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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
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?
General Guidelines for Planning
focus on the next three to five years
involve education, parent and community stakeholders in their design
be guided by the education and training needs of learners
specify clear objectives related to national, state and local education
incorporate technology applications and practices that have been tested
for their educational benefits
In implementing the technology plan several factors must be present:
The technology must be integrated into the curriculum and incorporated
into the mainstream of instructional programs.
Technology development, management and sustainability must be a standard
feature of the budget.
The technology plan must coordinate with existing school and district plans.
The technology plan must also coordinate with existing school and district
The technology plan must be a school-wide effort - in other words, all
stakeholders must have meaningful input.
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.
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.
The school and district administration must support and have involvement
in the planning, implementation and sustaining of the technology efforts.
Possible Figures/Tables to Include:
Scope & Sequence with Introduction, Reinforcement, & Mastery
at grade levels
Technology Plan Implementation
Technology Plans and Technology Planning Resources
for technology Planning
Planning and Information Guide
Technology Planning and Information Gopher
w/Technology Profile Tool (downloadable software)
of Content Knowledge Standards
Training Bookmarks - Staff Development
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, email@example.com, 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;
5) Appendix 3 - Technology Goals, Standards & Measurements
as found at:
Richardson ISD, Texas