of a Good Technology Plan
The best technology plan is one that suits local
priorities and is closely linked to its district's instructional goals and developed
by a broadly representative planning group. As with any educational innovation,
it can take as much as five years for improvements in technology implementation
to impact student achievement measures. Therefore, most technology plans are designed
with goals and objectives that extend over a five-year period.
Below are several key items to include in your multi-year technology plan.
For more details on developing these components and identifying funding sources
to support them, go to our online bookstore and check out Planning
- Vision statement
An effective technology plan begins with a vision statement that focuses on
learning goals and outcomes.
View some examples of technology plan vision
- Assessment of current technology in your district
Where you are and where you want to be. This information provides a baseline
for planning and implementation.
-- Online surveys can be an efficient way of collecting data from a large
number of teachers...particularly if your district has a well-developed network
which offers all teachers WWW connectivity. Here's an example
of an online survey.
- Curriculum integration
Curriculum integration involves curriculum goal setting, infrastructure planning,
and professional development planning. These may be stated broadly or may
list specific outcomes by grade level.
Check out our resources for curriculum
- Evaluation plan
How you will evaluate the effectiveness of technology once you start
to implement technology? You will want to assess all elements of your technology
initiativefrom teachers instructional use to the effectiveness
of local policies regarding access, training, and support.
-- See our resources in the area of technology
- Equitableand practicalaccess for teachers and students.
What is your strategy for providing technology access to teachers and students?
Also, do you have provisions for an "Acceptable Use Policy" (AUP) for using
the computer, especially for the Internet?
-- View some sample AUP's from the Northwest
Educational Technology Consortium.
- Professional development
Teacher training is one of the most important elements in a successful technology
effort. Effective technology professional development involves strategies
that address not only basic technology skills, but also strategies for changing
instruction and integrating technology into daily classroom activities. How
do you plan to deliver the necessary professional development?
Read an interview with our Director of Professional
Development, Heather Hurley and view a presentation on professional
development for technology integration.
- Community engagement
Community engagement is a crucial component to success. You should
recognize that your "community" includes everyone in your school district
- board members, administrators, teachers, support personnel, and students
- as well as parents and others that are directly or indirectly associated
with your schools.
- Specifications for hardware and software acquisitions. The software
(instructional materials and applications) that best suits your school or
district's instructional needs should determine hardware (equipment) purchases.
Compatibility and ease of use are also important considerations.
- Networking and multimedia access. Items in this category may include
wiring and cabling, provisions for a local area network, Internet services,
and access to cable or satellite television lines.
- Facilities modification and other infrastructure supports. When adapting
older facilities, consider the need to add electrical outlets or telephone
lines, adapt heating, cooling, or ventilation systems. You may need to add
or remove carpeting, alter acoustics, or repair a leaky roof.
- Safety and security measures. This may include not only concerns
about physical safety and protecting equipment and supplies, but also provisions
for assuring the security of student records, teachers files, etc.
- System maintenance, troubleshooting, and technical support. This
important topic may include processes and personnel requirements for maintaining
equipment, troubleshoot hardware and software problems, and provide technical
support to staff.
-- Assessment of your infrastructure. Technology systems and software
will become outdated and equipment will wear out. Your technology planning
process should include provisions for regular review.
Time and Money
- Timeline. You will need to develop several timelines for carrying
out different parts of your technology plan. So, don't forget to include those
timelines in your technology plan, too!
More Technology Planning Resources
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Last updated, January 1, 2001