-how.
"I have the knowledge and skill set
to participate in district-level discussions
and to make informed decisions that
impact an entire district and community
positively," Mike Leseberg, executive
director for information technology at
Richland School District in Washington, says of the training.
Regional groups, such as the Texas
Computer
Education
Association
(TCEA), offer similar IT director programs that cover leadership skills.
"Districts are making huge investments in technology, and having some-

one in that discussion at the planning
phase with solid leadership, management
and communication skills is vital," says
Morgean Hirt, senior director of certification for CoSN.
Campus specialist prep
National and regional resources can step
in so CIOs don't have to train campuslevel tech leaders, their teams or district
teachers on every new program. These
sessions are geared toward digital media
specialists, librarians or computer lab
teachers who sometimes take charge
when an individual school implements
new technology.
Regional organizations, such as
TCEA, offer programs that prepare
these school-level leaders to help teachers
introduce new edtech into curricula and
classrooms. National education technology organizations, meanwhile, increasingly offer "tool agnostic" certifications
that are more focused on overall technology standards and mindset.
This may appeal to CIOs who don't
have a district-specific program to guide

DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT-Educators now seek certifications that enhance their
ability to use technology to personalize instruction and to create blended, online
learning. CUE's Blended Online Lesson Design (BOLD) is one such program.

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teachers in incorporating more technology into classrooms.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), for instance,
launched its Certification for Educators
in June 2018. The competency-based,
vendor-neutral certification focuses on
using technology to transform learning and to improve student outcomes.
Regional groups-the New York Association for Computers and Technologies
(NYSCATE), Midwest Education Technology Community (METC), Northwest Council for Computer Education
(NCCE) and TCEA-partner with
ISTE to host the training.
"Bridge the past and future by getting your teachers confident and competent in using the tech you have invested
in already," says Carolyn Sykora, senior
director of the ISTE Standards Program.
Era of 'open pedagogy'
As these tool-agnostic programs become
popular, the training industry is moving
away from the idea of traditional certification as well.
New "open pedagogy" training can
help CIOs and technology leaders equip
their districts with a focus on broad
technology concepts rather than on basic
"do-this, do-that" instruction.
These programs favor student choice
in the classroom, emphasize higherorder thinking skills, and highlight ways
to develop life skills such as creativity,
problem-solving, collaboration and communication.
The idea is to help districts guide students toward autonomy, motivation and
self-regulation in learning.
CUE, formerly Computer-Using
Educators, launched CUE Craft in
June 2018 to teach an #OpenPedagogy
approach that is less dependent on textbooks in classrooms and instead focuses
on holistic instruction.
CUE also offers BOLD, or Blended
Online Lesson Design. "The certification market has become saturated, and

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