Planning for Technology in Education

Developing a School or District Technology Plan

District Technology Plans

ERIC Bibliography of Technology Planning Articles - compilation of some ERIC-digested articles. You can contact ERIC to receive the original copies of these articles.

Guiding Questions for Technology Planning

Local Infrastructures for School Networking: Current Models and Prospects - this paper by Denis Newman, Susan L. Bernstein, Bolt Beranek and Paul A. Reese identifies a paradigm shift that must take place in school networking. Its ultimate goal is to retool the schools with a local technical infrastructure that gives teachers and students immediate access to communication systems and information resources and thereby supports the implementation of advances in pedagogy and educational technology.

National Center for Technology Planning - contains the Guidebook for Developing an Effective Instructional Technology Plan as well as links to plans from various states and districts.

Policies & Plans

The Role of the School Business Manager in Technology Planning - a paper by Larry S. Anderson. Every individual associated with a school or school district is of vital importance to the process of technology planning. Certain people at the central administration level, however, have acutely crucial roles to play when the district is making plans to infuse technology pragmatically into instructional and administrative operations. One administrator often overlooked in the technology planning process is the school business manager.

Sample Format for Information Technology Plans

Strategic Technology Plans

Technology Planning: Recipe for Success - a paper by Larry S. Anderson and John F. Perry, Jr. Just as a cookbook has recipes that, if followed generally, will lead to delicious cuisine, a technology plan has the potential for providing directions to success. The preparation of an effective plan should evoke the same type of devotion to excellence that one might recognize in the kitchen of a fine chef as he/she works arduously to craft a delicacy. All the necessary ingredients must be gathered and handy for incorporation into the feast being prepared; however, not even the finest quality ingredients will yield the desired dish unless the recipe is explicit and is followed during the cooking activity.

Technology Planning Resources--MS State Univ

 

Sample Outline for a Technology Plan

  1. Mission Statement

  2. Information Technology Access
    1. Current Access
      1. Level of Connectivity
      2. Facility Network
      3. Number of Computers
      4. Types of Computers
      5. Types of Assistive Technology Devices
      6. Equipment Distribution
    2. Future Requirement for Access
      1. Level of Connectivity
      2. Facility Network
      3. Numbers of Computers
      4. Types of Computers
      5. Types of Assistive Technology Devices
      6. Equipment Distribution
      7. Ways in which These Access Requirements Will Be Satisfied

  3. Information Technology Use
    1. Current Activities
      1. Instructional Activities
      2. Research Activities
      3. Current Use/Users of Academic Resources
    2. Future Activities
      1. Requirements for Instructional Activities
      2. Requirements for Research Activities
      3. Future Uses/Users for Academic Resources
      4. Ways in which These Use Requirements Will Be Satisfied

  4. Information Technology Staff Development
    1. Current Levels
      1. Number of Inservice Training Sessions
      2. Number of Staff Trained in Information Technology Functionality
      3. Number of Staff Trained in Information Technology Applications
      4. Distribution of Trained Staff
    2. Future Levels
      1. Projected Need for Inservice Training Sessions
      2. Projected Need for Staff Trained in Information Technology Functionality
      3. Projected Need for Staff Trained in Information Technology Applications
      4. Projected Distribution of Trained Staff
      5. Ways in which These Training Requirements Will Be Satisfied

  5. Information Technology Support Staff
    1. Current Staff
      1. Number of Trainers
      2. Number of Technical Support Staff
      3. Number of Maintenance Staff
      4. Distribution of Staff
    2. Future Staff
      1. Projected Need for Trainers
      2. Projected Need for Technical Support Staff
      3. Projected Need for Maintenance Staff
      4. Projected Distribution of Staff
      5. Ways in which These Staff Requirements Will Be Satisfied

 

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