I just read an interesting post that discussed what are the most important interview questions that should be asked when Hiring a Director of Technology.
In her post Jean Tower made a list of information that would be important to know before hiring a Director. A few of her questions are:
Tell us about your vision of technology in education.
Describe the role of a technology director in an educational environment.
What would be your most important priorities for your first week on the job? first month? first year?
How would you work closely with curriculum and instruction department and how would you develop that relationship?
Michael Gorman added his thoughts:
1. How do you evaluate the success in the programs that you oversee?
2. How do you answer a teacher’s concern that states “I have no time for technology because I have to much curriculum to follow?”?
3. What is the role of technology in a 21st century school program?
4. How do you differentiate the idea of technology and curriculum?
5. What steps do you take to insure that technology serves the student?
6. How do you decide on technology purchases for a building?
7. In what areas should you be involved in professional development and how can you use technology to sustain teacher growth?
Liz Davis added her thoughts: I would definitely also want to know how they are personally using technology. What are their favorite technology tools? Are they blogging? Do they use Twitter? I would ask them to describe their personal learning network. I would also ask what blogs they read? Who inspires them? Who do they follow on Twitter? Why?
I would like to know what the Director candidate thought about filtering in schools. Does the person think that filtering is necessary? Do they think there are sites that should be blocked? This information would tell me a lot about the person.
So, what would you ask? What would the most important question be?