Websites for Technology PlanningEdit

  • ICT PD contains a wealth of information that will be helpful in all stages of technology planning.

Comments from the ISED list-serv on technology plansEdit

  • Rather than doing large multiyear technology plans (which we did twice in the past 20 years) we seem to be in a period where we are moving forward incrementally on a number of fronts using the regular technology budget and some additional money raised annually by the Parents. Aux.. Incrementally does not mean slowly. We are making good steady progress in a number of areas (Smartboard integration, web 2.0 integration, digital video, faculty professional development, robotics, student information systems) but these are viewed as ongoing efforts that will evolve and change naturally. The focus is on process - the overriding goal being steady ongoing efforts to make effective educational use of rapidly developing information technology. The actions needed to achieve this goal are determined in regular ongoing meetings of the IT staff and appropriate administrators. I think that partially this approach is the result of having a laptop program, which is such a big thing to digest -with so many implications and impacts- that no one feels the need to sit around and figure out what to eat next.
  • Before you start planning, make sure you know why you want this plan:
    • Is it a roadmap that everyone agrees to ahead of time, with funding, so that when it comes time to follow the roadmap you don't have to re-discuss?
    • It is a philosophical plan that everyone hopes you will be able to achieve but there is a possibility that you might not have the time, staffing, money, etc in 3 years that you hope to have?
    • Who's job will it be to implement the plan?
    • Can anyone override the plan?
    • How possible is it to plan for technology 5 years in advance? How much of your technology infrastructure, setup, teaching methods, etc could have been predicted 5 years ago, for instance?
    • Can you accurately project costs 5 years from now? What if laptops really are $100 in 5 years?
    • How reliable is educational research out there right now. Does it even matter?
    • Will this plan be used to justify spending, or job positions? That could likely change how it is written
  • Jason's 3 part model of tech planning: "Part one is a budget cycle which rotates over 3 years and determines which portion of the program gets the focus of time and money (academic, network, administrative). Part two of the plan is a budget narrative consisting of 3-4 pages that outlines the goals for the coming year and goes beyond money in talking about instructional goals (even in non-academic focused years). Finally, the outcomes are summarized each year in an annual board report which is put together based on weekly summaries. What I like about this system is that it the process takes about 8 months to create a positive feedback loop whic is more quickly than, say a 5-year technology plan. It allows a good deal of flexibility and transparency and ensures the strategic and tactical visions are reprocess frequently. Finally, it is attached to the process of submitting the technology budget. Many documents that are externally imposed are unsuccessful because they demand irrelevant information, require future proofing beyond what the organization can see/do, or because they are simply another form to fill out and only taken seriously by the board. Inventing the structure that works for your organization is key to having a valuable document, but so is integrating it into a process that makes it valuable (so it does not sit on the shelf)."
  • We discovered how useful the Tech Plan is when we presented a faculty laptop initiative to our Administration and, backed up by a clear tech plan, they were fully supportive.

Examples of school technology plansEdit

Tech Department Efficiency AnalysisEdit

This online tool or pdf version from ISTE is a matrix which analyzes technology across four domains: equipment standards, staffing and processes, professional development, and enterprise management.

TCO AnalysisEdit

Total Cost of Ownership Gartner Tool
Denver School of Science and Tech TCO analysis based on the Gartner tool:

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