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Renewing Our Commitment to Planning

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Re-Newing Our Commitment to Planning

 

 

Technology planning has entered a new phase. In the early years plans were focused on setting up the infrastructures necessary for success. The first technology plans had an emphasis on building out the network, providing computers in classrooms and labs, developing high level governance (example: hire a Director of Technology), insuring there was institutionalized tech support, professional development and funding.

 

After these plans were implemented, districts entered into a period of replacement and modification that did not require a major commitment to planning. If a district had 1,000 computers, a decent network, Internet access, tech support, and a decision making structure in place; the focus was on making minor adjustments to what was there. For example, a district might have created a bigger pipe to the Internet, upgraded the network to gigabit speeds, replaced computers that had "aged out", or upgraded operating systems. Initiatives like these did not require strategic plans. Because of this, planning became secondary and, if any was done at all, it was to conform to e-rate requirements.

 

We are now entering into a period of time where there have been significant changes in the learning environment, the world itself, and in the emerging trends and tools availble to schools. These changes call for a renewed commitment to planning, as well as new models of planning.

 

What are some of the elements to consider in an updated planning model?

 

1. The role of online learning both for teachers and students.

2. The ability to provide home access to school resources, 24x7x7.

3. The need to provide a structured plan for the acquisition of software and digital content.

4. The emerging role of web-based software allowing web access to resources and lower hardware and support costs.

5. The emerging role of data in decision making.(warehousing & SIF)

6. Unified desktops (portals) that aggregate appropriate resources and allow single log ons to multiple applications.

7. Lower computer costs making \"one to one\" more feasible.

8. WiMax and meshed WiFi making the school network accessible from home.

9. A new emphasis on innovative Leadership to inspire change in teaching and learning.

10. New networking strategies including \"virtualization\" and \"remote support\" that lower support costs and allow re-allocation of resources to \"one to one\" initiatives.

11. Inclusion of students in the planning process and as a resource in implementing the plan.

12. Identifying whether you are a candidate to move to Open Source software.

13. Converging data, voice, and video into one network. This can save substantial resources over the years.

14. Upgrades to Security (both data and network), asset tagging (inlcuding software license checks), Back up and Disaster Recovery plans.

 

We've learned a lot since those early plans and it's time to re-new our commitment to planning. On this page you will find some documents to help you in the process.

 

 

 

Modified National Educational Technology Plan Template.

 

 

Sample Content Plan

 

 

Adding Students to your Technology Plan Template

 

 

Sample Technology Plan Circa 1995

 

 

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