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Technology Planning: Questions and Contemplations

In designing and developing a school or district technology plan a number of different subjects need to be addressed. These include the school's interest in and directions for technology, the present physical plant and technology inventory, the uses of technology through out the school, hardware purchasing and integration, software purchasing and standardization, and staff training and development integration of the technology into the regular instructional environment as well as assessment of the technology program. These questions are grouped to help you examine and delineate your school's aims, desires, needs, and resources.

Questions that need to be asked but may not show in your final technology plan:

In which areas of technology planning is it effective to compromise on desired outcomes and where can it be counter productive?

In what major categories could a technology plan be divided?

What support is available for technology planning?

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General Guidelines for Planning 

Plans should:
  1. focus on the next three to five years 
  2. involve education, parent and community stakeholders in their design 
  3. be guided by the education and training needs of learners 
  4. specify clear objectives related to national, state and local education goals 
  5. incorporate technology applications and practices that have been tested for their educational benefits 
Implementation Process:

In implementing the technology plan several factors must be present: 

  1. The technology must be integrated into the curriculum and incorporated into the mainstream of instructional programs. 
  2. Technology development, management and sustainability must be a standard feature of the budget. 
  3. The technology plan must coordinate with existing school and district plans. 
  4. The technology plan must also coordinate with existing school and district technologies. 
  5. The technology plan must be a school-wide effort - in other words, all stakeholders must have meaningful input. 
  6. Professional Development activities must be conducted for teachers, administrators, support staff and any other individuals who will be involved in the technology implementation and sustaining the infrastructure. 
  7. Classroom level interventions must occur. For technology to be effective and have a real impact on student learning, it MUST be used at the classroom level as part of the regular, day-to-day instruction. 
  8. The school and district administration must support and have involvement in the planning, implementation and sustaining of the technology efforts. 

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Possible Figures/Tables to Include: 

  1. Timelines/Graphs, etc. 
  2. Infrastructure Implementation 
  3. Internet Connectivity 
  4. Telecommunications 
  5. Hardware 
  6. Software 
  7. Curriculum Development

  8. Scope & Sequence with Introduction, Reinforcement, & Mastery at grade levels 
  9. Staff Development 
  10. K-16 Communication 
  11. Administrative Functionality 
  12. Staffing Allocations 
  13. Technology Plan Implementation 

Technology Plans and Technology Planning Resources

  1. national center for technology Planning 
  2. NCREL Planning and Information Guide 
  3. NCREL Technology Planning and Information Gopher 
  4. Learning w/Technology Profile Tool (downloadable software) 
  5. Compendium of Content Knowledge Standards 
  6. NCREL Professional Development 
  7. ITDC Training Bookmarks - Staff Development 
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1) Dr. C. Gunn, Professor of Educational Technology, NAU, provided a multitude of resources and advisement as this template was being created.

2) Dr. Nan Wodarz, former Technology Coordinator for the Paradise Valley school district, provided a checklist based on the table of contents of the Paradise Valley school district Technology Plan.

3) Appendix 1 - Acceptable Use Policy Example from:

Phil Rose, Academic & Research Computing Services, Training Coordinator, Florida Tech, (407) 768-8000 ext 8895, prose@sci-ed.fit.edu, 150 West University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901-6988; available at:


This is a copy of the form we use for school community access.
It can be changed any way you would like. It is also available from the Education Gopher at Florida Tech Listed in All the Gophers of the World

4)Appendix 2 - Software Evaluation Instrument; by Gary E. Karcz;
(Adapted from: 

5) Appendix 3 - Technology Goals, Standards & Measurements as found at:
http://www.richardson.k12.tx.us/administration/special/appendA.html Richardson ISD, Texas

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[Template Index]
[Planning Guidelines] [
Resources] [Tables]
[Template] [Vision] [Mission] [Goals
[Committee] [Needs Assessment] [Infrastructure] [Maintenence] [Curriculum and Staff Integration]
[Staff Development] [Curriculum Intergration] [Administrative Integration] [Funding] [Assessment
[AUP] [Software: Standards/Evaluation
[Examples of: Goals, Standards and Measurements


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